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Single Malts of Scotland (distilled at Craigellachie) 1996, 52.7%

Price: $100 Issue: Spring 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Craigellachie is one of Scotland's most interesting distilleries: its worm tubs providing a deliberately sulfury new make whose aromas flash off after maturation to reveal a deeply floral, pineapple-accented palate. Here, sadly, an inactive cask has meant that cabbagey sulfur has not been fully worked out. The fleshiness of the mature spirit is emerging, but this should have been kept in cask for another five years or so. Lacks balance and maturity. £60