Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Lip-smacking, chewy and chunky
Stated Age
22 years old
Refill Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
51.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
02 Aug 2012 3:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 85,00

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 1989 SMWS 44.53

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.50 points

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I might be slightly generous with my rating here but the wow-effect speaks for itself ; I find this amazing. This kind of profile is very divisive, granted. Still, I think it's incredibly underrated. If you're into unconventionnal, tertiary, waxy/industrial profiles, you have to give Craigellachie the attention it deserves. An absolute benchmark in its style, this is iconoclasm at its best.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Amazing, this is an explosion of old style waxes of any kind you could imagine. The waxiness here is epitomical. To die for. Huge paraffin with industrial smoke, very old dried flowers, dusty floor tiles, chalk. An avalanche of Crayola crayons : the description is spot on here. Amazingly idiosyncratic, with this Gouda note that I also found in the (excellent) 23 OB.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Big delivery on the same profile, repeating myself will get pointless at that stage, this has Crayola crayons aplenty, wax, putty, industrial notes and long forgotten floral pot-pourri.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very mineral, with mascarpone, good chlorine and a lingering paraffiny smoke.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    N: The sweaty ol’ man is back [like that Bowmore 1968 blog], with fusty cumin carrots>chestnuts, cardamom and cardboard-ish notes - not in a bad way. It needs more time but too bad.
    T: Beautiful arrival that woes me every sip with its oily, thin jam-laced, conveyor belt-like arrival - savoury-oily>sweet. Rumbles on a little.
    F: Doesn’t do more but it hummed awhile. Dryish vanilla concludes.
    C: Aside from the curiously sweaty nose, the arrival knocks me out every time. A whisky I could imagine drinking a case of.Scores a B

  3. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes
    Colour: Bright molten gold
    Flavour: Spicy & sweet

    The nose had many facets – sweet (chocolate chip cookies,
    crêpes with Nutella) savoury (maple-cured bacon, honey-glazed ham, rarebit,
    herby dumplings) floral (bluebells, lilac, rosewater syrup); also tobacco, fur
    coats, lemon and a new box of coloured crayons. The palate was quite impressive
    – lip-smacking, chewy and chunky with warm spice, gorse flowers, waxy lemons
    and perfumed smoke. The reduced nose added honey cake with caraway seeds, fresh
    sea air, sandstone and Brylcreem. Still very tasty with water, it suggested
    Kummel liqueur and pumpkin seed oil – sounds odd but we found it very
    agreeable. The distillery was long associated with White Horse.

    Drinking Tip: To enjoy while getting dressed to go out for a
    special evening


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