Double Barrel Ardbeg / Craigellachie DL

Overall rating
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Aug 2014 11:26 am by RoyC

Average value

€ 76,82

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Whisky Reviews for Double Barrel Ardbeg / Craigellachie DL

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.27 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Very biscuity. Oatmeal, malt, rye bread, orange pancake, whiffs of smoke but nothing more. 

    Palate: More orange maltiness, doughy, nice oily mouthfeel. Buttery sweetness. 

    Finish: orange spice, slight smoke, mouthcoating and a nice weight to it. 

    Summary: Serge says this is ‘very ardbeg 10’ and I respectfully disagree. Drinking it beside ardbeg 10, and it is being smothered by the Craigellachie. Now if you have this on it’s own it’s not bad at all, in fact I have really enjoyed it. But it’s identity is not more than 50% ardbeg and that’s fair. Where as the compass box really showcases ardbeg in no name. This one is a drinker, not a thinker and that’s just fine with me. 

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  2. eaque scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    From Serge           May 2, 2016

    Ardbeg & Craigellachie (46%, Douglas Laing, Double Barrel, +/-2016)  I find it admirable to dump a cask of Ardbeg – however young - into a vatting, while you could probably sell it as a single for double the price. Unless, unless… Colour: white wine. Nose: much more mainstream, classic, easy, and frankly pleasant. The vatting added a layer of fresh fruits to Ardbeg’s raw smoke, but frankly, it’s the latter that’s catching all the light. I’m not even sure someone would notice that ‘something else’ was added to Ardbeg, even if, now that we know it, it’s a tad lighter than the usual Ardbeg. Mouth: very good, very Ardbeg Ten. Smoke, brine, lemon, a little tar, a little liquorice… I guess we should be able to taste both casks individually to check how they worked together, but this is very ‘Ardbeg’. And a very good Ardbeg. Finish: long, precise, very Ardbeggian. Comments: aaaah! In fact, this may have worked as if they had matured some Ardbeg in some very active sweet American oak. Excellent. And proof that it wasn’t the Craig’ in the previous one ;-). SGP:456 - 89 points.

  3. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The marriage of Islay and Speyside notes are wonderful.
    But it would be better in cask strength I think.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, citruses, salty caramel, vanilla.
      Over time, there is a small herbal and camphor.
    • Taste
      Very creamy. Sweet peat, toffee, orange and peach, pepper, grass and ash.
    • Finish
      Medium length with peat and dark chocolate

  4. Landryn scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    N: Rich, fruity with salt and toffee

    T: Peat, toffee, caramel and lemon grass

    F: Delicate and peaty
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    • Taste
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    • Finish
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  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The combination of peaty, fruity and creamy notes works quite well, almost as if you're dealing with an older Islay whisky.
    • Nose
      Peat, citrus, vanilla, peach and caramel.
    • Taste
      Peat, orange, peach and toffee.
    • Finish
      Peat, peach, caramel, orange and dark chocolate.

  6. Pdh scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    N Balanced elegant fruity vanilla, marzipan and a hint of smoke
    T First sweet fruit then heavy smoky tar
    F Very long with mouth watering spicy elegant tar.
    C Balanced and elegant for lovers of fruity smoky whisky showing sides of both barrels.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
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