Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
13 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Alba Import
Added on
09 Nov 2018 11:10 am by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 72.14

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 2003 MBl

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.84 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very nice, although I am a little disappointed with the relatively sweet and fruity nose in taste and in the end. The subtle sharpness and the hint of tart citrus fruit harmonize well with the roasted and smoke aromas and the nut notes. Easy drinking, no more and no less ...

    22/21/21/21 (85P)
    • Nose
      Intense amber shimmers in the Premium Snifter, on the glass wall stick extremely thick and tough "legs". Hazelnuts rise, the alcohol is very present despite "only" 46% and tickles the nose. Sweet plums and raisins are dissolved by an intense sherry note, caramelised sugar and lush malt notes play together before echoes of slightly floral and grassy elements appear. However, the nose flattens off again relatively quickly, in the decay crystallize honey, spices and minimal citrus flavors out. A few drops of lemon juice fall on grapes and berries ...
    • Taste
      Hazelnuts and spicy woody tones combine with the first sip, the mouthfeel is slightly bitter and ends with roasted aromas and lightly burnt wood. Roasted cereal grains mix with a hint of beech smoke. The second sip is initially creamy and sweet, but quickly changes back into smoky roasted aromas and bitter bitter wood tones. Slowly a pinch of white pepper appears on the palate and creeps towards the tongue, a spice mixture spreads powerfully on the tongue. Hints of bitter grapefruit and other citrus fruits spread their slightly bitter aroma in the entire mouth, old walnuts come out with hazelnuts. Minimal shows milk chocolate and a touch of espresso.
    • Finish
      Tart and dark, the roasted aromas, in combination with a hint of smoke, stick between the tongue and palate, hazelnuts and citrus fruits rest on the tongue. Here and there are sweet elements in the form of raisins, malt, sugar and honey while dried spices are subtly in the background.

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The cask strength might have been better, it seems a bit watered down in the mouth. Otherwise, a nice Sherryfassreifung that is not completely dominated by sherry.
    • Nose
      84 84
      slight sherry influence, relatively mild, citrus notes, grated lemon zest, slightly nutty, behind it also a slightly greasy sweetness, raspberry, some leather, oak, a touch lovage, on all lies a slight melt of milk chocolate, pleasant, but also unspectacular, the citrus notes sting the most out
    • Taste
      83 83
      slightly watery from the mouth, otherwise rather easy to start, then it becomes more intense, with hazelnut, more sherry than in the nose, raisins, but also citrus notes, light roasted aromas, oak, the onset is really weak, has a slightly alcoholic touch
    • Finish
      84 84
      Just like half a minute ago you chewed on "Noble Drops in Nut", nuts, a little alcohol, chocolate, red fruit, behind the grape skin, which brings with it a slight tartness

  3. tribe scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry hazelnut cocoa and tobacco. Followed by malt and herbs. Very nice..
    • Taste
      85 85
      A little weaker. Tobacco and dark chocolate and herbs. Some nougat and tanine
    • Finish
      83 83
      A bit bitter with nougat in the end

  4. wako93 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nicely made sherry malt with a little twist of cocoa.

    With the 46% rather easy drinking.

  5. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose

      Starts with a sour plastic note. Fermented light fruit. Marzipan and wet hay. I'll leave it there ...
      With a little time in the glass, this plastic note dissipates to a large extent. Now the other flavors come through better. Brown sugar, raisins and tart limes. Has something from caipirinha. In addition, dry tobacco and worn leather armchairs. The colleague only develops in the glass with a decent amount of time. Now the berry aromas are added. Blueberries and sour gooseberries. Yeast dough.
    • Taste
      Soft start. Immediately comes honey and sugared cereals. There is also a nutty, slightly bitter dryness. The second sip comes with sour cherries and a metallic undertone. Has something like smoke when flexing. But then it gets sweeter. Green grapes and a pleasant herbal note join in. Just like a sour, distinctive citrus taste.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. A bit bitter and spicy at first. Then a honey sweetness with subtle roasted aromas prevails. But it ends with a subtle, woody dryness.

