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Craigellachie 13-year-old

Overall rating
82.38/100
votes
711
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
No.: 83-LH88
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

€ 48.76

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711 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 13-year-old

95 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.38 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. PaulDvorak 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.

  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. Willum scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. WhiskyRates_by_Tommy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Craigellachie 13 years
      Smell: Bolder feel of lemongrass, yes, waxy and a little meaty, with ripe fruits, bolder smells of old whisky but not as complex. 83
    • Taste
      84 84
      Taste: rich lemon and apple and honey, little hints of citrus peel. and abundant fruits then go to spices and old mint leaves. With little hint of smoke. 84
    • Finish
      82 82
      Finish: mint, coca. 82

  8. KOQ24 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    One of the best "entry-level" Single Malts that i've had so far.
    A Speysider that tastes more like a Highland Malt.
    • Nose
      Apple,Beeswax,Vanilla,spicy,Toffee
    • Taste
      Apple,Honey,Vanilla,Toffee with a light acidity
    • Finish
      oily with a medium to full Body with a light alcohol note.
      Impressive mouthfeel for such a "young" Whisky

  9. MickMatrix scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Relatively simple but intense.
    For me it actually consists only of fruit compote with a light vanilla and the maltiness.

    No purchase but absolutely enjoyable.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Intense, full aroma. Tart, light fruits, such as apple and lemon. Vanilla. Malt in the background.
      Sweetness is only very easily there.
      I mean smell cherries or berries. But that's more from alcohol, which is quite present.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Tart and slightly musty. Apple, peaches, apricots. Lots of light fruit flavors. Saliva-stimulating. Here too a malty note comes through to the finish.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Intense finish completely without oak and also of medium length. The dry fruit basket remains and is now more in the direction of green apple and pear. Unripe banana.

  10. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    From the nose I would place it between the Grant 12y and the Deanston 12y. The Deanston tasted me even better. In the mouth it is okay. Not spectacular but good. The finish is a little short and could be more intense. I find the PLV (currently around € 42 in Austria) a little too high. The Deanston costs much less with the same alcohol content.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The 13-year-old comes into the glass with a light gold tone or a dark hay yellow. A thin layer with very narrow legs covers the glass wall. I like the nose. Vigorous pineapple and ripe pear come first with a dash of hay. You don't notice the alcohol defacto. After the first sip, the pineapple turns into vanilla with a slight hint of orange.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Slightly oily mouthfeel with an initially clear sweetness, which then immediately turns into a slightly peppery flavor. The second sip makes it malty, less sweet.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The wort continues briefly. The rest of the finish on the first sip is also short. Some oak is still coming. It's slightly warm towards the stomach. The second time comes at the end, at the very end, a bitter chocolate with maybe 60-65% cocoa.

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