Overall rating
88.48/100
votes
93
Whiskybase ID
WB43350
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1994
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
ex-Bourbon + ex-Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
432
Strength
54.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
26 jul 2013 3:41 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 151.28

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Whisky reviews for Craigellachie 1994 CA

21 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.48 points.

  1. mr.p9 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. STL scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      It has the nose of an old whisky: dusty or even stale at the beginning. Dry wood and a clear sherry influence (blood orange and currants). After aeration, leather appears
    • Taste
      90 90
      The mouth is a little "filthy" (it feels like a bit in Cambeltown where the mastery of blends of bourbons and butt sherry is unparalleled), but well balanced. The attack is supple and mixes candied fruit and oak dust. There is really a lot of finesse (subtle nuts). The mouth is a little "waxy"
    • Finish
      88 88
      The final is a bit short. It is expressed on dried fruits (nuts and hazelnuts) and spices (a little too present)

  3. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Sylvia scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Dominique69 scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Mark-E scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted blind. Enthusiasm 4/5 Whisky n ° 1737
    • Nose
      A well-balanced nose with fruity, malt, cashew nut, everything looks juicy and creamy.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, melted, very mellow. Sherry soft, he is wise enough.
    • Finish
      Final quite opulent.

  10. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    (Blinded) Pleasantly surprised, it's very good, with this little side Cooley / Irish very good. A real pleasure to taste it.
    • Nose
      What a nice nose on fruity and sweet ... a beautiful greed is announced with butter, pastry and fruit yoghurt.
    • Taste
      Spades lightly, we are on the fruits and the acidulous sweets
    • Finish
      Nice length on the fruit, pastry and buttered. Gourmet finale!

  11. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very old school dram. Could really pass for an older release (age or date-wise). I'm very fond of this kind of profile. Complex, not easy but rewarding.

    Tasting notes from december 2016.
    • Nose
      Varnish, dried fruits, malt, spices. Kind of dusty and smoky. It might need aeration. Now it's more fruity and grassy. Apple and orange. Still these varnish/polish notes.
    • Taste
      Dried fruits, oak, leather, orange notes again, spices. Slightly salty.
    • Finish
      Long, drying, smoky.

  12. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Craigellachie makes a good distillate. It's not a well-known distillery, but its juice is usually quite viscous, complex, and has a distinctive soft, warm funkiness (not springbank funk, but it's certainly there). Refill sherry? At first, I scored this only an 88, but over time, I came to appreciate this more. 

  13. ScottFrench scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A complex whisky that, once tamed, is really pleasant to drink. Too bad it is almost impossible to find today, just a few weeks after its release ...
    • Nose
      We have a strange feeling to opening: between the youth of a green wood and the age of an attic closed for years, all very alcoholic. With aeration, everything is arranged. A first wave on yellow fruits, apple, melon, with vanilla tips. Then comes the sherry with very distinct orange, which takes the upper hand over the rest. Some notes of spices, wood. The whole is very complex, but really nice.
    • Taste
      Always a lot of complexity. Wood, tobacco, dried fruit, rather oriented sherry. Very old school. We feel the leather club chair, the cigar and the jazz. It's really very interesting. With water, rounder, loses complexity, more drinkable.
    • Finish
      A bit of bitterness, long on tobacco, orange, dried fruits.

  14. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Caramel nose, cereals, precious woods, hints of varnish, dried fruit, a little green fruit and anise. Powerful and sweet attack, big scale, powerful medium with a lot of spices. Finale very powerful, little astringency tannins and a little pepper.

  15. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by Cadenhead.
    • Nose
      Fresh and grassy notes mix with redcurrants and raspberries.
    • Taste
      A rich and spicy whisky with toffee running through the middle.
    • Finish
      A big whisky, quite rich sherry notes with caramel and traces of black pepper.

