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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
23 years old
American Oak Casks
Batch 67-KA23
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Sep 2014 12:05 pm by Erik Elixir

Average value

€ 384.64

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 23-year-old

92 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.96 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      The 23-year-old Craigellachie reveals his multi-faceted and interesting profile immediately after pouring. I give the malt enough time to breathe. The floral hints immediately remind me of flowering shrubs (lilac & roses) in my parents' garden. The sweet and light notes are additionally supported by light fruits, which discreetly drift off into the tropical spectrum. I register pears, grapefruit, juicy oranges, sugared pineapple and green apples. On the other hand, voluminous and powerful aromas dominate: dark forest honey, wax, milk chocolate, hints of biscuits with vanilla sugar, delicate red fruits (raspberries and blueberries), pipe tobacco, hints of leather and spicy oak wood. The nose looks wonderfully ripe and elegant, I almost dare to say that the confused flavors have something altogether timeless about them. I like it very well right from the start!
    • Taste
      With a very oily texture the craigellachie wets the entire oral cavity. A wonderful sweetness runs down the cheeks, while on the tip of the tongue a noticeable Pfeffrigkeit sets in and causes a pleasant tingling. After the sweet and peppery onset, more aromas gradually unfold: light fruits, such as sour apples, lemons and pears, a gentle hint of menthol, wax, dark forest honey, strong pipe tobacco, nuts, milk chocolate, some nougat, nutmeg, musty leather and noticeably spicy oak notes complete the aromatic variety. The palate already produces a slight dryness. Craigellachie also plays out its trumps in terms of taste: just under a quarter of a century of maturation time, the malt offers a great deal of elegance. The alcohol (46%) is perfectly integrated.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and sweet and spicy. At the beginning of the finish, a slight pepperiness flashes for the last time before the sweet fruits (now overripe) in combination with mint, wax and dark forest honey pick up again neatly. Spicy oak notes, marzipan and dark chocolate let the malt finish prudently. On the palate remains a slight, but always pleasant, dryness.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2019] Some members scored this 100 points so in their opinion no other malt can be better than this - what a bold statement! I for myself will never rate a dram a 100 points (except the last drop in my life) because always there is an option to find something even better than the best...

    ...and this is a great malt, no doubt (by the way, I taste the first batch from 2014). It offers a bold and flawless old Highland profile with a great complexity and perfect balance. No flaw or off-note, this is just delicious. But is this (close to) 100 points? Never ever, but 91 points is a great score for a 23-years old Craigellachie - no doubt. If only the price were more reasonable I would buy a bottle - but there are too many releases of a comparable profile and quality out there (for just half the bucks)...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers an impressive old Highland style profile of a great complexity. There are fruits (grapefruit, limes), herbs, tea, honeys, waxes and a hint of cinnamon. Later some nuts (almonds) and earthy aromas join in without any off-note at all. This is both enjoyable and interesting to explore - let it breathe for some minutes to catch all impressions. The wood is firm but never enters the spotlight. A fine old-style nose, I like it!
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is nicely layered on all the flavours which appeared in the nose already plus a delicious mocha impression that grows stronger from the middle of the taste onwards. This dram is greatly chewable and I strongly advice to do so - the spices grow stronger this way and pep up the taste further. Water releases even more aromas in the nose (among them limoncello) and turns the taste more quaffable but the tasty mocha impression is much weaker now. I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating without distracting moments. The finish is long and vanishes slowly in different fading waves, oh how I love that! It offers more waxy-earthy impressions that strengthen the old style character and improve the mouthfeel. No bitter or drying moments until the very end - this was a perfect casks selection (congrats to whoever did this).

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    magical flower scent on the nose - enchanting - on the palate it reminds me of ripe Clynelish - very tasty - the nose contains components in a quality that I usually only find in more expensive Ü30ern.
    • Nose
      wonderful soft delicate elegant complex nose: freshly sawn wood, some resin, wax, sweet, a hint of citrus, very oily, voluminous but deep in the glass - not filling the room - always elegant, green tea, jasmine flowers, orange blossom, roses and lilac flowers , Mint, away and confused tropical fruits
    • Taste
      spicy, ginger, pepper, menthol, wax, fresh spicy oak, slightly sweet, very creamy, nougat, chocolate
    • Finish
      cooling fresh minty wax, pepper, tingling on the tongue

  4. LDB scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Entirely complex, this malt tells me loads of interesting stories every time I sit back and listen to the flavours talking. Wonderful.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Thyme blossoms and garden herbs, a slightly metallic note (think old brass), beeswax, suede, freshly-made bouillon.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fruity, sappy pine wood, a fragrant oiliness, honey, a dash of ground black pepper on dried Galloway beef.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Herbs, old wood, slighty dusty attic, oiled leather.

  5. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Strange. I did not have that. The wild garlic-broth-sulfur-sour-spicy-sweet-melange actually has something to discover there is a lot in it. Above all, the wild garlic note baffled me. - For me no purchase candidate, but a nice "tester".
    • Nose
      Sea air, outdoor pool, sweet orange flowers, lots of pineapple, very ripe, pear and apple, also very ripe, almonds - under more hand warmth then wild garlic, blast sulfur, wax, fresh peppermint, hops, a touch shoe polish / polish, leather
    • Taste
      Lemon, pepper, lovage, sour-spicy-sweetish, chamomile, maggi, meat broth (?), Nasturtium blossoms, mint, again a hint of wild garlic, orange chocolate, slightly smoky, nutty, creamy, clove, isolated sweetness (sweetener?), Clover blossoms, a bit of lavender honey - refreshing sip: the pineapple comes back, dark chocolate, ginger, again the soup herbs, a little bit of lemon and grapefruit, again some blast-sulfur, stimulating the saliva - a chewing malt
    • Finish
      medium long, sour, vegetable broth, chicken stock, chervil and parsley, a little coconut, after the second sip then overripe fruit sweets and again the orange blossoms ...

