Craigellachie 17-year-old

Overall rating
84.72/100
votes
515
Whiskybase ID
WB58004
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
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 102.46

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Whisky reviews for Craigellachie 17-year-old

90 users have left 99 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.72 points.

  1. 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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  3. Francishomola scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      15/12/22 Neck Pour
      With a water : toffee,
    • Taste
      87 87
      85
      With a water 87
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long finish, Little buttery

  4. VEF206 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  5. JBKwb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. geriud scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  7. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. birkzehn scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. TimkoT scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Eigerle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    It requires work and a lot of time for analysis. Nothing easy and definitely not for the whisky beginner - very exciting. Really good start into a new “core range era” at Craigellachie. Full body with always new and interesting discoveries.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Lenart scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Aroma : Appricot, bryndza cheese, yellow raisins , vanilla
    Taste on arrival : intense on arrival, appricot-apple jam with rice.
    Taste in development: changes a little bit, more spice-salty-sulfury nuances adding on top of the fruit jam enriched porridge.
    Aftertaste : middle

    Body is an advantage of the malt, as always with Craigallechie.

  12. zzqfyl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  13. og187 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    FEAST IN TIME OF PLAGUE
    Copita glass
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Craigellachie 17yo 46%.

    Light amber.

    Aroma is green raisin, it's hard to think of anything else for the first few sniffs – it’s all green raisin for me. The vodka-like spirit shows up subtly. A hint of sawn oak runs off the back of the raisin note. If there are other fruits I can only describe them in terms of colour – ‘green’. If that makes me sound crazy, fine. So be it. There may be some chocolatey barrel char, but if so it’s overtaken. Later on there’s a gluey note and bread crusts.

    Taste is low impact on the palate, muddled flavours up front, sort of like fruit 'n' barley squash. On the swallow it becomes mostly biscuity, some salty rusk biscuits, maybe seeded unsweetened flapjack, faintest bitter chocolate.

    Very much not a complex dram ... but on the other hand the flavours come together well. Although it’s low impact up-front it does have enough punch and flavour at the abv.

    Pretty uninspiring but solid enough. If I owned a bottle, it would be one that would end up at the back of the cupboard and which I would keep putting off drinking while I drank the good stuff. And £100 is a fair old amount to spend for a bottle like that - especially when the bottles at the front of the cupboard cost half of that. 3.3/79

  15. Kraddell scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Pours a fairly light golden, clear. Scent is full, very bready. Intense , oak, some vanilla. Taste is very full, intense, vanilla, very bready. Intense funk, full on woody. Noticable alcohol. Lovely intense whisky. Not overly unique perhaps ( accept maybe in it's power) .

  16. DramALife scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    S 6
    Not sure about the vintage but it's 50/50 European & American oak. This is such a BBQ dram with a heavy & unique texture.

    N 25
    - Buttery but also waxy and somehow oily
    - Honey sweetness and raisins hiding behind

    P 27
    - Predominantly sherry, which is weirdly interesting (raisin and dried fruit)
    - Warm, smooth mouthfeel
    - Touch of smoke

    F 26
    - grain seeds bread
    - Smoked meat
    - Oak spice lingering

  17. raybanto scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Nose: Yellow fruits: pears, mandarines, yellow mulberries, some cooper for sure as its common in Craigellachie, grassy notes, lime, applemint, eukalyptus, plums, birchjuice, vanilla in the back.

    Palate: buttery, touch of fennel, coughhardcandy, very sweet licorice, red berries, woody apples, honeycombs with way, pears

    Finish: limonoil, bitter notes, hearty aftertaste, quite burnth actually. Something reminds me of some Grappas.

  18. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Apple, melon, raisins, honey, vanilla ice cream, barley and a little smoke.
    • Taste
      86 86
      it opens up creamy, very sweet with pineapple and shortbread. Then more smoke on the palate than the nose, with hints of clove and oak.
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium, waxy and smoky.

