Craigellachie 13-year-old

Overall rating
82.43/100
votes
873
Whiskybase ID
WB57960
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
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 49.70

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Whisky reviews for Craigellachie 13-year-old

118 users have left 133 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.43 points.

  1. whiskyd scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Middle of the road
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      68 68

  2. whiskyd scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Middle of the road
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      68 68

  3. James.Braddock scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Above average standard. Honey, vanilla, some caramel. All nicely integrated and nice and soft. A large bottle would also be an option

  4. geriud scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  5. TimkoT scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. samalo12 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Highly demanding malt that fulfills if you give it time. Leaving this one at 86 due to the commitment, but a proper session gives 90+. Definitely give it time to open up.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweet, Fruity, Floral
    • Taste
      87 87
      Intense vanilla and caramel, sweet, sulfury, meaty, lime peel
    • Finish
      87 87
      Tannic, zesty, sweet, perfume

  7. joeynoreen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. CellarToberi scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Non-chill filtered. Condensed in worm tub. Thick fast primary legs. Midsize slow secondary legs. Characteristic of the distillery: a demanding single malt.
    • Nose
      Floral: flower, flower honey, hay, fragrant. Cereal: malted barley, barley sugar, hay. Savoury: meet. Feints: sulfur, wax. Woody: oak. Fruity: orchard fruit: apple, pear, peach, apricot. Sweet: honey. Spicy: pepper. Earthy. Nutty: almond. Rich: penetrating. Water brings up maltiness.
    • Taste
      Cereal: barley sugar. Fruity: citrus: lemon, fresh fruit. Spicy: black pepper, ginger. Woody: toasted oak. Water brings up sweeter confectionery notes.
    • Finish
      Long: vaporizing. Woody: toasted oak. Spicy: pepper. Sweet: barley sugar. Cereal: malt. Fruity: ripe fruit. Dry.

  9. zzqfyl scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. The_Osprey scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Craigellachie ‘13 aged years’, whatever that means, 46%.

    Nice label on this 50ml miniature, consumed Dec 2021.

    Good mid-tone amber orange colour.

    Aroma is a touch musty, dried orange peel and slightly tired oak, lemongrass tea. Musty oak vs dried out lemon and orange citrus.

    Taste is also sort of orangey up front, muted orange peel tea, fruit squash to an extent, which becomes overcome by bitter oak.

    Pretty simple. Fairly cohesive flavour. Some citrus complexities but it’s all of a theme. Spicy, musty oak up-front leading to more of a bitterness. Those oak flavours are offset by muted suggestions of bitter-sweet waxy citrus. Becoming increasingly peppery and bitter. I have mixed feelings about that peppery finish.

    I have always been very interested to try this and I’m glad I finally have, although it doesn't have a profile that suits my preferences. 3.225/77

  11. JoachimV scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  12. Larry411 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It tastes like Halloween night in an untended orchard of mostly apples, with a few pumpkins. Dead leaves, piles of fallen rotten apples, brisk air, some dead grass, and there's a fire pit, down to embers now, and some young people are roasting marshmallows over it while others are eating caramel apples.

  13. DistiLesha scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very dense and balanced whisky. Unexpectedly high level and excellent quality of the drink, suitable for savoring.
    N:21 T:23 F:22 B:21
    • Nose
      Extremely fruity, creamy toffee, fresh sedge, bananas, apples, cool sulphuriness like old Strathisla, some citrus notes and spices
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity toffee, fresh fruit compote, moderate bitterness, also sulphurous as in the nose, dense and balanced, sweetness 7 out of 10, oily, lemon peel, quince.
    • Finish
      Citruses, light tannic astringency, bright fruits, oak.

  14. Kraddell scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Since I absolutely loved both Craigelachie (Private bottelings) I've had, it was about time for me to try their core range offering. This one pours an 'old gold' . Definately doesn't have much shine, and it's also a tad darker. Scent is sharp, agressive woody notes, medium intense booze. Not overly specific, but very raw . Taste is surprisingly, rather sweet. very rough and raw woodyness. I absolutely love that. Intense as well ( 46 % makes a big difference to the average 40 % ) well recognizable character between this and both others I had of this destillery. It's pretty early on in my career to speak about stuff like this, but I do think this will probably be one of my favorite producers. Lovely whisky, i'm surprised by the low value.

