A 13-year-old single cask from the Craigellachie distillery, bottled by Infrequent Flyers as release #63.
This was distilled in 2007 and bottled 2021 as a 13-year-old.
Finished in Pedro Ximenez puncheon #1826, which yielded 654 bottles at 58.3%
Nose: Toasted oak, treacle toffee and caramelised Demerara sugar.
Palate: Rich and densely flavoured. Liqueur-esque. Brandy snaps, dark chocolate and Morello cherries. Intense raisin and sultana. Quite a peppery note at the back.
Infrequent Flyers is part of the Alistair Walker Whisky Company, which was established in 2018. Walker, son of Billy Walker (GlenDronach/BenRiach-now-GlenAllachie), has over two decades of working around Scotch whisky in various capacities.
The name Infrequent Flyers refers to the cask selection process and Alistair’s penchant for discovering and introducing excellent single casks from distilleries not often experienced as single malts. These includes malts earmarked for blended and sometimes owned by bigger companies who have not released them regularly or consistently to the market.
Craigellachie famously uses worm tubs to condense its spirits during distillation, meaning the spirit passes through a copper pipe spiral in a vat filled with water. The traditional method, it creates heavy, meaty spirits that showcase great texture and complexity with age.
- Single Malt