  19. Merl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Big pineapple, fig and melon notes. More rich fruits. Banana. Honey. Hint of sulphur in the form of burnt matchsticks, which for me is the good kind of sulphur note. Scottish shortbread. Baking spices. A tiny hint of peat. Waxy mouthfeel. The savoury Craigellachie character is also present. Complex, heavy and delicious.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  22. Malthead19 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    - also americ. Barrels BUT significantly more sherry and
    Fruit notes than at 13 yrs.
    - with originally about 60 € super price
    • Nose
      very distinct sweet sherry aromas, raisins, orange peel, oak
    • Taste
      mildly soft start, getting stronger, pure enjoyment, dark berries, slightly bitter, (spice), nutty (walnut)
    • Finish
      medium-long warming finish;
      long fruity aftertaste, becoming dry and stimulating saliva flow

  23. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/03/31/swc-members-grand-dram-6/

    SW ‘,.. Lagavulin and Craigellachie distilleries that evolved out of Mackie & Co.‘, both which strongly featured in the White Horse blend. SW [again] says [about Craigellachie] ‘The first thing you smell as you enter the distillery is the notes of cabbage and beef stock‘.

    N: Textural [bouncy spirit-sulphur] raisiny-sweet [white] wine profile with a pineapple-y melon sourness.

    T: A mildly-sour [pineapple] fruity punch, but add water, and it flourishes [relatively speaking]. Easy mouthful of straight-ahead American oak-matured barley juice – no more, no less.

    F: Barley-sulphury < sour, a little chalky and waxy-dry [yet grape-luscious], toffeed confectionary sweets,.. and let’s not forget the [sweet] cabbage and beef stock. Doesn’t hang around too long.

    C: SWC Carson reminds us to “give it a second chance”. Quite right. It sings far more with water, and time. Overall, however, this doesn’t fire for me as it did back in 2016 [88 points].

  24. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    We are getting there. A significant improvement from the 13, more maturity, balance and complexity. A very decent mal for around 75 EUR.

  25. L_Gillian scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Creamy, fresh fruit. Fresh oak spices, sour plums, fresh herbs and marzipan.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy oak and nutmeg, little sweet malt. Oily
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sherry fruitiness, bittering, chocolate.

  26. Foudos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  27. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  29. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  30. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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.

  31. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 83 points Expert 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.

  32. mattheww scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  33. mattheww scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  34. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  35. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  36. IIIZIII scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    2018.08.06
    • Nose
      80 80
      Very hard to pin down. Light bourbon type of smell profile with a hint of light sherry fruitiness. Intense, fresh, juicy fruits
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet nuttiness on the finish. Creamy, sweet fruits, a little milky. MUCH better than on the nose, which is quiet rare I have to say.
    • Finish
      82 82

  37. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  38. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  39. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  40. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

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

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

  44. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert 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.

  45. krupoder scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    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

  46. krupoder scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    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

  47. AgentMunky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  48. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A very good Speyside malt!

    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      87 87
      distinctly sweet sherry flavors, raisins, orange peel, oak;
    • Taste
      87 87
      mild, soft appearance getting stronger, pure sherry enjoyment, dark berries, slightly bitter, spicy, nutty (walnut), oily body;
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium length, warming; fading dry;

  49. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Summer Fruit Notes

    After the rather disappointing Craigellachie 13 Year Old, I now have a bottle of their 17 Year Old in front of me. This also matured on American, albeit 4 more years. Hopefully this has resulted in a more interesting whisky. The ABV is the same.

    Aha! That’s more like it. Fresh notes of gooseberries, green grapes, pineapple and juicy pears. Hint of banana and peach. Very summery. Some spices like liquorice, vanilla and some cinnamon. The oak rears its head, but in the background only. Nice nose!

    It’s all good on the palate. Summer fruit notes (pineapple and apples, but mostly citrus!) with a good spiciness in the guise of ginger, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg. Pineapple shines through, sprinkled with honey and a truckload of vanilla. It would not surprise me if a few virgin oak casks were used. I also get some nuttiness, but cannot quite pinpoint which ones. A very summery dram indeed.

    The finish is medium long, fresh and spicy. At the death, I get some lemon zestiness and more nuts. Macadamia? Almonds? Let’s call it a mix of both.

    Much better than his younger sibling, but also close to 100 EUR. But I prefer to drink a little of something good than a lot of something not so good.