  15. dominikbraun scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Soft and creamy, voluminous and a little greasy, floral, ripe citrus fruits, milk chocolate and orange peel, butterscotch, lightweight - great.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fresh spices, oak wood, ripe and juicy fruits again, vanilla cream, honey, jam, oranges, herbal tea, lemonade.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Comparatively fruity, again spices, still voluminous, oily and pleasant.

  16. Pie3k scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. Svjatogor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    n: honey, bees wax, very herbal, full vanilla, sweet and intense, ripe apple, cinnamon, floral, orange juice, sherry, pleasant, hint of smoke with different & vintage style
    t: fruity, herbal, intense, oily, spicy
    a: juice, warming, herbal, fruit, hint of wood

  18. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    beautiful malt with a pleasant round profile. Easy drinking.
    • Nose
      very fruity, floral notes, pears, a slight sulfur note, a light grass note and some citrus fruits
    • Taste
      soft start, sweet, fruity, also here a slight sulfur note. Very full, vanilla and cereals
    • Finish
      Here the grassy notes come back at first, fruity, some nuts

  19. Rémonh scored this whisky 72 points Newbie

    Not too heavy, nice scent. Aftertaste is slightly smoky in my eyes.

  20. Rémonh scored this whisky 72 points Newbie

    Smells nice, not too heavy drink, slightly smoky aftertaste.

  21. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Meaty, fruity, malty, slightly sulphury. Full bodied, complex and rewarding.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. MLE scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  23. Malthead19 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    - a really good malt for beginners and connoisseurs
    - very interesting vigorous development
    - nice combination between sweetness and fruit
    - for 35-40€ a good quality whisky
    • Nose
      very soft floral first impression, fruity (apricot), malty, vanilla in the background
    • Taste
      Filigree start with explosive, powerful development, lots of fruit, pears, overripe apples
    • Finish
      medium length fruity finish ;
      long cracking intense powerful aftertaste, wooden, oak

  24. 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

  25. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  26. hafssol scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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.

  27. Rody024 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great dram which displays a good harmony with the ABV, flavour compounds and the heavy influence of sulphur in both mouthfeel and flavour.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Gunpowder, boiled meat, hay, apples and honey.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Olive brine, hay, boiled meat, honey and fresh fruits.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Very long and complex with more meaty and fruity notes.

  28. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A great whisky. Full-bodied, beautiful variety of flavors and very balanced. Perfect!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Beautiful, intensely fruity, wonderful creamy sweetness, vanilla, honey, very light and pleasant herbal notes, fresh, juicy citrus fruits, delicate milk chocolate, soft light wood notes.

      Voluminous and with full aromas, but still soft and balanced. Nothing stands out.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very pleasantly spicy, light dry herbal notes, sweet honey, light wood notes, some dry hay, green apple, pleasantly sweet fruit notes in the background, as well as fresh citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Super pleasant and with full aromas, soft light wood, honey sweetness, dry herbal notes.

  29. Igitor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  30. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Floral pear, cream, a little bit of alcohol bite
    • Taste
      Light fruits and cream, after that - bitter wood coal
    • Finish
      Medium, a mix of burnt wood and floral

  31. Jabarkas scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Very enjoyable Speyside. Sweet, calm. Yet a touch boring. Especially on the finish. Another of those pleasant citrusy drams (along with Deanston 12 and Glencadam 10).
    • Nose
      Citrusy, cinnamon, candy.
    • Taste
      Vanilla sweetness, mild oak bitterness, less fruity than on the nose. Light Pineapple. And a very light touch of smoke. Though no peat.
    • Finish
      Mild sherry on the finish. Avocado.

  32. sarthur71 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  33. Foudos scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  34. Luguber scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Nose: Vanilla, oak, banana
    • Taste
      90 90
      Taste: Sweet, marzipany goodness with some furniture polish and apples thrown in
    • Finish
      86 86
      Finish: Fairly long, some pepper shows up and apples abound near the end.
      All around a great whisky with a nice kick and a full feel.

