Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Sweet and sour creative tension
Stated Age
23 years old
Ex-Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
51.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L13 018 8ML
Added on
17 Mar 2013 2:21 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 119,00

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26 × member ratings

23 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 1989 SMWS 44.56

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.33 points

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasted side by side with 44.53, this one is a little less archetypal in their peculiar profile but the overall level is very similar. Read : excellent.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Similar to 44.53 but toned down, much less Crayola crayons (still some of them, though), replaced by some white wine acidity. The soft waxiness is there as well, and the floral scent as well. Think an old grandma's wardrobe.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Similar again but delivers more than on the nose. It's a bit more fruity, with carambola and some dry white wine again. Very paraffiny. Mineral, on pebbles. Some dried flowers as well.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Slightly sweeter and "easier" than 44.53.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    N: Lighter, more faded than the 44.53 but with dreamy melted ice-cream opulently topped with cream,… and, fish pie?
    T: Oily chestnut, macadamias. Firmly hums,.... milky-creamy again.
    F: Drying, straw-ish~heather-ish vanilla, pea pods,.. The finish goes on and on,... and with more fish - kipper! And to think, i've not eaten fish for a few months.
    C: The slightly better whisky of the two but i’m certain a fair number of my Desert Island whiskies will have a similar arrival to 44.53 - that’s oily-jammy. What a fab pair.Scores a B[+]

  3. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice dram overall. 
    • Nose
      Sweet and sour, just like the bottle says! Honey, red and green fruit, dry oak, sour bread, and citrus notes. 
    • Taste
      Very soft mouthfeel. Red fruit and honey, soft spice, mild oak, and a subdued and pleasant sour note. 
    • Finish
      Buttery soft, with lingering spice, bready notes, and fruit. 

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, apricot, vanilla, tangerine, smoke, wood, lime, caramel, banana and a little beeswax. Water makes it more waxy.
    • Taste
      Quite a lot of smoke, must have been a heavily charred bourbon barrel. Beeswax, vanilla, orange, apricot, caramel and pepper.
    • Finish
      Beeswax, smoke, caramel, oak, lime, vanilla, orange and a little spice. The waxiness turns slightly towards frying oil at the end.

  5. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Atlantis treasure trove

    Flavour: Juicy, oak & vanilla
    The nose had heaps of honey, mounds of marshmallows and vast vanilla it also evoked summer barbeques (charred ribs, salad, lemon, balsamic, wood-sap, lawns) and a bookbinders workshop (leather, paper, glue). The palate had sweet and sour creative tension – sweet vanilla, chocolate muffins, crème brûlée, dark toffee and fudge against stewed fruits, Haribo sours, orange and blueberry. We also found woody notes – oily pine and wood fire embers. The reduced nose offered millionaire’s shortbread, sweet pipe tobacco, shrubberies and a good blast of honeycomb; while balsa wood and clove joined the palate. This 1891 distillery was co-founded by ‘Restless Peter’.

    Drinking Tip: A summer barbecue dram (or just with a good

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89


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