Whisky Under £50 Review 16: Secret Spirits Craigellachie 12 Year Old

Welcome to the 16th instalment of our regular Whisky Under Fifty reviews, where we review a different whisky (or whiskey) that you can buy for less than £50! If you’d like to know more about why we're doing this series, read our introduction post here.

In this month's Incredible Indies whisky tasting set we're featuring five delectable drams from family-run indie bottler Secret Spirits. Secret Spirits was founded by Jonathan and Cindy Bray. They're passionate about scotch whisky, and love celebrating independent brands in particular. And as you may know, we love indie brands here at The Dram Team. 

So in this edition of Whisky Under Fifty, we thought it only right to put one of Jonathan and Cindy's whiskies in the spotlight: their Secret Spirits Craigellachie 12 Year Old.

Jonathan and Cindy Bray, Founders of Secret Spirits

Secret Spirits Craigellachie 12 Year Old

Secret Spirits bottle all of their releases as single casks. And, they keep the whisky all natural - bottling at cask strength, without chill filtration or colouring. Their 12 year old Craigellachie is no exception. Bottled from a single bourbon hogshead at an epic 61.6% ABV.

Now, I'd recommend trying a little of this whisky neat. But then you're likely to want to add a few drops of water. This is a particularly high bottling strength, and the water will reduce any alcohol prickle while allowing those delicious fruity Craigellachie notes to breathe.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Pear syrup, fruit bonbons, warm cut grass, marmalade.

Palate: Golden syrup, pepper, rye bread, macadamia nuts, cream soda.

Finish: Long with a lasting orange beeswax note.

Try this whisky if you like...

Fresh, fruity high-proof whiskies. You can pick a bottle of Secret Spirits Craigellachie 12 Year Old here for a very reasonable £49.95. And while I've picked this particular release for our Whisky Under £50 reviews, Secret Spirits have some other great cask picks which are well worth checking out.

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Want to read more reviews in the Whisky Under £50 series? Check out the previous review, Lochlea's Our Barley