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Craigellachie 23-year-old

Overall rating
88.95/100
votes
563
Whiskybase ID
WB58005
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
American Oak Casks
Casknumber
Batch 67-KA23
Number of bottles
1200
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L15232B702
Barcode
5000277004737
Added on
09 sep 2014 12:05 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 431.30

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 23-year-old

101 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.95 points

  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  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. 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" ... fabulous. No matter how I will distribute the points. I have to give him at least 90.
    • Nose
      Yessa, the unicorn! Hence the nouns at the top of 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. He 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. For main words, please see above. Spicy oak determines this to happen. Everything in an oily, rich and very sweet, lively tingling texture at 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. Immediately you are glad that you still have enough to refill. :)
      A big thank you to André from Whisky Evening!
    • 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 of them in bunker :)

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

    92/100

  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.

  11. DocF scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The sulphurous-sourish note runs from the nose to the finish - I like that -, intense, but I still do not value the price
    • Nose
      Behavior, takes a few minutes in the glass, then metallic (old keychain), musty haystacks, elderflower, subtle notes of sulfur (immature plum), peach from the tin, a subtle hint of vanilla
    • Taste
      Heavy, soft, white pepper, again a sulphurous note, unripe plum, redcurrant, subtle vanilla, elderflower, freshly sawn wood, tree sap
    • Finish
      Milk coffee, canned peach, long, fruity-dry

  12. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It is so different from the 13 and 17 yo. Truly amazing, needs time like the 13 and 17 yo (a lot of other complex malts) There is a nutiness reminding me of Clynelish and a fruitiness reminding me of Glenfiddich. 

    (Rating interval 88-91)
    • Nose
      The first nose that hits me is something plastic, beneath it I find a complex fruitiness and nuts,dried apple slices, oranges and peaches meet roasted hazelnuts, nutmeg and almonds. Aromatic oak and mixed spices, mostly different kind of pepper corns (black, green and white) and plenty with mineral.
    • Taste
      It starts mild and careful on the palate but quickly moves towards a malty, spicy, sour and powerful delivery, spicy walnuts, soft pepper, lemon grass and melissa. 
    • Finish
      A lot flavors coming through on the finish, and peaks with apricots and apples and then soft pepper and nuts and then complex herbs and plastic.

  14. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Too bad this OB is so ridiculously expensive. Why oh why? I would love to have a full bottle of this but the very high price and lack of availability prevents me from buying one. Why this OB is much cheaper in Germany than in other countries really beats me. This excellent whisky should be priced 140-150€ everywhere. Right now, it’s an OB that’s being advertised as an expensive limited edition. It simply prices itself out of the market?!?
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. craide scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow, bam ... that's an announcement. With the best I've ever had. Gorgeous fresh spring whisky. Nose is well balanced and complex. On the palate, he does not let up. Departure for me a bit short, but is to get over. Big cinema!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Great soft complex nose: sweetish, some lemon zest, oily, floral notes like roses and lilac with some mint, then tropical fruits like pineapple, oranges, vanilla, possibly a fine hint of sulfur. The combination fits perfectly. Lovely spring fragrance.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Strong and spicy on the go, ginger, white pepper again a light mint, has a slightly cooling effect. Add to that a light sweetness with citrus and chocolate and honey. Behind it discreetly the pineapple, orange grapefruit
    • Finish
      90 90
      Rather short to medium, still this beautiful cool, fresh, slightly tingling on the tongue. In addition a nice spice. A slightly creamy mouthfeel stays behind which fades away chocolate-like.

  16. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice nose with a lot to discover. This malt wants to be discovered and not simply drunk in between. Delicious part. Nevertheless, for me currently priced about 160 € too high.
    • Nose
      Fresh, mild, yet multi-layered, floral with herbs, vanilla, subtle citrus notes, fresh green apple, pear
    • Taste
      Spicy, slightly peppery, sweetness of honey and tropical fruits, pear, vanilla, cocoa, malt
    • Finish
      Good medium long, nice warming, wax, cocoa to the end, barely feeling bitterness

  17. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Whisky n ° 1259 Enthusiasm 4/5 Tasted blind
    • Nose
      Ultra greedy, round, frangipane pie / almonds. It reminds me of the 3 years Deluxe of Compass Box. Great !
    • Taste
      Coherent with the nose: very baker. Small spicy / citric note at the end of the mouth that puts a beautiful relief.

