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08 Dec 2008

Craigduff 1973 32yo (Signatory Vintage)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Craigduff|Glen Keith

Craigduff was a peated experiment at the Glen Keith distillery (and not at Strathisla next to it, as stated on the label). They used peated malt but mostly peated water during distillation. Only a handful of single malt bottlings are available of Craigduff.

 

Craigduff 1973 32y SV

Craigduff 32y 1973 (49,4%, SV 2005, cask #2513, sherry butt, 566 fl.)

Beautiful nose, with notes of marzipan, ginger, apple compote and vanilla. After a while wax, a bit of peat and phenol shine through. Mouth: strong, grassy taste, more wax, peat and apples. Something burnt as well, but very subtle and not unpleasant. Medium long finish starting on oranges and developing on bitter, dry notes.

I have a sweet spot for peated non-Islay whisky and this one is surely interesting, but also rather sharp and too grassy to be a real cracker: 86/100. Price: +/- € 200.

Craigduff 1973 32yo (Signatory Vintage) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2008-12-08

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