  50. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Great fruity-sweet single malt. The 23J is a little better, but in terms of PLV the 17J is the better choice.
    • Nose
      86 86
      full; fruity and sweet; Citrus fruits; caramel
    • Taste
      86 86
      fruity-sweet and voluminous; juicy; subtle oak note
    • Finish
      85 85
      quite long; tart-fruity sweetness; spicy oak notes are increasingly coming to the fore

  51. MrYens scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  52. M134481 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A fresh whisky that needs to take its time until it reveals itself. This applies to both the smell and the taste. At the finish is actually only the first 10 seconds, because then the finish disappears quite quickly. Only a superficial orange flavor and citrus flavor lingers until about 2 minutes. I like this to taste, but no special whisky. I know how to buy other whiskys for that money. Yet I give this 84 points.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruit
      Cake
      Orange peels
      Citrus fruits
      Marzipan

      It takes a while before the smell reveals itself.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Fruit
      Citrus fruits
      Chocolate
      Cake

      Try to roll this whisky through the mouth for about 15 seconds. Then he reveals himself more.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Fruit
      Orange peels
      Citrus fruits
      Chocolate

      Up to 10 seconds the finish gets an 85,
      between 11 and 25 seconds an 84 and
      an 82 after 26 seconds.

  53. Woodsmoke scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It has this great fruitiness with that sweet wheat note
    • Nose
      Dark fruits with burnt wood
    • Taste
      A fruitiness of its own is at the forefront here, the sweet wheat plays more in the undertone, which is not difficult to locate. This makes it creamy and flavorful
    • Finish
      Dry, dark fruits and wheat. Very nice.

  54. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I think that's really good. The sharpness I do not find unpleasant. It even makes it interesting. But I do not think it must be a vial for the time being.
    • Nose
      Vanilla. Flower meadow. Candied lemons. Kaffir lime leaves. Also a reminder of carrot-apple salad with lemon juice. Wet wood. Walnut.
    • Taste
      First forest honey. Then tingle it. Black pepper. Chilli oil. Now malt. Something floral. Citrus fruits (rather lemon and grapefruit). Now comes the sharpness again. Ginger. And the oak is spreading.
    • Finish
      Sharpness holds something. Grapefruit. Cinchona bark. Nutty.

  55. stefan_PB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great drinkable whisky. Nice fruity and soft.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity, fresh fruit, orange stands out. Also, sweet pastry is noticeable.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Beautiful sweetness, apples can be tasted, slightly malty and slightly sour, pleasantly soft
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium long with a slightly sour note again, a hint of sharpness and oak

  56. Mark-E scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  57. Joe Karacho scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A passable whisky, any note bothers me, however, without that I could name it more accurately, nevertheless quite good drinkable
    • Nose
      Sweet Bourbon vanilla, yellow fruit, with a cool freshness that reminds me of ice candy, after some time in the glass malty cereal
    • Taste
      Oily, first sweet vanilla, then a bit snappy alcoholic, dry-oaky and slightly fruity, less sweet than in the nose
    • Finish
      Short and dry

  58. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Delicious. Compared to the 13 years old, nose and balance developed mainly.
    • Nose
      Floral. Yellow fruits, honey, vanilla and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy. Great spicy oak. Vanilla, apple and pear compote.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy, bittersweet.

  59. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  60. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity, citrus, Dreft lemon. Sweet too, vanilla, honey, caramel. Peach. Later also some spicy, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Soft but full, fruity. Citrus. Sweet, honey, caramel, vanilla.
    • Finish
      Light pepper now, Medium, fruity and sweet. Citrus, peach, honey, vanilla.

  61. BehindSpace scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  62. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  63. 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

  64. knopfler99 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    All in all, he is too expensive for me, I would not choose him again. Could I imagine that he likes some quite well.
    • Nose
      82 82
      In the nose I get a smell of almonds, raisins, marzipan, and tart herbs - straw rum. Behind it a few citrus flavors and now I smell a basket full of harvested apples that have been standing for 2-3 days. A nice smell but not for smells of half an hour or more, at some point it gets a bit monotonous.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Then the first sip - still the fruit notes are present, the raisins are still there. Then the fruity notes disappear, light smoke is discernible, superimposed by a neat sharpness. There are also very slightly musty tones such as damp moss or tones of an older barrel.
    • Finish
      79 79
      A bitter, bitter aftertaste remains. The fruits are barely noticeable to me and there is again the very subtle smoky note to find, almost like a slightly smoked bacon. But really very discreet

  65. OnkelBiff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  66. GIORGOS scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  67. charlymingus scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Full review on my blog :

    http://blogwwb.blogspot.fr/2017/04/craigelachie-17-23-ans-ob-46.html

  68. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2016]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85.  I
    took no detailed notes as this whisky did not interest me.

