Craigellachie 13-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
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 12:28 pm by z-imaging

Average value

€ 46,61

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 13-year-old

82 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.39 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. 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.

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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.

  5. ffmdino scored this whisky 25 points Expert Senior

    fair puddle

    again in the glass
    no surplus
    solid malt
    the finish disappoints something
    • Nose
      neat malt, sweet, light fruit, slightly oak
      later vanilla and becomes more, apple (jund and not intense), minimal orange
    • Taste
      strong and full
      very spicy, old nuts and old wood, green herbs, slightly peppery
      later: harsh and some oak
    • Finish
      rather short to medium in length
      Likes oak, light citrus / orange notes, becomes astringent and slightly astringent

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nose: sweet, fruity, bright fruits, apples, but also something tropical, vanilla, and a crisp freshness, I like that. Mouth: soft, mild, sweetish, creamy, fruity, some malt, a little vanilla. Finish: a little oak, malty, vanilla, a few floral notes, fresh and then a bit tart. Conclusion: I like it. Although quite unspectacular, but a delicious Speysider, which is fresh, but does not look young. Only the price is unfortunately rather ambitious.

  7. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      marzipan, bonfire, hay, raisins, vanilla, honey, caramel, toffee, chocolate, fresh coriander, banana, fennel, cream, cinnamon
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Tasty fresh citrus fruit malt. Round thing. Fits.
    • Nose
      Nice fruity-sweet nose. Above all, citrus fruits such as tangerine, lemon, then a little honey, light malt and a light herbal note.
    • Taste
      So in the mouth. Kribbelt something, but overall soft. The fruits, the sweetness, the malt are there. Tastes.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long. There's not that much going on, but somehow that does not bother me either. Just stay a little pleasant in the mouth.

  9. shape_shifter scored this whisky 75 points Newbie

    Well let's start with the price. I bought it for over 50 pounds and it was not worth it. It is now available for roughly 35 pounds and yes, at this price it is worth to try it and I can recommend it.

    Fruits, honey, vanilla all wrapped in meadow flowers. Pleasant, quite pleasant. Tiny annoying detail in the background. I am not sure what it is really. It's just a background noise but still.

    Oranges, apricots, flowers, hint of lemon, ginger and then great counter to balance it - oak and wet soil. Very nice.

    Short and sharp mixture of apricot and wood at first but then suddenly milder but staying for bit longer.

    Overall very good whisky for up to 35 pounds but not worth 50 if you are budget oriented. Still it is worth to try it.

    I will buy another bottle.

    Edit: Try it straight and then add few drops of water. Interesting change.

  10. RobIsrael scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Good casks, not so good spirit.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Very sweet, lightly fruited mainly citrus, apples, pears. But also a little bit of the harsh barley that I often find in Craigellachie distillate.
    • Taste
      72 72
      Again sweet, oily, robust and again harsh barley notes.
    • Finish
      72 72
      Short to medium, vanilla, caramel, citrus, harsh barley.


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