  18. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Better than 17 years old but like the Clynelish, I can not ...
    • Nose
      Candied fruit, sugar syrup with malty notes.
    • Taste
      A more woody and spicy mouth with hints of wax and lemon.
    • Finish
      Average length on spices and woody (I also felt a strange smell ... artichoke?!?!?)

  19. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Damn, I'm impressed. Half part sexy, half part dirty. I've very rarely found such complexity in an OB offering, as a side note.
    • Nose
      Like some grand Clynelish but masculine, greasy, dirty, austere. Big fat wax of course but also clay, gunpowder, ink, limestone, sesame oil. But some wonderful fruity notes are here to offset it ! Young mangos, dry cider, pomelo ... Damn, simply excellent. Complex, goes in every direction. Very enjoyable.
    • Taste
      The whole profile is similar but more melted, less sharp. Pears, vanilla custard, buttery wax, but some original touches keep it balanced and complex, like incense and dried flowers. Perfect texture to boot.
    • Finish
      Ultra clean and precise on just a few ultra-focused lactic notes : yoghurt, mascarpone ? Unexpected turn but I adore it nonethelles.

  20. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Certainly the most mature and roundest representative of the new Craigellachie OA. Deep and complex, balanced in the nose and mouth. A pleasant dram.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly floral. Flower shop, mother earth, fresh herbs. Citrus fruits, apples, caramel and vanilla sauce behind. The barrel hovers subtly above all with soft oak. Overall fruity and floral, but not too sweet. Again, the typical Craigellachie slight sulfur note in the background.
    • Taste
      Strong and peppery on the go. Behind it sweet with citrus fruits and flower meadow. Chocolate and tobacco, the barrel drains forward.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet with milk chocolate, orange peel and again floral notes. Drying.

  21. hyc scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell ----------------------90
    Flavor--------------------91
    End rhyme--------------------91

  22. Kraddell scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Pours clear, light pale golden. Scent is very full, intense paint thinner. Funky. Wood. Mild vanilla. Taste is full, sharp, intense vanilla. Wood, alcohol sits a bit on top. Bit paint thinner. lovely, but not at all better than the younger versions, which I might even prefer over this. Bit pine almost, harsh, lacks the finesse in younger versions. Still great though, just not worth it's high value, and doesn't meet my hopes and expectations.

  23. Gusto scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice fruit. A bit tame.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. stalker1971 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  25. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I liked
    Typical Bourbon cask maturation for me on the nose and palate
    it is challenging, but if you get involved with the malt you can enjoy it well
    • Nose
      Pear becomes more, vanilla !!, green and grassy notes become more, slightly hairy notes, nutty notes increase, light cinnamon, sweetness increases, banana, medium-old malt, slightly spicy late, slightly coconut late
    • Taste
      full, strong, creamy
      Vanilla, caramel, light fruits (pear, apricot), exotic fruits are coming, oak, spicy increases, sweetness, medium-old malt, shortbread biscuits (Danishcookies)
    • Finish
      long
      Vanilla, sweetness, dark malt, slightly dark caramel, slightly oak, spicy, later tart

  26. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      pleasant and aromatic, slightly fruity and spicy, citrus fruits / orange, apples, fruit salad, confectionery, some beeswax and honey, spices / baking spices, oak. With a little time it gains aromas in the glass and continues to develop.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The impressions gained before are incorporated here. Slightly sweetish and pleasantly fruity-spicy, orange, spices, a little herbaceous, wood / oak notes, a little barrel and a hint of chocolate, idea perfumed, even some coffee, sweetish-tart. Delicious!
    • Finish
      90 90
      At first a little fruity with oranges, then delicate tart oak notes and some chocolate, spices, idea nutty. After a while, a slightly sweet and malty note remains.

