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Overall rating
84.45/100
votes
334
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
American Oak Casks
Casknumber
Batch 98 ZC-21
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L14295B700
Barcode
5000277004690
Added on
09 Sep 2014 12:04 pm by Erik Elixir
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 96,55

36 × in wishlist

334 × member ratings

673 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 17-year-old

62 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.45 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    fruity fresh in the nose, complex very varied wood notes - very independent in its price range - the nose I like best - there is a lot of movement in it
    • Nose
      Delicate creamy oak, grassy notes, rather reserved until warmed, it becomes luscious: almonds, marzipan, green bark, lime leaves, vanilla sweetness, sour plums, buttery-oily-rich lemon, apples, broth, eucalyptus
    • Taste
      spicy aromatic spicy oak, pepper, nutmeg, licorice, cinnamon, birch sap, creamy waxy astringent oak, only subtle sweetness, full-bodied unspecifically fruity acidity, lots of lemon with peel
    • Finish
      spicy, woody, citrus, roasted nuts, slightly bitter

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Really good, but I like the 13-year-old better, so go ahead and sue me.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Pear, and a lot of it. I'd say it's about 70% (tart) pear skin, and 30% (sweet) pear juice. Very creamy and buttery, with almond paste, some freshly grated coconut flakes, and a dash of good grappa - it's boozy in a good, unobtrusive way. Some wood spices and herbal notes come up last. Very nice, but also a bit soft (the strength, the strength...).
    • Taste
      84 84
      Strong attack, sweet and sour, then becoming more oak-driven and herbal toward the end. A peppery edge that the 13-year-old, curiously, didn't have. This one is punchier even though it's older. Go figure! I like that the sherried and bourbon-matured components mesh really well, with no side standing out or even dominating. The components are really well married together. Plum wine, cookie dough, eukalyptus cough drops.
    • Finish
      82 82
      A bit of heat, a bit of bitterness - the pear skins stage a return - and some sweet, sticky, syrupy sherry, which remained hidden on the palate. Not particularly fond of the latter as it adds a saccharine, aspartame-y feel. Loses a few points here.

  3. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    really tasty good bodied dram, i like it!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    fair puddle

    stronger and better than the 13y
    again a solid Malt, OK but I do not buy a bottle
    less astringent than the 13y
    for me an atypical Speysider
    Time matters, with a puddle hard to decide
    • Nose
      first behave, apple, sweet, slightly spicy, spicy, bitterness comes from the oak, slightly cheese, slightly caramel, vanilla comes
      later a slightly waxy note
    • Taste
      soft and full on the palate
      spicy, slightly dry, oak
      later something fresh and minty
    • Finish
      medium long
      Coffee easily and becomes more, becomes very spicy with time

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Honey sweetness, cooked apples, fruity, vanilla, round and sweet. Mouth: tart oak, tingling, slightly fruity.
    Finish: bitter-sweet, with oak. Relatively short. Conclusion: The 13er was more exciting. This one is softer, rounder, but very unspectacular. Especially the short finish disappointed.

  6. Mr. D. scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Wow, he has something. Somehow different. I love it. Delicious!
    • Nose
      Fruit. Sweet, but more muted. Rather oranges as tangerines, maybe even blood orange. Maybe pineapple, banana .. but then ripe and sweet. Biscuit. Malt. Reminds after a while and the first two slaps somehow to Jaffa Cakes.
    • Taste
      Very soft and creamy, it almost creeps over the tongue. Great. Sweet malt that then turns into caramel with the beautiful fruit tone that resonates throughout.
    • Finish
      When swallowing chocolate flashes and then comes again full of orange. Followed by light spiciness.

  8. krupoder scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Nose: very spring, light, plum, sour cherry.
    Mouth: watery, bread, yeast, spices, nuts without specifics, a slight bitterness of grass or algae. An empty glass is leather.
    Aftertaste: long, spices with bitterness.
    PS Perhaps the sample was exhausted, as the whisky seemed rather stingy.
    Total 81

  9. krupoder scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Nose: very spring, light, plum, sour cherry.
    Mouth: watery, bread, yeast, spices, nuts without specifics, a slight bitterness of grass or algae.
    Aftertaste: long, spices with bitterness.
    PS Perhaps the sample was exhausted, as the whisky seemed rather stingy on the nose and taste.
    Total 81

  10. AgentMunky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      9//8.5

      Incredibly rich and interesting. Baking spice, light heat or reek, sherried richness, overripe fruit.
    • Taste
      80 80
      8//8

      Woody, structured, classic malt. Illusions of sherry come through hot.
    • Finish
      85 85
      8.5//8.5

      Caramel finish with lingering spice and a moreish dryness.

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