  35. Teomarg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  36. Mapl scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  37. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Serious, correct, already matured whisky, but somehow too polished and neat. Molt who has dignity and character, but lacks emotion.
    • Nose
      Fresh crust of bread, vanilla, honey, a little cinnamon, citrus fruits, young bark and in the distance a faint smoke (long-burnt wood).
    • Taste
      Pleasant malt flavors, apple pits, tannins, a drop of lemon and spices.
    • Finish
      Medium duration, dry. Tingling at first, with echoes of sweet pastries, honey, vanilla, with a decent tannin content. Then peppery, slightly salty, with a ginger note and a subtle hint of smokiness.

  38. Willum scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  39. DrunkDude 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

  40. 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

  41. MickMatrix scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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.

  42. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 83 points Expert 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.

  43. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  44. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  45. 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.

  46. birkzehn scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  47. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky 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.

  48. Jordanite scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    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. On a side note, I find that this whisky is a bit of a bully: I have noticed a number of times that my tastebuds are dulled after drinking this whisky and I am less sensitive to the follow-up whiskies I drink in the same sitting.

  49. 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.

  50. craide scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  51. craide scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  52. ffmdino scored this whisky 25 points Connoisseur

    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

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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

  56. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert 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.

  57. 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.

    Nose
    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.

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

    Finish
    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.

  58. 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.

  59. markjedi1 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Disappointed

    Craigellachie is a lesser known malt that was re-launched by the owners in the Last Great Malts series. Dewar’s & Sons presented their new line-up of this Speysider in 2014 with a 13, 17, 19 (travel retail), 23 and even 31 Year Old. Let me try the entry level malt of 13 years which matured on American oak.

    The nose keeps you waiting for a while. First I get some yeast and raw barley notes before any fruit shows itself. Yellow apples, green banana and hints of citrus fruit, but I cannot really call this very fruity. A touch of honey and some milk chocolate. To be completely honest… a little boring.

    The palate is not much of an improvement, I must say. Lots of malt – not the sugars – with some apples and maybe some pineapple and apricots pastry but also a big bitter note. Some almonds and more apples, but slowly this is become quite sharp. A bit of a let-down.

    The finish shows an interesting bit of woodsmoke, but that’s about it.

    Not exactly the most outspoken, complex or even very good Craigellachie I have tried. I am left a bit disappointed. I will spend those 50 EUR elsewhere.

  60. LeChiffre scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    The not identifiable "musty" note in the taste makes it an average malt. There are better alternatives in the price range.
    • Nose
      82 82
      lovely; fruity-sweet (citrusy with notes of lemon and orange); Alcohol clearly noticeable
    • Taste
      77 77
      fruity sweetness; peppery pungency; an unrecognizable musty note; Oak
    • Finish
      79 79
      slightly dry; Oak notes; fruity sweetness; spicy

  61. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  62. dramspotter scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      grassy, lemon, mango
    • Taste
      spicy; leather
    • Finish
      short->medium

  63. uap304 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Craigellachie 13-year old @46%

    High quality stuff. The shiz. It's bold, interesting, and characterful. Maybe too challenging for some, but so worth it. Very, very yummy. It seems fitting that my score is the same as for Benromach 10-year. Yay!
    • Nose
      A bit closed and hot to start. But then sweetness, light sherry, metallic and noticeable sulfur. Malty. In the bitter old-fashioned style for sure. Apples and cloves. Definitely reminiscent of Dewar's.
    • Taste
      Bold and full-bodied. More in the Highland style. A heavily sweet attack, with honey and malt. Then becoming bitter, earthy, and metallic. Hints of chocolate and pomegranate.
    • Finish
      Mildly drying sherry and the sulfur comes back. But then back to ashy and metallic. Lingering honey, sherry, sweet and savory, mild oak, and mint.

  64. dRambo scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  65. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Furniture polish, cake, christmas cake, cream, oak, vanilla and bread notes on nose.

    Dried fruits, peat smoke, spices, cake, cream notes on palate.

    Spices, oak cask, dryness, vanilla, green apples, peat smoke notes on long finish.