  27. Foamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    nice fruity old school profile.
    very nice nose
    some good exotic fruits, wood influence, a bit pineapple, white raisins, spicy but not too hot
    certainly not bad ... but I had soap at a certain point. Certainly in taste and in the beginning of aftertaste.
    it's just on the verge of a off note for me
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Almost Clynelish traits; Apple, grape, honey, wax, long finish (which then also shows the wood)
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  29. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Blackcurrant buds, honey, walnut, pear, apple. Earth from the rim bottom of the glass. Prune, orange zest, vanilla, oak, pineapple. Sfter breathing, brine, like salty 7-up
      sniffing from 1cm, metal, some call it sulfur. Finally lemon. Hay and pomelo zest from emptied glass.
    • Taste
      89 89
      So mellow and creamy, citrus, honey, apple with mild pepper spiciness at the tip of tongue. Sour and sweet. Oily and rich, more oily and richer. Jam comes out with lower sweetness and sourness. Nutty, tea, oaky.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Creamy, butter, white chocolate, quick pepper around my mouth, nutty, maillard effect, roasted wood, special high-end white tea, honey, vanilla, tiny bit of coconut, very nice and elegant, feel so comfortable, no bitterness.

  30. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    So fresh and vibrant for a 23 year! Flowery and vibrant, sweet vanillas and oak, gentle spices, and a grassiness.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Wow, green and floral, sweet, light oak, honey, orient spices, light peat?
    • Taste
      91 91
      Honeyed oak and malt, clean, refreshing and yet mouth coating, vanilla and flowery,
    • Finish
      90 90
      Vanillas, and now a light sour oak, spices and brown sugar note

  31. MLE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Dramtastisch scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    All in all, a well-balanced and balanced malt. Which one is not overwhelmed despite the old age and with the 46% vol. has exactly the right alcohol strength.

    The only downside is the price.
    • Nose
      89 89
      First a very sweet nose, vanilla, honey and pear, white fermented grapes. The sweetness is replaced by somewhat heavy and spicy notes. Now cinnamon, lemons and a touch of pepper appear.
    • Taste
      88 88
      After a brief flash of sweetness (creamy honey-vanilla mixture), there is an immediate interplay between spice, light fruits and pleasant acidity. Green apples and unripe pears merge with cinnamon and nutmeg, with kiwis and lemons in the background.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg extends into the finish. These are then replaced by lemon and grapefruit. A medium-long dry mouthfeel remains, which ends with honey. Somewhat reminiscent of honey throat candies.

  33. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very dependant on its place in a tasting between 88 - 90 p.
    Needs time and even some water helps open it up. Delicate but powerful enough, quite complex and great Highland herbal notes + spicyness. Pricing on this one is silly, for me it's alright up to 160 EUR, but 200-300+ ? Come on, folks... lol

  34. Danlow scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The whisky cannot be surpassed in oiliness and specialty! For me, no other whisky has a similar aroma of lubricating oil, copper and workshop. I love that smell and taste.
    I also have to say that it is actually worth almost € 250 to me personally, which is currently being called for him. If you can dust it off somewhere again for around € 200, I would even give it 92 points considering the PLV. You can tell folks, that whisky really took my shoes off, I love it!
    I had re-ordered it from Banneke during the days, then a reimport from the States with 750ml was delivered, which pleased me all the more!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  35. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Flavors to kneel down. Pleasant structure. Slightly immobile on the nose and a little thin on the palate.
    • Nose
      Lots of beeswax, with honey mixed with caramel and vanilla behind it, the oak wood gains in strength and flavor, blanched almonds, plenty of pickled green peppercorns, apple and some mango, a potpourri of hop cones and sesame as well as tobacco and hay, lime slices candied with plenty of sugar and pineapple , Mint
    • Taste
      velvety, hay and malt, aromatic oak with cloves and many fine spices, again green peppercorns, beeswax and thick vanilla, gunpowder, apricots and apples, blanched almonds, slightly oily and salty, tobacco and leather, nougat and cocoa, a little grapefruit and sweetener as well as lavender
    • Finish
      oily, slightly salty beeswax, malt and sweetener, hay and clover, cocoa, drying out with velvety oak, ground pepper and clove, leather, walnut and traces of coconut, apple