  16. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    By Serge;

    Craigellachie-Glenlivet 18 yo 1994/2013 (54.4%, Cadenhead, small batch, 432 bottles)  Colour: amber. Nose: the new series by Cadenhead is doing wonders again, this time with ‘incorporated OBE’ that blends a little metal polish, fino sherry, walnuts and dry tobacco. It’s very complex whisky, I’d have sworn to Vishnu this came from a 30 yo bottle, serious. Right an old black dumpy ;-). Also beautiful whiffs of shoe polish, engine oil and pu-erh tea. It’s all very tertiary, at just 18 years of age. It was a great cask, hope they’ve refilled it! With water: maybe not. There’s a faint vinegar coming out, whiffs of old wine barrel… But all that tends to go away, as usual. A little smoke now. Mouth (neat): wooah! Same impressions, same complexity, same bigness and same feeling of ‘great old bottle’. Various waxes and polishes, tobacco, leather, quinces, bergamots, Seville oranges, even touches of sugar cane, certainly a wee saltiness, more tobacco… This is impressive indeed. With water: even more of all that! Granted, water lets drying notes of cocoa powder come out, which is not obligatorily a good thing, and maybe quite some overinfused black tea too, but all that remains more than bearable. Finish: long, dry, waxy, phenolic. Comments: this is becoming a little embarrassing, all the new ‘black’ Cadenhead I could try so far (not all published yet) have been quite fantastic in my book. Let me swear to both Manco Capac and Alfred Barnard that I haven’t received one single penny from Cadenhead’s or any of their representatives (or any other bottlers or distillers by the way). Crikey, I shan’t give baddish scores just to look more ‘unbiased’, shall I? Now, regarding this little Craig', careful with water! SGP:462 - 90 points.

  17. mikespike scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    I'll say it very simple - not my style of malt whisky. I can not follow the 90P SVP that this one got, but OK - I'll leave this bottling to others

  18. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It's a dry sherry for me, not very greedy, but rather complex. Difficult to note. 85/86 for gluttony, 88 for complexity.
    • Nose
      Fine, nice. The first nose brings notes of fresh apple, caramel, a little varnish, wood and vanilla. The sherry comes next, with plums, plum. A little acidity
    • Taste
      We are between a classic product of a speyside "green" bourbon cask and a good dry sherry. We find plums, apple tatin, a little praline, wood and liquorice. It's pretty dry though. The water makes the texture more creamy, and raises the dried fruits.
    • Finish
      Drier, vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, a lot of wood. Pretty peppery end.

  19. MaltMartin scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very heavy Craigellachie. Unexpectedly complex. Good cask selection by Cadenhead (Mark Watt?).
    • Nose
      Rich oakiness. Hints of sherry. Stewed fruits. Dark chocolate and espresso coffee. Balsamico. Also tobacco. Very complex.
    • Taste
      Alcoholic at first. Waxy. Very robust. Leather. Bergamots. Orange marmelade. Spices of pepper and nutmeg. A little smokiness as well.
    • Finish
      Long and warm. Bitterness. Becomes salty at the end.

  20. Toffie76 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Time and a few drops of water, and it reveals itself then. This whisky improves dramtically with aeration. Time, time ... Old school! A little side Clynelish I find with a zest of smoke bonus.

  21. Bishlouk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This whisky tells a story, an ancestral legend. He's only 18, really? However, it sinks well 25 years by its profile of "old great".
    • Nose
      I have the impression of entering an old attic closed for years. Dust, old leather, old dry wood; but also compote of yellow fruits (apricots), hints of hazelnuts.
    • Taste
      The leather cover of an old book. Then a sweet mix of sweet fruits. Honey, wax, old varnished wood.
    • Finish
      Average on the sweetness that goes out slowly, from the fruit paste to the nuts.

  22. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very powerful whisky, promising if the alcohol is a little less present over time. (Rated 90 by Serge). ( http://whiskywinenbeer.canalblog.com/ )
    • Nose
      at the opening of the bottle, very powerful, a lot of alcohol, moderately marked by sherry. You have to give him a lot of time to express himself, but you can feel the heavy behind, a lot of orange, tobacco, a little spice, a lot of class, an "old school" side behind alcohol like in some old Cadenhead.
    • Taste
      powerful, a little alcohol still, behind it is very fruity, a lot of citrus, especially orange, a little tangerine, tobacco, a slightly smoky side, then chocolate, spices, very dry, texture enough tinny. A whisky that you really have to go for now. It may be better in a few months. With water, more expressive, more roundness and more smoked especially. Reading the note of Serge I find a little side wax and especially tea but not at all vinegar or cane sugar.
    • Finish
      long, dry, on orange and tobacco.

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