Working our way into the second week of daily drams and we find a single cask offering from Wemyss Malts. I don’t know about you but Dark Treacle Fondant just sounds inviting.
The Craigellachie distillery is in Speyside. The name Cragellachie means “Rocky Hill” Which is apt for the cliff overlooking the river Spey as well as the Rocky Mountains that rise above the BC version of Craigellachie on the Trans Canada famous for the last spike driven to complete the trans Canada railway. It was built in 1891 and is owned by Bacardi (Dewar’s). Most of it’s production goes into the Dewar’s blends. Rarely seen as a proprietary bottling it is left to the various indie bottlers to get these unique single cask expressions out there.
Wemyss Dark Treacle Fondant Craigellachie 2002 – 12 Years Old bottles at 46% and the only info they gave me on the cask was that it was a Butt so potentially a sherry cask. No. 900095
Dark Treacle Fondant Craigellachie by Wemyss Malts
Colour: Burnished Amber
Nose: Butterscotch, black strap molasses, worn leather and big thick old books, what an interesting combination.
Palate: I do get the dark syrup, very palate coating for 46%, some bitter dark chocolate, stewed plums and a touch of good espresso.
Finish: Some additional dark fruit skips in, blackcurrant reduction. Warming and long with just the tiniest spark of tingle to keep it rolling. Some lingering winey notes and soft tannins.
So very different to the A.D. Rattray Craigellachie I reviewed this Summer on blog #76 The taste profile does lend me to believe that this cask from Wemyss was a sherry butt.
Wemyss mostly bottle their single casks at 46% and sometimes they find casks that they just have to bottle at cask strength. I would like to see more of those. Nice easing into week two with this little Craigellachie.
**My friend and fellow blogger Joshua Hatton is blogging side by side with me this year as our special guest. Be sure to check out his take on the Dark Treacle Fondant HERE.
Tomorrow we will be tasting the highest alcohol percentage of any whisky in this years calendar. Strap into your chairs and hold tightly to your Samaroli glass, tomorrow we take a plunge after the steady clickety clack of the Roller Coaster climbing us to the precipice. Warning… Fun times ahead – eternal pessimists and those unwilling to fly their hands in the air and scream like little girls do not make the height restriction and will have to sit out.
Last year in the first edition we tasted the A.D. Rattray Cask Islay in blog #40
Those of you looking for a little Dark Treacle Fondant you can find full bottles at these great retailers:
😉 see you all tomorrow …