Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Valinch & Mallet (V&M)
Bottling serie
The Young Masters Edition
Stated Age
10 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
48.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
21 Sep 2017 5:33 pm by WhiskyFan2112
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 64.90

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 2007 V&M

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.73 points

  1. praisethepasta scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An enigmatic whisky - a bit difficult even to fully 'dissect' , but patience is a virtue. It's interesting and complex and given enough time and a drop of water, it turns into a quite nice looking swan. Not that it was an ugly duckling to start with, but the transformation is similarly spectacular.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The first impression is of sourness and a bit astringency: vinaigre, lemons and lime, some brackish water and wet grass. I also picked up some light medicinal notes, bandaids mostly. 10 minutes in and the sourness slowly makes room for some more floral notes. A drop of water and the sourness develops into more underripe green fruit notes of pear and apple. Quite the busy bee, in fact
    • Taste
      85 85
      A sharp alcoholic nip at first and umami notes - this really needs a drop of water to fully reveal itself. Now we're talking: softer arrival, with melon, apple, something nutty, sappy even. Another 20 minutes in and some sweet fruity notes finally arrive to turn this whisky completely around in a rather spectacular way.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long, dry and woody. The water didn't have such a dramtic impact here as it did on the nose and palate.

  2. Simo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. stnlskz scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Another independent bottler, but still a Craigellachie! On the way to Italy and Valinch & Mallet.
    Valinch & Mallet was created by two spirits enthusiasts. They select single casks with their creativity and subjectivity. It is their way of selecting the perfect cask.
    The single casks they choose are not chillfiltered and not artificially colored. This Craigellachie spent ten years in a Bourbon Hogshead, and was bottled at 48.8%. It is a limited edition of 333 bottles.
    It is of a very clear gold color, with an acidity (lemon, orange) that launches the tasting. Although it has an aromatic cereal structure, the nose offers me notes at the antipodes of each other: banana, milk, rooibos, cinnamon, metal and chocolate powder. It's a lot of fun.
    This acidity is found again during the attack in the mouth, with apple. Caramel is then poured over the apple. It is juicy, cereal, herbaceous. Then appear orange, chocolate and aniseed notes.
    The finish is really sweet. At first caramelized, it is then woody, cereal, and vanilla. It is a call to calm, after a tasting marked by a very disparate aromatic palette.
    This Craigellachie is an impressionist painter's palette. One could reproach it for a lack of structure, but that would be to deny it the charm that makes it a luminous whisky.

  4. lucero scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. Syleo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A nice young ex-bourbon cask in my mind. The 48.8% alcohol fit here - honestly a bit surprising - outstanding to the overall impression, which emphasizes the typical metallic-oily impressions of the Craigellachie Brennereicharakters well and thus the objectives of the V & M bosses is quite fair.

    However, it is not easily accessible with the vinegar-iron tones and after the great nose, the experience to the end sound, unfortunately, from a total of clear, but it is still worth finding yourself in this malt.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The pale-pale straw gold, which nevertheless sparks strong spider legs on the edge of the glass, does not really surprise in a just two-digit aged Ex-Bourbon Cask. Oh yes, the cold custard with raspberry sauce and powdered sugar, which rises first in the nose is already an announcement. It could also be fresh gooseberry cake, similar to Rattray's Bourbon Casks, cooked pineapple, pear compote, grapefruit and cake dough, maybe even chocolate ice cream.

      Add malty cereal, oatmeal, and then pork with ginger, as well as Chinese, metallic white wine vinegar, asparagus, pine needle extract, iron and salt like in the blood of a fresh cut in the finger - almost I would say seagrass - and a diesel note against which even the plastic gloves at the gas station would hardly have a chance. Others may say that is immaturity or a false note - I say delicious.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet, oily and creamy, apple compote, pear puree, caramel and candy are also fully present in the taste, but this sweetness changes - for my taste a little too quickly and clearly - into grass, barley and maltiness and again the wine vinegar, accompanied by typical bitterness of the oak with a bit of tobacco and a cigar box, which emerges vigorously towards the finish again.
    • Finish
      76 76
      In the finish, the alcohol rises unexpectedly strong in the nose and the malt is oily, the throat with a vinous note. Sweet and warm, memories of the cake dough and canned fruit as well as in the distance to the vinegar and spruce wood remain awake for a little while, overall medium long.


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