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Craigellachie 17-year-old

Overall rating
84.55/100
votes
397
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 98-ZC21
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

€ 96.40

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397 × member ratings

804 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 17-year-old

75 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.55 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. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Like all Craigellachies, in my opinion, they need quite a bit of standing time in the glass and also 1-2 drops of water to fully develop. More interesting than the 13 year old bottling, but the 23 year old is worlds better.
    • Nose
      86 86
      From the aroma profile similar to Old Pulteney 17, but sweeter. Spicy honey, lemon sorbet, very appetizing, but also a strong alcohol note.
    • Taste
      87 87
      At first silky-soft, then something happens: the flow of saliva is stimulated enormously. Over time, mouthfeel, reminiscent of Clynelish - yeah!
    • Finish
      85 85
      A nice warm oak tingle with hints of pineapple, which slowly pulls over the tongue and traces a sunny trace of lemon oil and vanilla honey.

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.

  4. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  6. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Yes. It is a work painting. I have to work hard to get it analyzed. The boy needs attention and time and water. It is significantly more intense in its aromas than the 13y brother. But I also find him less drinkable. Maybe it's not his concern. It really gets better with water. And also over time.
    • Nose
      83 83
      While the 13-year-old was still in the light gold color range, the 17y is much darker in the rich rose gold. The legs slowly slide down oily.
      Wow! The first time I take a sniff, I get a note of sulfur in the nose! I didn't have that with the 13er. I have never felt so clearly. I give the malt more time in the glass.
      Slowly I get fruit and malt that are interwoven. With the fruit I'm not sure if I can get a mix of very ripe pears with some banana. In any case, the nose is full of aromas. It's hard for me to break them apart.
      With a few drops of water, the malt opens up noticeably more. The smell takes on more malty, grainier nuances.
    • Taste
      84 84
      I also have the sulfur in my mouth. But behind it a very clear spiciness. Strong start, slight tingling in the mouth. With water, it becomes more sweet and round in the mouth. Significantly better. And the sulfur disappears or I've already got used to it. The longer I have it in the glass, the better the nose!
    • Finish
      83 83
      Slightly bitter on the finish. Now a little oak and the seasoning stays in the mouth a little longer. Also with water it changes in the finish, the grainy wort becomes milder but the oak more and remains palpable for longer.

  7. mattheww scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  8. mattheww scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  9. volker40sw scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. EvilAFI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This on paper sounds amazing, sherry, peat, spice, fruit, oak. But... the sulphur is just too present, it turns this into a musty speyside vs bright and fresh. Not for me, yet still well done.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Musty sherry, slight sulphur, tart fruits, pear skin, vanilla custard, lime
    • Taste
      84 84
      Again sherry with slight sulphur, sour cherry mild peat, waxy, oak, pear, creamy
    • Finish
      85 85
      Oak spice, sweet fruit, peat heat

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