  66. ahroeen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  67. Allandale scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A full body.
    • Nose
      A bonfire night : aromas of oozing toasted marshmallows   and baked apples studded with cloves.
    • Taste
      Malty tones present. Sweet complexity with the tang of sulphury cordite lingering in the background.
    • Finish
      Middle long to long. Slightly smoky in the end.

  68. ctu scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant Craigellachie. Nice fruits, oaks and spices. Good value for money.
    • Nose
      Waxy fruits, vanilla, honey and herbals.
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy. Citruses, oak, vanilla, pepper and ginger.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy, oaky with citruses.

  69. wataya scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  70. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  71. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice without water. Also nice, but different with water. It are different experiences. Interesting whisky.
    • Nose
      Nose-filling. Sweet dried fruit. Green herbs. Vanilla.

      With water: Softer and milder.
    • Taste
      Beautiful full, warm sweet arrival. Little hot vanilla in the development towards sweet and sour citrus fruits with a bitter edge.

      With water: Soft arrival. Long development of warm vanilla, sweet and sour citrus.
    • Finish
      Long abnd soft finish of sweet vanilla and dry citrus fruits.

  72. vojt466 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Chutnalo :)
    • Nose
      Citrus, apricot, chewing gum, almonds, old furniture, vanilla, seafood and peat (mainly from the beginning).
    • Taste
      Vanilla, creamy chocolate, cream, while spiciness and balls of salt combined with green apples in the background.
    • Finish
      In reverberation, coffee dessert, vanilla, tea and spiceiness

  73. Calmar scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

      Not a bad, simple and uncomplicated talk, there are not enough stars from the sky, but it does not cause rejection either, it is well balanced, saturated and dense for its small fortress, drinking, such an oak, slightly rough, living and mobile spayder. Over time, the aftertaste develops, juicy and deep enough, perhaps a couple of points for him.
    • Nose
      Open, fresh, raw wood, grain, floral-herbal notes, red apples, some vanilla, fruit compote.
    • Taste
      Medium density and saturation, oak, flower-honey notes, light pepper wave, orange peel.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, ginger, light fruit sour, bitter young bark, cola, exploding caramel, bitterness from light beer.

  74. jankes scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  75. martinni scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  76. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  77. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    a basic SPEY that does its job, well for an appetizer because of its taste neutrality!
    • Nose
      spicy, fresh at the same time and malty-vanilla, then a little dry herbs!
    • Taste
      caramel and vanilla on the palate, then a rather spicy alcoholic return, a rough side, a little ginger and apple
    • Finish
      simple, rather short on the same aromas

  78. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    S
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  79. robain scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  80. 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.

  81. TimHighland scored this whisky 71 points Newbie

    Pretty, classic bottle. Light colour. 

    Sweet metallic nose. First taste is smooth and fresh, although somewhat sharp. Body is oily, does not linger. Finishes on a silty sweet note.

    Would buy again, although price is at the upper limit of what I would spend on a whisky of this quality.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      70 70

  82. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  83. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Mediocre to be honest, I was expecting more.
    • Nose
      Honey, honeycomb, milk chocolate, citrus, shortbread biscuit and a touch of like (I think?)
    • Taste
      The bitterness is quite noticeable but luckily soon subsides leaving cream & pastries.

      There is some bitter plum and red apple skins but it does improve with time in the glass.

      There is also something nutty, like almond.
    • Finish
      Quite short with a bitterness at the finish

  84. Chengdoo scored this whisky 68 points Newbie

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      64 64

  85. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      65 65

  86. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Whiff of peat of sweet herbs, sulphur and nutty. Raisin and floral.
    Well matured and solid. Water reveal more of the puffy smokes. P- Burning sweet on the tip, medium weight. Robust, full of spice and
    fermented fruits. A thin layer of heavily toasted wood and rubbery
    sulphur in the middle.

