Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Brühler Whiskyhaus (BW)
Bottling serie
A Dream of Scotland - Fairytale Series
Stated Age
10 years old
1st Fill Amarone Barrique
Number of bottles
57.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Brühler Whiskyhaus
Added on
05 apr 2022 10:03 pm by SherryPeathead
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 109.40

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Whisky reviews for Craigellachie 10-year-old BW

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.27 points.

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. glen efze did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Craigellachie is a Speyside Distillery owned by John Dewar & Sons, specializing in Worm Tubs. They ensure 'meatier' whiskys with less copper contact than shell and tube condensers. This 10 year old Craigellachie was finished in 1st fill Amarone barriques.

    • Nose
      The basic character of Craigellachie is actually not meaty, as is often described, but somewhat vegetable. This spicy component also shows this A Dream of Scotland. There are also preserved cherries and strawberry jam. The spicy basic component is then joined by a sulphurous aroma, which is not caused by the worm tubs, but by the Amarone barrique.
    • Taste
      The whisky is strong and needs water. The aromas are not primarily fruity, but rather spicy with notes of spicy broth. Other Craigellachies also show this power. But there is another component that comes from the Amarone casks. These barrels are being used more and more often - but they often have a glaring sulfur problem. This barrel also contributes a decent amount of sulfur, which is not directly disgusting here, but not primarily enriching either.

      Nevertheless, there are also the cherry notes that bring a sweetness that also has an acidic component. With the herbs, this results in a nice basic aroma, which is slightly influenced by the sulphur.
    • Finish
      The finish has flavor that doesn't just come from the wood. The sulphurous character is difficult and somewhat acrid, but can be glossed over as an aspect of the whisky here.

      Unfortunately, the use of Amarone barrels often causes problems. In the wine industry, the handling of sulfur is widespread and causes few problems in terms of taste. It is a problem with many whiskys, probably resulting from sulphurizing the casks for preservation. This means that the sulfur is too dominant and can only be defined as an enrichment for the whisky with a lot of good will. For me it is an off-flavor that can still be halfway concealed with this whisky. But it remains problematic.

  3. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Berries, plums, nuts, caramel toffee, honey, oak
    • Taste
      86 86
      Layering oak, berries, plums, nuts

      Alcohol clearly noticeable. Rough and edgy, but still comfortable.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The sharpness and the barrel remain for quite a long time. Also, the nuttiness comes out again.

  4. dominikbraun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      The typical Craigellachie character, which is so distinctive that it is not completely covered by the equally strong barrel influence, together with the Amarone barrel conveys a very charged and intense overall picture. Since it's also a first-fill Amarone keg, I didn't expect anything else.

      The aroma is voluminous, intense and filled to the ceiling with dark red fruits, jam, prunes, honey, nut nougat cream, warm citrus fruits, candy apples and umami notes. Over time, hints of caramelized fruit syrup and roasted almonds are added. A few drops of water also reveal oak wood and some soot.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Surprisingly intense spices, clear notes of wood, dry fruits, red jam, red apples, honey, fleshy notes, ginger and lovage. The individual flavors are quite tasty, although the whisky does appear a bit edgy in places - admittedly to the extent you would expect from a modern 10-year-old.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is long and warming with charcoal, citrus, grated chocolate and some spices.


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