  69. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  70. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted blind Enthusiasm 3/5 Whisky n ° 1258
    • Nose
      Warm, round, it reminds me of a Clynelish. Afterwards, I had cooked apples, generously.
    • Taste
      Very Speyside and supple on the palate. Easy. Miss a little bit of punch for me.
    • Finish
      Very pleasant.

  71. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, well done but nothing crazy. He will drink without making a fuss.
    • Nose
      Very light nose on fruits (pear?), Vanilla and flowers, there is also wax.
    • Taste
      A mouth more acrid on the oak. There is always a sensation of very light fruit as well as wax. (Clynelish side)
    • Finish
      Short / medium on spices and wood.

  72. pelle86 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  73. Helgo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  74. Chengdoo scored this whisky 79 points Newbie

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  75. domani scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A balanced, easily accessible single malt - 21.01.2017
    • Nose
      Sweet, exotic fruits, gooseberry, nuts, pistachios, almonds, makes a soft impression
    • Taste
      Fruity-sweet, mild and soft, creamy, ginger, honey, sage, oak
    • Finish
      medium

  76. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  77. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    a pleasant afternoon dram, let it be the first of the day.
    87/100
    • Nose
      garden fruits,mostly pears, a little vanilla, hints of beeswax, weak oak, ginger. quite floral and grassy after a while.
    • Taste
      creamy to waxy mouthfeel, very fruity on apples and pears, vanilla.
      becoming rather spicy. mild honey and some bitte oak
    • Finish
      long, becoming much drier, still slightly waxy

  78. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      65 65

  79. Achany scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    pleasant nose, but the taste is not my style. too much spices, too fierce and tastes much younger than 17 y.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      79 79

  80. ApricotOne scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  81. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: Light nose, but add water and the distillate blossoms. This is the most gentle and beautiful maturation of spirit I’ve come across.
    T: So light, and yet theres a strength of presence here. It’s spirit based as the nose indicated with light fruits and candy sugar. With water its more talkative and robust. Not a million miles away from the Ghosted Ladyburn/Inverlen WB.
    F: Copper [from the still], dry malt with the distillate ever intact. Finishes on light ginger, lemon drops, guava,….. you get the picture.
    C: With the spirit still so intact after 17 years in oak, its right to assume a fair number of 2nd, possibly 3rd refill casks must have been used in this batch - but Inactive, not at all. This has delicate subtlety that shouldn’t be missed, but one that could easily be in the midst of the big, bold bruisers.

    Scores a B[+]

  82. skratte scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

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

  83. maltaholic scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Pure oak, slightly sweetish, again figs (as in 13-year-olds), grapes. Amazingly spicy for a 17 year old.

  84. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Sweet and spicy. Definitely related to the 13yo. More sherry & sulphur. Buttery. Cranberry jam with a dash of lemon.
    • Taste
      Sweet oak. Honey and rosemary. Malt, sulphur and ginger. Some lovely waxy notes.
    • Finish
      A warm malt drink with oranges

  85. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Some still discover smoke in the nose and on the palate.
    • Nose
      Refreshing with the scent of exotic fruits. Vanilla, a hint of spicy sal ammoniac lozenges.
    • Taste
      Strong start with spicy honey. Liquor notes and vanilla. Creamy and very pleasing. Oak.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet.

  86. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  87. Koloman scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Pluses for the really successful presentation!
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      85 85

  88. Koloman scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Apart from the surprising coffee note a whisky without corners and edges, but also without special features.
    • Nose
      With a little vanilla refined compote of fresh and cooked fruits, especially apple, but also kiwi; sweet in the foreground, a bit sourish behind.
    • Taste
      Sweet, but stronger than expected from the nose; the fruitiness recedes in favor of the vanilla; There is a barely noticeable smoky note above everything, but it becomes clearer over time.
    • Finish
      Coffee, strong, sweetened coffee! Woody and nutty notes; the increasingly aromatic smoke remains long and eventually alone.

