Wemyss “Spiced Apple Strudel” – Craigellachie 2002
Non chill filtered
No added colouring
£54.94 available from Master of Malt
On first pour things are quite metallic. Copper and crushed up tin foil comes to mind, with a background of orchard fruits. A few minutes later and there is more concentrated fruit now. Apple, most definitely, lots of it, and spicy. Hot cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all coating some freshly cut green apples, and a handful of soaked sultanas. Warming on the nose, suggesting baked fruit, but it’s all too green, crisp and juicy. There are Danish pastry elements as well, as with all Wemyss single casks, this has an immensely appropriate name.
A lovely crisp apple arrival, sweet but mostly tangy, with some gentle spices turning into hotter spices during the development. That spicy cinnamon bites alongside ginger and a touch of honey glaze over the lot. Held on the tongue through this and things get softer, with more rounded honey and fruit interaction, a thick mouthfeel helps the chewiness, and brings back another round of spiciness. Some metallic coppery notes come through which I find characterful of Craigellichie.
The copper coin subsides to spicy fruit, and even a touch of juicy homemade fruit cake, some cherrystone and green apple skin.
A few drops added. Wow, the apples have become stewed, much more of a chutney note around it all now, and fudge, lots of thick clotted cream fudge, crisp apples are still there in the background and are more reminiscent of apple flavoured starburst chews. The palate has more apple juice now, more tart, with some added honey richness, and some, yep, creamy fudge. There’s a little chocolate as well. The finish has less of a metallic nature than before, with the fruity fudge sticking around and a slight hint of tangy apples remaining to the end. Water makes this dram completely different, whilst very similar to the undiluted version. I prefer with water.
Another great Wemyss single cask release. I have a bit of a love/hate thing with Craigellachie to be honest, but this one does his the mark, it’s an easy drinking, fresh, crisp dram, which suits spring nights very well. As usual with Wemyss, beautifully, and perfectly named.
Many thanks to Wemyss for the review sample