  6. rottendon scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Certainly a very good whisky, but unfortunately nothing really special, so the price here in my view in no relation to the quality offered. Even if he unfortunately does not meet my taste so exactly, I can not deny him his quality, especially in the departure.
    • Nose
      First, intense pear and a little vanilla. Then fermented notes outweigh darker fruits. Then warms up some sulfur, malt and garlic, as well as very light touches of soap. But also strong notes of vanilla and candied fruits.
    • Taste
      First lighter, then sweet-peppery start with honey, nuts, and unfortunately again some soap. Also some sweetener is included. Significantly strong notes develop.
    • Finish
      His full complexity he develops only in the finish. Notes of marzipan and herbs, again malt and now finally shows the oak, very restrained, however. Approaches of bouillon and some honey come up, until at the end a slightly tart nuttiness remains for a long time.

  7. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      ripe pineapple, flower meadow, lilac, pear juice, oranges, sawdust, thyme, lemon, vanilla, menthol
    • Taste
      Creamy, buttery, wax, forest honey, toffee, ginger, pineapple juice, mint, nut chocolate, grapefruit
    • Finish
      The creamy, waxy mouthfeel remains slightly dry with ginger, honey and almonds

  8. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    n: hurray!!! i have been searching for a clynelish with exactly that specific profile.
        a good coastal touch, although the smoke is missing here, but we have a lot of
        beeswax, honey, sea-air, salted butter, butterscotch, sweet apples and a touch
        pineapple. very much my style of whisky and i had sworn this was a clynelish
        (i don´t dare to say brora). and just as i am typing that i see there is also a cat
        to be seen on the back label of the bottle. hurray again:-)))
    t:  wonderful! oily to waxy, almost fat on the tongue, loads of beeswax again, honey
        too, pine sap,apples, pineapples, slightly salty. complex, mouthwatering,
        as serge sometimes says: very dangerous (well, at least for me)
    f:  long, fresh, slightly salty


  9. Moses scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    There are whiskys that leave the impression of "healing properties". He is one of them. All that he conjures up out of the glass is for many "next to the topic" or a "no-go" in the glass. For me just the opposite. There is tension in there, something special is happening. Here are the ingredients: pine resin, beeswax, menthol, nutty, smoky, spicy cinnamon, wood varnish, peppery, wild herbs, matches, tobacco, eucalyptus and mint. All in a glass of whisky. ... Yes, there it is, your grandma's old, dusty bottle of “medicine”. 7 drops given on sugar cubes. Reminder: e.g. "Klosterfrau Melissa Spirit" ... amazing. No matter how I will distribute the points. I have to give him at least 90.
    • Nose
      Yessa, the unicorn! Hence the nouns above in the table of contents. Here are just the impressions. Old and interwoven notes of medical drug bottles in the basement next to the oil stove and a large box of damp matches on a leather rag. The citrus notes are a long time coming and then bring out everything that is fun. It smells like this bottle has been lying in grandma's spice cabinet for 50 years. But still everything is clear and elegant. Always accompanied by a bouquet of flowers. A nose without corners and edges. You can still play a little with water. It is worth it ..
    • Taste
      It continues with the same ancient oak cabinet as on the nose. Please see for nouns above. Spicy oak determines this to happen. Everything in an oily, rich texture of the finest quality with a very sweet, lively tingling texture on the edge of the tongue. With the first sip, the thought arises that you have something very healthy in your mouth. The spices dance tango on the tongue and palate. You are immediately happy that you still have enough to refill. :)
      A big thank you to Andre!
    • Finish
      It ends medium to rather long. Again, the great sweetness is more in the background and yet everything is extremely pleasantly creamy, full and beneficial and always interwoven with fine coffee notes. It ends dry, nutty and slightly mineral. The empty glass smells like a well-matured Speysider. Respect to Craigellachie. A masterpiece.
      2 pieces of these unicorns stashed :)

  10. mr.dave scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Just had my very first sip of Craigellachie 23 (though I was nosing a lot yesterday - absolute brilliant old school nose, I must say).

    I will revise this review in a couple of days, but I start with it right away. This Whisky reminds me a bit of '73 Macduff (great compliment, indeed, but on the other hand it's not too close), but it has something prototypical that is lost in Whisky for quite some time (you could call it QUALITY), something, modern Whiskies fail to deliver - maybe the UMAMI of Whisky....

    Had I better Whiskies - yes. Is it rather pricey (even for nowadays standards)? Yes and no. It doesn't matter to me. The 91 points (rather pointless) are my way to at least try to be objective, here. But what does it mean anyway... This Whisky is absolutely unique.... at this time. So, I even understand those 100 points ratings. I could rate it even higher - as there is nothing to compare to it anymore anyway - as long as you aren't super-rich and be able to afford the good old stuff (ie. St. Magdalene - one of my all-time favorite distilleries, which literally no-one cared about until a couple of years, when the market produced the term of closed distilleries and the artificially made speculating began [following all the market rules of speculation| amongst others).

    So this is hope. A STANDARD bottling with flavors of real Whisky. I am glad - even for that price - that it exists... (almost lost) hope Whisky hasn't died yet completely.

    P.S. The body is a little bit on the thin side. Not too sure, whether a higher strength could help. But I really shouldn't complain about.

    P.P.S. Some reviews mentioned a sulfuric note. I am EXTREMELY sensitive in that regard (have given quite some bottles away, after opening them. Rotten eggs are not my cup of tea. So the rather very discreet notes that CONTAIN some sulfur aren't very present, here.


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