  89. rottendon scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The 17-year-old is much more balanced and mature than the 13-year-old. He has the balance problems under control. Unfortunately, he is a bit overpriced, which means that he fails as every day dram. But more is not this unfortunately.
    • Nose
      Even the 17 year old starts with strong notes of apples, this time not angegoren and red. Here are again strong malt notes and some Zest. He is rounder than the 13 year old. Warmth opens it, sweet ripe fruits, caramel, marshmallows and oak come to light.
    • Taste
      Strong, peppery onset. Fairly sweet, honey with a pleasantly ripe fruitiness, a few herbs and clear oak tannins. Some menthol.
    • Finish
      The tannins fade, and again there is the nutty fruity note on the palate, which was so pleasantly remembered by the 13-year-old. Here's something sweeter, walnuts with honey. The finish is much longer. A medium to long finish of the very pleasant kind.

  90. Helgo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  91. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The Craigellachie distillery, located in the heart of Speyside, at the confluence of the Fiddich and Spey rivers, here we have no single mention here, it is time to fix it. It is no wonder, except for some occasional independent deliveries, the entire production of blends (mostly to Dewar's) has always been the first official fulfillment of this distillery (except for the contribution to the Flora and Fauna series) that saw the light in 2004 and it was 14 yo. A new line in beautiful retro design was introduced by the distillery at the end of 2014, it is a single malt at the age of 13, 17, 19 and 23 years, this year should be added to whiskys thirty-one. So I like to take advantage of the fact that three new performances appeared at the Whisky Festival and I chose to taste the middle age of them. The first meeting with whisky from Craigellachie fell to my satisfaction, I chose it as the opening shot of this year's whisky festival and I do not like the election anymore, great drink to start.
    • Nose
      Beautifully fruity, fresh, with sweetness of honey, apples, pineapple. Ripped, malt with vanilla. The smell is deep. (87 b)
    • Taste
      Outstandingly malt, rather dry, with light honey sweetness. Wood. Such a single malt classic. (84 b)

  92. Ciro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  93. Wolv scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  94. irrerelevant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Cereal, smoke in beginnings, a trace of sherry, dry, grainy, nice bitterness, fresh, tangy acid (pleasant), pulls me into the glass, mirabelle, woody, sourdough, hard pear, vanilla in the background, clear apple juice, hopped beer, dry , Yeast, very complex ... Something completely different, the 13er can be seen, great new range, a bit expensive

  95. webdiver scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  96. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a great dram to analyze and there is so much complexity and flavors going on. It reminds me of some very nice Bruichladdichs' with significant age. It's not easily approachable and requires time and mood reflected by the rather wide rating interval. But when the time is right it's exceptional.

    (Rating interval 85-89)   
    • Nose
      Complex fruitiness, apples and pears but also melon and artificial banana and rhubarb with caster sugar. There is also some mild wood spice, nutmeg and almond, wine-gums and some floral component to it.
    • Taste
      Creamy and bitter-sweet delivery with pear, rhubarb and bitter orange peaking at different times during the stay on the palate. There is also soft hints of icing sugar and vanilla, some very delicate smoke far back and is not easy to discover.
    • Finish
      Medium to long finish and starts with an immediate attack of freshly ground black pepper followed by vanilla, lemon juice and some sweet pepper notes, even grapefruit appears briefly.

  97. WhiskyCask scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    You can find my thoughts on the 17, which I think is the best of the quartet, here:
    http://maltandoak.com/craigellachie-17-the-hidden-gem-of-this-range/

  98. yoavg did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A very good whisky. My full review is here: http://whiskygospel.com/2014/11/11/whisky-review-craigellachie-17-year-old/

  99. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A mature, continued sequel to Craigellachie 13. Complemented with oak, chocolate and sweet. A typical Bourbon barrel Speysider. Delicious.
    • Nose
      Pleasantly fruity and intense. Orange, lime, apple. The alcohol is noticeable, cools the nose. From the back, the oak closes and gives the nose depth. In the background, similar to the 13er, a slightly sulfuric note and some fruit gum.
    • Taste
      Sweet and oily in the mouth, fruity with orange and apple, then with strong spicy oak notes, some tobacco and orange marmalade. Sweet remains. Not as dry as the 13er.
    • Finish
      Mitellang until long with bitter chocolate, orange syrup, memory of apple pie and tobacco.

  100. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

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