  36. kot1803 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  37. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Grapefruit, musty, passion fruit, gooseberry, also a lot of green, unripe fruit, old wood, hay, a little mango
    • Taste
      Honey, wax, grain, peach, apricot, dried apricot, coffee beans, some wood, a little pepper

  38. jkswift scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  39. ThorstenH scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It took me a while to get used to the nose. Dry and a little sour, I remember that.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  40. GadflyDrinker scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  41. Mapl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  42. Stef89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The Craigellachie is pretty complicated I think. It's ripe and fat but somehow it has a straight line that it doesn't deviate from. It offers the same in the nose as in the mouth without being boring. Somehow I can't really grasp it, so no excessive notes.

    I have a hard time with points. The nose is best, I don't like the finish the least.

    I recognize a great quality but it doesn't quite meet my taste. Therefore reserved 88/100

    Strangely, I am quite far apart from writing notes that I know, although their tastes are often similar to mine.

    No matter. Nice that I had it in the glass.
    • Nose
      90 90
      There is a tinge of alcohol in the glass. Gets better thin and turns into menthol and mint.

      Underneath then very floral and flowery. Then come yellow fruits. But rather pear and honeydew melon. Honey is there too. Slight hints of freshly cut wood.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Yes, I don't really know. More on the sweet side. Honey, not the white one, but more a blossom honey than a forest honey, clearly barley malt.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Very slightly bitter, sweetish, the wood comes through, slightly astringent.

  43. SeWuWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: rich straw yellow
    Nose: Very complex and multi-layered, sweetish, raisins, herbs, hay, light cloves, oranges, hint of tobacco
    Mouthfeel: Very dry, relatively mild, warming, heavy on the tongue
    Taste: Slightly sweet, cloves & oak, spicy, dark chocolate, coffee, peppery, hint of tobacco. You can see the barrel very clearly
    Finish: Spice and pepperiness alternate with a light malty sweetness and cloves. Very long and with a nice interplay.

  44. TsiAI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when tasting: 25℃

    Eyes: Amber Smell Nose: Smell full and rich, very slight sulfur smell, a little rubber gloves. Plump yellow fleshy fruits, mango, papaya and orange gummies. The sour taste of fruit vinegar, latte brown rice dew, the end has a wheat fragrance. Unlike in 13 years, the turbid coal gangue and engine oil smell are almost invisible, and only pineapple syrup and fruit hard candies are left.
    Taste Palate: It turns out that coal and motor oil have never left. The main line is tropical fruit and orange fruit, mango, custard apple, pineapple and loquat. Then a bit of durian brings out sulfur soap, matches, coal, and a bit of rubber and chemical reagents in the middle and back. There are also some fragrant flowers (gardenia, jasmine), a bit of dried floral spice and woody notes.
    Final rhyme Finish: long, nut shell, banana, longan shell, soil, cinder and some fructose. The knot is slightly tightened and astringent.
    Body: Medium to heavy, extremely oily, solid body, a little irritating

    Nose: 89/100
    Palate: 91/100
    Finish: 91/100
    Body: 91/100
    Overall: 90.5/100, the flavor is full and strong, the personality of the winery is still intact, it is difficult to feel the traces of the barrel. As expected of Klei Gah, meaty, plate it.

  45. Igitor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  46. Mik scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  47. Toto0808 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Most notably!
    The droplet is highly recommended

  48. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Much prefer this version over others in the current branding. Don't find the bitterness as I do in the other bottlings on the finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  49. Toto0808 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Balanced Craigellachia, hardly any sulfur
    But price / performance well !?

  50. gaboruso scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  51. Dominique69 scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  52. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      60 60

  53. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  54. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  55. claymore84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  56. amasty scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Intense, fresh fruit, vegetative, a bit like Springbank or Clynelish on the nose, long on the tongue.