    F- Smooth, juicy and mouth-watering. Long and echoing with flaming spiciness going on and on. Reminded me of Glencaddam.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  87. ffmdino scored this whisky 25 points Connoisseur

    the nose is the best, not the hammer
    • Nose
      sweet, vanilla, honey, something fresh, cereals, waffle, nutmeg, later apple and cheese
    • Taste
      soft in the mouth, malt, liquorice, slightly spicy, nutty
    • Finish
      short, oak

  88. Georges scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  89. Georges scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet, fruity (apples, peaches), mezcal, earthy, almonds, raisins, vanilla
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruity (apples, pears, peaches), herbs, some smoke
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, fruity

  90. Opeth83 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  91. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    For his age and price a very versatile whisky. Fruit and sweets dominate, but because of its strong peppery character, this dram gets much more depth than many other entry-level Speysider.
    For me, one of them to always have a grasp, stay.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  92. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very fruity and sweet whisky with a strong character at the same time.
    • Nose
      some smoky, but also very fruity: citrus. grassy, ​​honey. Very fresh smell.
    • Taste
      Fruity (citrus), but also a firm peppery edge. Grass, floral. Also sweet notes, honey, toffee-like
    • Finish
      For a while, some peppery, some chocolate or toffee, citrus, even a bit of tobacco.

  93. mer1973 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  94. pianoman scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light. Dry grasses with a little sweetness.
    • Taste
      Cereals, light spice. Short.

  95. ApricotOne scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  96. St. Pauli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Despite it's fruitiness, it has a heavier side which I find very pleasant. Not the cheapest entry level dram, but one of the better if you ask me. Very recommended.
    • Nose
      Despite the heavy spirit, it's very fresh, with apple, banana and (to a lesser extent) orange. Later, dried fruit emerge (mainly apricot). Furthermore, there are herbs (dominated by mint) and toffee. 
    • Taste
      Toffeed and honeyed, apple, banana, herbs, grass, and a hint of tobacco.
    • Finish
      Spicy (pepper, ginger), lemon, orange and toffee. 

  97. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    tasted with Cragganmore 12, an old favourite, and this is right up there.

    not as "beefy" but got a lot going for it with the higher abv and NCF
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  98. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    in it's class, price and age bracket, it's quite complex

    appreciate the 46%abv, no color, no filtering
    could see myself buy another bottle of this
    • Nose
      fresh and fruity nose, green apples, very green bananas peel, more sweetness emerging over time, but also a bit more citrus
    • Taste
      spicy, unripe banana with ginger and a pinch of pepper, sweetness comes through as rich nutty fudge
    • Finish
      oily but still kind of dry, a nice acidity like freshly squeezed juice from red autumn apples

  99. JimKikke scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  100. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  101. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced standard whisky with a really good price-performance-ratio.

  102. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  103. skratte scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  104. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasty whisky, smells sweet and fresh, this is also reflected in the taste but also a surprisingly strong, spicy side. The sweet / fruity and the 'more distinctive side' are nicely balanced. Pleasant.

  105. p4blo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A decent Speysider, especially for the price.
    • Nose
      Wax, butter, sugary sweetness, wet grass and a faint note of cardboard.
    • Taste
      White sugar, pineapples, pears, honey and pepper.
    • Finish
      Spicy with notes of pepper and ginger coating subtle sweetness. Again a hint of cardboard towards the end.

  106. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Orange, green banana, vanilla, honey, grass, apple, caramel and citrus.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, orange, green banana, honey, caramel, almond, grass, spice and tobacco.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, banana, caramel, honey, orange and citrus.

  107. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Fairly complex and interesting flavours. It has character, which is a big compliment.
    • Nose
      Candied bananas and toffee, with fresher notes of green apple. Some light citrus behind that, mainly lemon and orange zest. A touch of ginger and a bit of menthol.
    • Taste
      A soft banana flavour at first, but otherwise a spicy arrival with ginger root and cardamom taking center stage. Watered down apple juice and pine needles.
    • Finish
      Spicy (pepper) with pine wood and bitter lemon.

  108. maltaholic scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Color light honey, very pleasant aroma, fruity, figs tasting almost like Mon Chérie, but then sprittig, could have been better for his age.

  109. Drochaid scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Distinctive, full of character, slightly sulphurous, with sweet, almost wine-like notes, nuts. Palate: Soft, creamy, good balance of sweetness and spice. Finish: Long-lasting, rich in content.

