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2006 Craigellachie 12 Year Old "Sovereign" K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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Every year the biggest struggle we have when selecting casks isn't necessarily finding ultra-rare casks. If we're willing to pay for them, the diamonds are there. What's much more difficult to find are the affordable sherried malts from good distilleries. Last year we smashed things up with an absolutely stellar Aultmore. This year we've got a few replacements, one of them being this incredible cask of Craigellachie. While it doesn't have the inky, nearly bitter extraction that the Aultmore had, there might not be a better sherried whisky available for this price anywhere. Craigellachie is a workhorse whisky, but its stalwart quality is well known to blenders. Sitting on the hill directly across from Macallan, just a short trip over the River Spey, Craigellachie was never sold as a single malt because Dewar’s was too lucrative to spend time selling single malt. There's no visitor’s center or other fanfare but those who know this special distillery grow to love it. In 2014, the distillery finally released an OB. Long before those well-received bottles appeared on the scene, the malt was well-regarded by Independent Bottlers, especially when aged in sherry casks. The rich malty character and deep waxy fruit are perfectly balanced by the roasted nutty flavors of this sherry butt. No question, this will be up there as one of the best values we'll have to offer in malts all year, maybe ever. An absolute must-try by any measure. Those who know best are bunkering this bad boy.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2020 | Send Email
I keep wanting to call this the cask of the season, but I only hesitate because there's SO much more coming down the line I don't want to overstate just how special this whisky truly is. That said there's no doubt that this will be one of those incredible values that people will be asking for in the months and maybe years to come. 12 full years in an Oloroso Sherry Butt have turned the majestic malt from Craigellachie into a veritable gem. The nose is full on Oloroso with the dry nutty aromatics taking full charge. It's not the extracted almost bitter bomb that we had from last years Aultmore, but it's no less complex and filled with sherry character. The palate is ultra rich with the bold Oloroso character blade locked with the dense malt - the tiniest hint of fresh peat aromatic is a bonus. With a bit of water the whole thing transmutes into one of the most balanced and approachable malts we've sold in years. The nuttiness gives way slightly to a complex dried blood orange, cigar box, exotic wood. The palate has tons of sweet malt to balance the sherry and while some may prefer this at full strength with water this is one of the most exciting and drinkable whiskies we've ever sold. The total package in every sense of the term and priced to bunker. The first of many legends in the 2018 Whisky Season!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2018 | Send Email
This is undoubtedly one of our single malt values of the season. To find a cask strength, 12 year old single malt of any type - let alone one of this quality for this price - is extremely difficult, bordering on impossible. Opening with sweet aromas of brown sugar, molasses and the typical array of dried fruits you find on Oloroso and PX sherries, the palate does not disappoint. As at least one of my other colleagues mentioned, a few flicks of water really helps to open up this whiskey, exposing nearly tropical fruit notes and a lovely salinity as well. Incredible stuff.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2018 | Send Email
Oh man, I like this and wish I was sitting in my grandpa's basement drinking this right now. This toasty Scotch comes at you with scents of old leather, cigar box, tobacco, and just a little creaminess to take the edge off. There are tiny notes of dark caramel and molasses, cardamom, clove, and a lingering smell of buttery cooked cherries. The palate boasts bigger spice, bolder leather, and a phenolic bandaid flavor that I love. Adding water enhances the caramel and brings out a nice saltiness.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2018 | Send Email
This has daily drinker all over it. It's a hefty, oily, waxy scotch with deep sherry notes and for a measly 55 bucks for full cask strength juice. The powdery tannins are present, but not overpowering. They showcase the sexy rancio flavors of the finest sherries and bring out the underlying fruity character of the malt. A little water added and this malt explodes into flavors of rolled oats, granola, stone fruit compote, dried figs and cold beer. A perfect pour for every night of the week.

By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2018 | Send Email
Its richly dark color is completely natural and due to its delicious 12 years in sherry oak. The near 60% ABV is barely detectable on the nose, which is instead replaced by dried apricot and cooking spices. After a few drops of water, the flavors truly appear and the liveliness of this whisky shows itself. With the new 12 year standard price hanging around $70, it is unique to have something this interesting at this age/cask strength. Great find!

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2018 | Send Email
I had expected a rich and juicy sherry aged single malt with no smoke but got a pleasant surprise when I tasted this cask. The nose had the deep dried fruit aromas that I had expected but they were topped off with nice smoke notes. In the mouth it was rich and round with plenty of smoke to balance out the flavor profile. A great value for a high quality single malt.

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