  57. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  58. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  59. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  60. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      fresh, floral, fruity notes (apple, quince, honeydew melon) enveloped by sweet cereal flavors (shortbread)
    • Taste
      beery
    • Finish
      surprisingly great, a strong, fruity sweetness of red berries and vanilla and a pleasantly integrated sulfur taste
      marzipan

  61. bigotry7070 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    really like this one.

  62. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22,5)
    The aroma is multi-layered, bright, juicy .. the taste is a little behind but also good. Cool whisky (91)
    • Nose
      The aroma of the bomb, flowers and exotic fruits filled with liquid marmalade ... chocolate, spicy dried bananas, all this in citrus-cut, grass and pastries with a waxy coating. Chic aroma of effervescent vitamins with grapefruit. Feelings for 30+ years (23.5)
    • Taste
      Fruit, buttery, waxy ... chocolate and spices (22.5)
    • Finish
      Citrus finish, chocolate, wood, menthol toothpaste (22.5)

  63. bluetiger99 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

  64. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    this is a board. So far I have had only an old closed Speysider of some closed distilleries. A really great part.
    • Nose
      Wow, that's different. My first thought was: really old fashioned. There is wood, then dusty old cellar with oil stove. After some time, the bright fruits come to light, it is sweeter, vanilla, tobacco, various spices. Very complex. Great.
    • Taste
      strong, the oak is clear. Still that old, slightly dusty aroma in the mouth. However, the whisky is also very lively, sparkling. The oak and spices take the floor.
    • Finish
      Oak, spices, nuts, dry from the oak, no real noticeable sweetness, mineral.

  65. Fassstärke scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Wow, I'm impressed! A rather unusual, but highly interesting profile. No 08/15 whisky, that will not please everyone. For me, but amazing and extraordinary.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Very unusual nose. The flavors are subtle and subtle. The palette is enormously diversified. Miles away from a dark sherry whisky. Slight sulfur note, wildflower meadow, elderflower, mint, pineapple, old swimming pool, matcha tea, watercress, wax, wet leather. After some always flowery.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, silky soft, pears, sweet lemon, mint, wax.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Warming long, fresh mint, chilling.

  66. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not had this for a while and after careful consideration my score has dropped to 82 points, flavour profile is not suited to me.

  67. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This baby smells like a fruit bomb, just love it!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  68. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great fruity-sweet single malt. Rich in complex flavors and tastes. Only the slightly high price with about 200 € clouds the overall picture.
    • Nose
      88 88
      light, fruity-sweet, fresh fruit, citrus, floral notes, grass, moss, herbs
    • Taste
      89 89
      strong, tingling spiciness / tartness on the tongue, fruity-sweet, pear, herbal notes
    • Finish
      88 88
      long and complex finish, pleasantly tart spicy with oak and malt

  69. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  70. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It's still a lot better than the 17. It just looks more mature and it is. In addition, it bears a resemblance to Clynelish. A really tasty malt with character.
    • Nose
      It's much more flattering than the 17. Marzipan. Lots of wax. Caramel. Orange blossom honey. Coniferous forest. Lemon balm. Here, too, floral echoes. Some oak.
    • Taste
      At first relatively creamy. Wax. Ripe yellow apple. But then much spicier than on the nose. Again this sharpness as with the 17. Wasabi. Chilli. But the sharpness fades away again. Well rose water. Almond Tonka Cream. Cinnamon. Trail mix.
    • Finish
      Lemon effervescent sticks. Wax. Cold coffee with milk.

