Craigellachie 13-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
No.: 83-LH88
Stated Age
13 years old
Refill American Oak Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
Added on
08 Sep 2014 12:50 pm by z-imaging

Average value

€ 49.75

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 13-year-old

110 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.30 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Koning scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Characterfull and entertaining dram. It's quite assertive at times (and sulphurous), and never predictable (every dram from my bottle gave me a slightly different expericence). Very nice to try to broaden your palate!
    • Nose
      81 81
      Malty sweetness,vanilla,apple and banana skin. Also quite vegetal (cauliflower, agave) and a hint of sulphur.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Full and a bit sharp wit salted butter, vanilla, lemon and a hint of wine vinigar. Clear but well integrated sulphur, acompanied by a whiff of smoke
    • Finish
      83 83
      Less pronounced with citrus fruits, liquorice and salt. And eggs (yes, sulphur) and again a tiny hint of smoke.

  4. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    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.
    • Nose
      Empty, with a hole in the middle, very soft. Wet piece of wood, vanilla, a bunch of malt and fresh bread, lemon zest, spirituality.
    • Taste
      Boring, pepper and malt. Some kind of offsets of pickles and cabbage, a piece of wood, lemons, vanilla, as if there were even cereals.
    • Finish
      Short, peppery bitter. Bread, malt, a few nuts, a wet piece of wood, an obsessive bitterness from a barrel, lemon sweets.

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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.

  7. Saftkenner scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    If you like fermented light fruits in the aroma, this is the right place. But I think some of the refill barrels have been used way too often and cause a slight sting here. I feel that this is a clear mistake, but I can also imagine that there are definitely people who like this.
    For me there is probably no second time.
    • Nose
      74 74
      Fermented light fruits, anise, damp musty wood, lemon, a hint of oak spice, a slight hint of honey and dried herbs, pear and liquorice. Overall rather uncomfortable for my nose.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Strong but also quite alcoholic hot for 46% drinking strength.
      Pear, vanilla, cardboard, herbal tea, oak seasoning, oranges, mint, a little pineapple.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium-long finish. Vanilla, pickled Williams pears and light oak spice.

  8. valery77 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Solid, very pleasant. Malt motifs, creamy toffee, fresh wood, herbal notes, dry medicinal herbal, boiled sugar, metal shavings. 22
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, moderately sweet, somewhat pungent. Creamy caramel, black pepper, liquid floral honey, metallic notes, herbal bitterness, woody tannins, light sulphurous notes. 20
    • Finish
      Medium in length, tannic, smoothly decaying, a slight sulfur content is added to the middle of the dram. 20
      An interesting, peculiar whisky, although there could be less bitterness in the taste. Balance 20
      Total 82

  9. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Decent standard bottling of Craigellachie, no more but also no less. Good starter.

  10. hafssol scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Sweet fruity notes (pear, pineapple) and a bit of spice, enhanced by the 46% vol. Yet, quite smooth and rounded, for a very enjoyable and quite easy everyday dram. Tasted a sample, will come back for more.


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