Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Valinch & Mallet (V&M)
Bottling serie
The Young Masters Edition
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
51.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Oct 2019 1:41 pm by Coldorak
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 87.55

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 12-year-old V&M

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.44 points

  1. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Delicious and harmonious malt. Nothing intrudes or dominates. The 52% push the flavors quite well, but all without being alcoholic. Only the finish is a bit short and doesn't quite reflect the good impression.
    But I like it very much.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Pleasant, inconspicuous beginning. Slight sherry influence that gets a little stronger over time, but without being too dominant. Nice fruit of oranges, ripe bananas some plum jam. Something reminds me of raisins pickled in rum. There are also light floral notes of grain and a lot of malt. In the background I still have wood, some toffee and a subtle honey sweetness.
      Very versatile.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Rather a bit strong and voluminous on the palate. Spicy and slightly peppery. It does have a certain spiciness, but it doesn't seem alcoholic at all. Fruitiness and sweetness come through well. Preserved fruits of oranges, apricots, plums and some cherries. Every now and then, vanilla and oak spice show up with a little chocolate.
      Great varied thing.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Relatively short finish, fruit fades and leaves a sweet, spicy note.

  2. stefan_PB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    These types of whiskys are the reason I like to drink whisky. A nicely balanced drop, which of course only depends on the barrel and not on the skill of a blender, since it is a single barrel bottling. With this, however, Valinch & Mallet proves that they had a very good feel for the barrel selection.
    • Nose
      The sherry influence comes through here immediately and is subtly present on the nose all the time. A real fruit basket comes to the olfactory cells here. Banana, apple, cherry and also orange peel play a role here. A floral aroma as well as wood and light toffee notes are also present. A little honey comes out after a longer smell. A very rich and clean whisky in which the sherry is clearly present, but leaves enough space for the other participants in this bouquet. So no sherry bomb that drowns out all other smells, but very pleasant and wonderfully balanced. Just great!
    • Taste
      The first impression is reminiscent of fruit cake. Fine sweetness as well as citrus notes and dried fruits hit the palate. The sherry and a hint of cognac can also be clearly tasted here. But woody and spicy tones of raisins, cocoa and a little pepper also play around the taste buds. Here, too, some honey can be tasted. There are also wonderful, albeit subtle, notes of vanilla and caramel. The result is a very balanced taste, in which the sherry again dominates, but does not drown out the other taste components. One must also note that the almost 52% vol. Alcohol go very well. The whisky is nice and strong, but the taste of alcohol is barely noticeable, so that it would be assessed a little less strongly. Here, too, very nice balance across the board.
    • Finish
      Very long with a lot of fruit and sweetness. At the end some citrus fruit and a fine bitterness.

  3. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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