  6. Svarttt scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Neat nose that promises more than it can hold. After the first sip, she loses herself, a little Oloroso seasoning. Actually not bad but too thin, more would have been possible.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Syleo scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    With this Craigellachie, not much really fits together. The potential of sherry storage turns into bitterness rather than fruitiness and even the Craigellachie notes get a rather negative twist.
    • Nose
      73 73
      Solid stained-glass windows stand out on the glass wall in golden brown. The sherry influences are concentrated in a powerful fire tongs punch and marzipan scented with rose water, in which even the moderate alcohol content is not particularly well integrated. Grapefruit, blackberries, nectarines, green apples and bananas, together with lilac, cloves, thyme and lacquered wood, create a sharp edge that may not really match the overall impression. The Craigellachie character also gets unpleasant hints of a steel sponge, olives with almonds, freshly oiled leather sofa and printer ink.
    • Taste
      75 75
      The impressions in the tasting alternate between sweet, oily, dry and sharp. Currants, blackberries and grapefruit are there, pear and also chocolate and coffee, plus the Feuerzangenbowle, woody olives, lilac and a copper sheet.
    • Finish
      68 68
      The finish also remains with a sour and bitter focus of grapefruit, currants, wood shavings, metallic olive, cocoa liquor and potato starch.

  8. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Solid sherry whisky with no major highlights
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sherry, raisin, some lovage, alcoholic spiciness, malty
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sherry, nutty, sparkling, some light chocolate
    • Finish
      83 83
      Sherry, some chocolate, nutty, later some oak, quite short

  9. Flou scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The whisky is oily in the glass and I'm curious to see what the whisky will bring on the nose and on the palate. With the The Maltman series, I already liked a lot of the sherry barrel-matured bottlings, which naturally increases the anticipation.

    In the nose I first feel a fruitiness and honey sweetness. The fruits range from limes, juice oranges, light peaches to sour cherries, plum jam, dates and rum raisins. Chocolate with an apricot filling is becoming more and more present and moves in the whole milk to dark range, a slight dryness swings discreetly in the background. The whisky is not heavy and set, it looks light and fresh. There is a hint of a menthol note. I am amazed that the whisky has only 46% alcohol, so I would have guessed from the nose on a little more volume percent. Interwoven with the honey sweetness are herbs and a light spiciness. The wood from the barrel is only slightly noticeable and goes in the direction of newer furniture and not in the direction of ancient wooden furniture from great-grandfather's times. I just had a hint of hay and grass on my nose with floral notes. All in all an exciting nose, but it lacks a bit of heaviness and serenity and the citrus note is too dominant for me. Sometimes I'm a little sensitive.

    In the mouth with a slightly sharp start for only 46%. Black pepper and ginger combine with the strong tannins on tap. The chocolate is now definitely dark and no longer in whole milk range. Citrus fruits, grapefruit and lime peel combine with rum raisins and dates. The main character for me remains rather with the light fruits. The sweetness of the honey is present, but falls behind due to the dominant tannins. There is a lack of volume, the whisky looks a bit flat. I liked it better in my nose! And the alcohol is badly integrated ... I have to mention that clearly here. It looks more alcoholic than many whiskys with 4-5% more alcohol.

    The finish is dominated again by the tannins. The chocolate moves towards coffee notes and is accompanied by a subtle sweetness and fruitiness. The pepper is noticeable with an alcoholic note, everything is somehow not really round and harmonious. No departure that I will rave about tomorrow.

    Overall, I'm a little disappointed ... considering what a hit the The Maltman series was. But not every whisky can be a candidate for the 1st league. The whisky is not bad, I want to make that clear. But it's not whisky that I need more than this sample of. It was nice to have had this drop in a glass and there is no need for more. For me there are simply too many whiskys that are much better.

    I give it 83/100 points.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. Spencer5 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    I will start with the fact that I have not yet drunk whisky at level 46 ABV in which I would feel alcohol so strongly. Feel it especially in the nose and at the finish. Time definitely helps. I drank twice in the evening and the next morning. The second time I forced myself to finish my dram. No.
    • Nose
      78 78
      alcohol, apple pie, cereals, light influence of sherry, dried plum, raisins, usually discovering aromas in the nose is a great joy, here it was not very pleasant
    • Taste
      84 84
      waffles, oak, oatmeal, spicy, roasted chestnuts
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium, a bit of chocolate, nuts, tobacco, bitter, all aromas are very subtle, too weak, disappear very quickly and the alcohol is all that left in the mouth


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