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Overall rating
82.41/100
votes
581
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L14218B700
Barcode
5000277003389
Added on
08 Sep 2014 12:50 pm by z-imaging
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 48.08

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 13-year-old

88 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.41 points

  1. Fortuna1895 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A pleasing little Speysider, which I think can handle a small shot of water.
    • Nose
      The nose welcomes the Speyside. Sweet paired with special seasoning. Moist malt, a dollop of vanilla cream, a tiny bit of pineapple. Far away a cup of banana / apricot / papaya salad with chocolate. Water rinses fresh sawn wooden slats on the tongue. With malt, small hints of fruit, some cocoa powder, fruit muesli and a touch of pumpkin.
    • Taste
      A soft start. Then malt, a little spiciness, a few spices. Small wood notes are over a light creaminess, with water much sweeter, but still the small fire. Something fresh oak, spicy malt, a very small piece of toffee, a pinch of pepper, a little mint.
    • Finish
      When the whisky has left the throat, there is a slight residual sharpness - along with hints of yellow fruit and some fresh wood. Water gives the finish something slightly creamy. The yellow fruits show up here as well. Mild caramel notes, a minuteness of chocolate, an idea dryness.

  2. Misery scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Craigellachie 13 yo | 46% | 19 + 20 + 20 + 20 = 79pts
    N: Empty, with a hole in the middle, very soft. Wet piece of wood, vanilla, a bunch of malt and fresh bread, lemon zest, spirituality.
    T: Boring, peppery malt. Some kind of offsets of pickles and cabbage, a piece of wood, lemons, vanilla, as if there were even cereals.
    F: Short, peppery bitter. Bread, malt, a few nuts, a wet piece of wood, an obsessive bitterness from a barrel, lemon sweets.
    B: Hat for 13 years, as if Deshman's NAS or 10-12 year old blend. A distinct hole in the body, there are offsets, too simple.

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Has way more substance and character than most entry-level twelve-year-olds. Good body at 46%, a nice introduction to the distillery and the distillate. There are quite a few things going on here, and nothing dominates. Very interwoven and thoroughly unboring. I like it a lot.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The alcohol comes through a bit, but it's no biggie. Orchard fruits, pear skin, unripe banana, straw. There's something grassy/floral as well as quite a sulphuric / meaty aspect, à la Mortlach and/or Deanston: coal gas and barrel char. Not overly complex but very thick and substantial.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, buttery, weighty. Indistinctly fruity, grapey, like a good, strong grappa. Coal, charcoal, burnt logs. Something steely. A bit like Ben Nevis's younger brother.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Ends on pear juice, tonic water, and roast aromas: burnt coffee powder.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. rottendon scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The best thing about this whisky is definitely the finish. Overall, a tasty whisky with slight balance problems. A bit overpriced. Quite suitable as every day dram.
    • Nose
      Starts with strong notes of apples, sometimes lightly fermented. Strong malt notes and some zest are without citrus. Sounds stupid, but it does. Is that sulfur? In addition, there is an intense herbal note. Crème Brulée is also to be found. What stays in the long run are herbs and Zest. Additional temperature produces artificially aromas and some dried fruit.
    • Taste
      Wow, what a start. Since I had not counted on the nose in the farthest with. Pretty sweet, herbs and a peppery pungency. Unfortunately a bit sprightly.
    • Finish
      After the herbs have faded, a pleasant nutty fruity note remains on the palate for longer than expected. A medium-length finish of the very pleasant kind.

  6. birkzehn scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Jordanite scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Craigallachie heavily promotes their use of the traditional wormtub over the more modern style condenser for its ability to increase the amount of copper contact the spirit experiences and hence impart greater complexity to the whisky. However all things considered, I'd still classify this as a relatively simple and easy-drinking whisky. The nose is a fairly balanced mix of light florals and orchard fruits, with some evidence of that savoury flavour from the copper in the background. The palate is, likewise, relatively straightforward, continuing with the nose: florals, orchard fruits and a touch too much wood bitterness on the end. With water things become more balanced and the flavour noticeably improves. The finish contains a bit more savoury than that palate and a little more heat. Overall it is a decent whisky.

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Solid malt. You can drink it. But that's just not something that blows you away. A neat entry-level paint. Not more but also not less.
    • Nose
      Malt sweetness. Yellow apple. Pear dish. Flowerhoney. Floral notes. A little bit of dabbling. Caramel. In addition, some citrus notes. Rather a light, fresh and fruity nose.
    • Taste
      In the mouth first the distinct malt sweetness. Sugar candy. Then slightly floral / herbal hints paired with the fruit. Then it tingles. Citrus shower. But this is slowly synonymous in a certain sharpness.
    • Finish
      The sharpness now subsides and goes back into the tingle. Sour wine gum. Pear dish. Maybe some hops.

  9. craide scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. craide scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

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