  110. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Banana with brown sugar, oranges, leather, a shot of spices. Subtle hints of sherry and sulphur matching nicely with sweet apple aromas.
    • Taste
      Spices upfront. Pepper, cardamon and ginger. A touch of malt and apples. Sweet and oily. A young chap with quite a character.
    • Finish
      A warm honeyed finish with lots of spices. Fairly long with a touch of mint near the end. Violet and anise candy.

  111. Xstream scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, malt, toffee and honey. Tasty and sweet.

  112. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  113. Agrajag scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  114. MadScientist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  115. karloff scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    I loved the visit to this distillery and i loved this this whisky, one of the great speyside malts. Solid and endearing.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  116. karloff scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    A great malt and i bought this in costcutter in Dufftown.
    • Nose
      Sticky toffee pudding is what first comes to mind, golden syrup, cinder toffee and butter scotch. This has a very nice and distinctive nose to it.
    • Taste
      Medium to full bodied, for 46% this is smooth and sweet and perfect for this malt. Nice and fruity with citrus and mango. Lots of character in this speyside malt.
    • Finish
      A woody and nutty finish with a bit of spice on the death.

  117. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  118. 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.

  119. cfosterk scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Very retro presentation following relaunch. 46% and unchillfiltered.
    Astringent spirity and green at first contact. Bitter herbs on the nose. With time gets more barley sugar - ginger and pepper (white) with white citrus fruit rinds. bitter sourness predominates. its quite demanding. not sure i'd say its a intensely pleasant experience. clean. 
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      81 81

  120. Ciro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  121. Whiskydudes scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is not what you would expect from a Speyside malt.. But it's good stuff though!Nose is very fresh, green is a word that covers it, green appels and floral. A bit grainy and bitter. Good though. Got some Clynelish over it.
    Taste; what the nose promises comes in; some banana and vanilla come with a bourbonesk bitterness. 
    Finish; pretty short, but nice. Oaky and some oily notes come at the end.
    Comments; you might be dissapointed at first nosing as it might be not quite what you would expect. Give this one a second chance, it definetly deserves that!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  122. Cast Olila scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  123. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  124. irrerelevant scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    burns, just alcohol, with some water comes light pear, grassy, ​​hay, sweet, some honey, cereals, nice bitterness, light, but complex, you can deal with long, I would have classified in the Lowlands or even to single grains , great "Old School" painting

  125. Sybramsky scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      82 82

  126. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is complex, challenging and so interesting. It reminds me of Clynelish and Cragganmore. Did not recognize the smokiness at first but after having a glass of single cask pulteny prior to this one it became obvious. 

    (Rating interval 84-87) 
    • Nose
      This is what I call a malty nose, slightly mineral, mixed nuts, barley sugar, dust, mild oak and plenty with caramel, creme brûlée and sweet vanilla. Complex fruitiness in the background. Even really, really soft smokiness in the background (cragganmore style of smokiness).
    • Taste
      Vanilla pudding and mild oak with a peppery under tone. Wood spice and complex herbs peaks together with some flinty mineral notes. 
    • Finish
      The finish is initially sweet with some mild pepper, great balance between flavors and some bitter lemon ending up the zip finally.

  127. Georges scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  128. Georges scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity (apples, bananas), citrus, vanilla, herbs
    • Taste
      Malty sweet, oily, oaky, spicy, some bitterness
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry, oaky, liquorice, smoky

  129. WhiskyCask scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Sulfury and vegetal, the VFM on this expression is relatively low. My full review with an analysis of Craigellachie still shape and their influence on the whisky can be found here:
    http://maltandoak.com/bacardi-breaks-into-single-malt-market-with-the-craigellachie-13/

  130. yoavg did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A very pleasant & surprising entry level whisky from Bacardi. My full review is here: http://whiskygospel.com/2014/11/10/whisky-review-tasting-notes-craigellachie-13-year-old/

  131. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    A typical Bourbon barrel matured Speysider. Good, but nothing special.
    • Nose
      Gentle citrus notes, orange, lemon abrasion. Behind it Elstar apples and a touch of oak. Overall very easy. An artificial Fruchtgumminote can be seen.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity again. Orange and apple. Now more oak, drying up. Memory of sulfur. I would blindly not certify him 13 years.
    • Finish
      Mitellang and dry with licorice.

  132. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

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