Craigellachie 13-year-old

Overall rating
84.41/100
votes
97
Whiskybase ID
WB217429
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
French Bas-Armagnac
Bottled
12.03.2022
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Bas-Armagnac Barrel Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L22071ZA8011127
Barcode
7640171039206
Market
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
14 sep 2022 12:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 53.52

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Whisky reviews for Craigellachie 13-year-old

20 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.41 points.

  1. JoshNRW scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The Armagnac finish fits here very well, because unlike a cognac, an Armagnac is normally only distilled once and is therefore a bit more distinctive. Because it's just a finish, he was able to deliver enough intensity to the relatively young whisky that was diluted down at the end.
    • Nose
      86 86
      86.5 blenders
      Soft, friendly and sweet notes of fermented grapes complement Glenallachie's fruity profile very well. Overripe tropical and sweet citrus fruits with honey and yet some wood.
    • Taste
      85 85
      85.5
      The bitterness is present all the time and doesn't quite match the nose. But it's not unpleasant either, I just didn't expect it to be quite so clear.
      I have had thinner whiskys for the key data and for the price and here you can see the Glenallachie character again (if you know that it is one).

      Lots of sweetness again and enough intensity for the key data.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Not too short for the age and the 46 percent

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  3. TKoolhaas scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Certainly no better than the standard 13, in my opinion no addition to the standard. Glad I didn't buy a bottle but a sample.

  4. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    citrus, white pepper, apple, pear, vanilla, quite fresh, not too bad

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Fresh citrus and lemon, a bit more and it would remind me of some cleaning liquid but it's still OK
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fresh, citrusy, lemony, minerals, hay, stones, hint of honey, apple, peach, hint of almonds
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fruity, citrusy, hint of vanilla, spices, honey, herbs, leafy hint, lime peel, apple, peach, almonds, marzipan, hay, little floral
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, fresh, lemony, hint of solvent, herbs, little leafy and grassy

  7. Holzwurm scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. bl0wb4ck scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Great nose, in the taste an unpleasant, bitter note. Would prefer the standard 13yo.

  9. Mortlach19 scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    As an Armagnac drinker and Craigellachie friend, I was somewhat excited about this bottling. I like the standard 13. In the nose there is not a big difference for me at first. Also on the palate the very typical distillery character plus bourbon cask aging. Light fruits, apricots, light grapes, some wood, hints of spices, almonds and a delicate note of marzipan. A little later, this intensifies towards bitter almonds and is increasingly joined by oak bitterness, which now remains quite dominant in the aftertaste. I like that a lot, mouth-filling and tasty without being too much of a favour. Why are so many drinkers irritated by bitter notes? This brings in a very interesting additional dimension. The expected brandy grapeness or dark fruitiness is missing. Unexpected but good!

  10. Thermidor scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I tasted this whisky as a part of an almost full Craigellachie lineup, featuring the 13, 17, 19 and 23 year olds, and 3 exceptional casks. In that lineup this Bas-Armagnac finish seemed to me like an unnecessary addition. It isn't bad by any means, but it felt less characterful than the regular 13yo and there was nothing in it that caught my fancy.

    One interesting bit of information about it is that while the normal Craigellachie releases use a mixture of first fill and refill bourbon and sherry casks, the spirit for this armagnac finish comes entirely from refill bourbon casks.

  11. Sporx scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Artificial sweetness, citrus, overripe tropical fruit

    taste
    Intense taste, fruity, pear, citrus fruit, sweetish

    finish
    Medium length, sweetish fruity, ginger spiciness

  12. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Solid whisky. The Armagnac finish has a more subtle influence. There are certain differences to the 13-year standard.
    • Nose
      Butterscotch, caramel and vanilla. Grain. Light malt sweetness. Pineapple, green apples and lemon. Spice. Minimal smoke note.
    • Taste
      Creamy start. Baked apple. Lemon with Pineapple. vanilla and caramel. oak seasoning. Honey. A slightly bitter note. Slightly tingles on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Oak, Caramels. dark chocolate. mid-length.

  13. noeinwhisky scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Prime numbers are unfathomable and defy understanding, just like this delicious 13 year old. Anyone looking for the signature sulphur tang here will be disappointed, or possibly relieved! The sheer potency of the armagnac must have neutralised the influence of the worm tub, but rest assured that's not scientifically sound. This brew is a real fruit monster with salient vanilla and pineapple notes, a hint of charred on the nose and minimal astringency on the finish. Good thing I ordered 2 bottles because the first is almost gone.

    89 pts. (n-22,m-23,t-22,b-22) [87 – 89 (B+) = great]

  14. craide scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Actually quite tasty, fruity sweet malt. But I don't find it particularly special now. Sample is enough for me.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Soft, woody aromas are on the nose from the start. In addition, it becomes sweet and fruity. Grapes, pineapple, tangerines, bananas. Fruit flavors are generally more exotic. In addition citrus fruits, honey, it somehow has a great fruity nose. Very aromatic fresh. Light roasted aromas,
    • Taste
      83 83
      Relatively powerful attack, tingling, spicy, with caramel, vanilla. Some rice pudding with cinnamon, plus a slightly peppery spiciness.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-length finish, coffee with milk, only very slightly bitter, vanilla and more fruity sweetness again,

  15. FeydRautha scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  16. robse211 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Summer meadow, grain field, some hay. Behind green apples and sawdust. Dry white wine.
    • Taste
      Creamy, spicy. Butter biscuits, some honey, white pepper. Light grapes, hints of yellow plum. Some wood.

  18. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    In general, I don't think Armagnac is as good as Cognac, for example, and it doesn't really add much to the whisky here. average, maximum.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  19. kdurro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Interesting new release, Armagnac finishes are rather rare so far. The whisky presents the sour-fruity Craigellachie character more precisely and delicately than the 13-year-old standard. The woody European oak brings additional complexity and nice edges, but I don't find it dominant. Some UA lack body, but: successful bottling. 50 euros issue price in Germany.

  20. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet; Honey; citrus; fresh ripe fruit; slightly tropical fruit notes towards pineapple; some cinnamon; a touch of fresh wood
      - nice gentle sweet-fruity nose
    • Taste
      83 83
      full-bodied mouthfeel; quite strong; Sweet; Caramel; Honey; citrus fruits; a slightly peppery spiciness; delicately tart notes of wood emerge
    • Finish
      83 83
      tingling peppery-spicy heat; Caramel; citrus; fresh tart notes of wood

  21. maltaholic scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nice aroma!
    Soft and lovely.
    woody notes
    Nothing else for now.

    Some bitterness in the background.
    lemony.
    When I think of brandy, I almost think I can smell it.

    Strong in the mouth!
    The slight bitterness remains.
    Probably shouldn't stay in the barrels any longer.
    It's all focused on the barrel.

    I keep at it
    these are nice wood aromas.
    Not tasty, but noble.
    But for a whole bottle it's a bit woody and bitter...
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

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