Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
32 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
53.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
06 Nov 2008 11:33 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 926.67

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Whisky Reviews for Craigduff 1973 SV

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. pere scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dirty, lamb wool, sulphur, sweet spices, fruity sweetness, a bit maritime, a bit of smoke.
    • Taste
      Smooth, salt, Palo Cortado sherry, a bit of smoke, spicy, fruity, surprisingly drinkable compared to the nose.
    • Finish
      Salt, oak spices, sweetness, wood, a hint of peat.

  2. cfosterk scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    full notes added
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. cfosterk scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    an interesting experiment and only limited to 5 or so casks.  scotch history and indebted to david at chorltonwhisky for the sample
    • Nose
      Initial notes are masses of orchard fruits, ripe fruit and a damp wet dunnage and old cask influences. Sweet on the nose. Water brought a little more damp compost. Sherry influence is muted, some sultanas and dates. Orchard fruits subside and more essences of damp cellar and wood spices. Also some notes of amber resin and some barley.
    • Taste
      at full strength the alcohol bites. added water and sherry asserts first and then quite dry wood spices. some astringency. Sweet at first and then quite drying. Quite oily an slightly resinous but not massively complex.
    • Finish
      a little smoke at the finish, certainly savoury drying again mainly on wood bitters. some barley again.

  4. Feusi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    You do not get every day a sip of an experiment served. Even the nose is what has been suggested, peat, not the smoky peat from Islay, more like a Brora. Sweet fruity with spicy notes of wood, peat and smoke can be found at the first sip. The long finish leads to the palate of the sweet spicy notes slowly towards the peaty bitter experiences. This bottling is different than usual, get it.

  5. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A whisky especially pleasant to the nose. Well done, greedy and sweet but not very complex.
    • Nose
      The nose opens on wood and vanilla (like an old bourbon) and then coconut. Some notes of Mirabelle.
      The whole is rather engaging.
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy explosion, marked by vanilla and wood again. There are also some dried fruits (especially hazelnut).
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, sweet, candied. A little chocolate.

  6. tomy63 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quite surprising, no peat, and a whisky that seems aged in bourbon casks. Maybe a sample dating a little?
    • Nose
      seems a little sweet, vanilla, coconut, wood, some wax, honey, cherry plum, cereals. Look more like a bourbon cask than a sherry cask. No traces of peat. The sample may have come from a bottle that has been open for a long time.
    • Taste
      beautiful aromatic scale, coconut, vanilla, spices, wood, wax, cereals, a little sweet, hazel too. Fruity enough, texture a little thick.
    • Finish
      always wood, vanilla, a little dried fruit now, hazelnut.

  7. Sonett scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This was a really interesting experimental whisky. Despite the stale tendencies it is a well tasting peaty dram. 
    • Nose
      First a peatyness but not like ordinary peated whisky. It is more like a combination of peat and the stale smell out of an underground cave. Behind this the more typical Sherry nose, a soft mix of Raisins figs and plums. A bit odd combination but still pleasant
    • Taste
      Enters the mouth with the Sherry aspects at first. Not a clear Sherry, more as a really old fusty one (sorry but I cannot find a better explanation) then increasing spices and a peaty smoke when swallowed. 
    • Finish
      Rather long finish with fading spices and peat turning in to a soft bitter ending

  8. Laird Of Islay did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes from Signatory, October 6th..."At time of bottling our first cask of Craigduff 1973, we believed, based on information available to us, that Craigduff was a peated malt from Strathisla Distillery.Based on our own more detailed research, we have now established that Craigduff was, in fact, distilled at the nearby Glen Keith distillery.Since first releasing Craigduff, there has been considerable ?chatter? on how the whisky was peated etc. In this regard our own understanding is now as follows;-Lightly peated barley from Glen Keith maltings was used in conjunction with controlled amounts of concentrated peated water, being added to each wash charge.Peated water was brought in 45 gallon drums from Stornaway, on fishing boats into the port of Buckie. The peated water was run through the small still at Glen Keith, which was coupled to an angled condenser and water driven off to concentrate the peatiness in the remaining water. It is understood that 10 gallons of the concentrated peated water was added to each wash charge.We understand the drive behind the experimental distillation came from a sister company in Japan. Apparently, during the course of the experiment, a sample of the concentrated peated water, whilst en route to Japan, was intercepted at Heathrow airport by Customs Officials who were convinced it was whisky in disguise, and decanted a fair bit of the drum before realising, too late, that it was in fact just water.We apologise for any inconvenience that our wrongly associating Craigduff with Strathisla Distillery may have caused and would be grateful if you could update your web site and any other product descriptors to reflect the fact that Craigduff was actually made at Glen Keith.Best regards,
    Andrew Symington"


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