  71. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  72. domani scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very harmonious and very clear front, in the taste soft and mild but here I would have hoped for a little more complexity and, among other things, the fruit flavors found in the nose were hinted. Certainly not bad, but he did not pick me up properly - 14.04.2014
    • Nose
      The nose is very inviting, the whisky seems instantly ripe and set, very fruity, good and long-ripened apples, cider, applesauce, pear, compote, grassy, hayloft, intense malt sweetness, cereals, dry wood, mint, pistachio. But he also supplies some chemical, a mild-scented detergent, rubber, wax, glimmered candle, perfumed soap
    • Taste
      Very fresh, mild, soft, sweet, creamy, white chocolate, cappuccino, vanilla, herbal aromas, nutmeg, mint, white pepper, fresh wood, grassy, floral, citrus aromas, orange, lather, hazelnut, delicate honey note, at the end it becomes velvety tart
    • Finish
      medium

  73. BehindSpace scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  74. Achany scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    the nose was a beautiful promise. sweet marzipan, spices from the oak, grassy and fine malt. the first sip was strange. an intense wave of oak overwhelmed nearly everything and it took a while until there was more. the marzipan is still there, wood and glue, grassy, dry malt as well. there are traces of citron and sweet bourbon. the finish is all right and astonishingly long. this is a really interesting dram. surprisingly well liked
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  75. mr_braun scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Crisp price, but there is a lot to offer.
    • Nose
      Overripe fruits (pears, pineapple), intense, complex aroma. waxy, fruity. Fresh mint also noticeable.
    • Taste
      very oily and creamy first. Exotic fruit compote. Then first the oak flavor and slight dryness.
    • Finish
      Longer than the younger offshoot, hardly bitterness, very pleasant!

  76. mr_braun scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  77. spigray scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  78. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  79. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very well balanced  sweet / sour / spicy ratios similar to Clynelish style.
    • Nose
      Clean and elegant. Citruses, honey, waxy apple, mango, pineapple and toffee.
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy and spicy. Tobacco, vanilla, waxy fruits, dark chocolate, raisin and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, creamy as a joghurt.

  80. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  81. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: Freshness, ozone and strong - probably 46%. Vibrant, rich - oh yes its rich. Honest, natural, [not rough] yet ready Springbank type of dram
    T: Needs a little water but two drops flatten it [well, not quite]. A grey maltiness, with some pot still [Irish] character - balanced with sour, spicy-sweet, lemon Spey notes. 
    F: Sour-ish dark cereal mash.
    C: It's good, very good. Get involved - buy a bottle.

    Scores a B[+]

  82. Mr.Brocante scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  83. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I think this has been open about 10 months now. Quite a potent palate but the bitterness stops the chewy mouthfeel developing on the palate.

    This is one of those drams that promises more than it delivers.

    I have kept the price and presentation marks the same but everything else is lower, I think I was swayed by the hype when I first tasted it.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  84. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh. A trace of chlorine. Liquid wax. Some wood varnish. Then fruity and sweeter with light grapes and orange soda. Some eucalyptus and mint.
    • Taste
      Malty with peppery pungency. Then some wax, yellow apples and garden herbs. Medium long and dry.

  85. squaadgras scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  86. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This malt offers sweetness paired with smoky aromas; Vanilla and spicy cinnamon notes and a fresh hint of menthol. Significantly more complex and richer than the 13s and 17s, with slight reminiscences of the excellent Rosebank bottlings. Notes of the distillery

  87. maltaholic scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    In terms of color, the 13-, 17- and 23-year-olds do not differ much, only nuances separate the three. But the differences start with the smell already: I ​​smell grapes, Jamaica rum chocolate, the taste is soft, warm, fruity, oak very beautiful malt!

  88. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Enjoying a honey glazed pulled pork with hazelnuts in a dusty library.
    • Taste
      Slightly bitter. Cough syrup. Elderflower and raisins. Dark chocolate and baked pineapple.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate and sweet malt.

  89. fradin11 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  90. Speedo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  91. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  92. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It is a decent dram for sure but not worth the crazy money being asked in the UK. I got a bottle for less than half the UK price from Holland.
    Taste wise I have a bit of trouble recognising different notes/flavours on this particular bottling.
    • Nose
      Quie resinous, pine, notes of beeswax, hints of pineapple, marzipan.
    • Taste
      Chewey, mouth coating on honey and something else sweet . I also get something fizzy on chocolate and a slightly nutty aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Medium length.

  93. rottendon scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  94. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: Wow, huge wood oils, moss, flint, jams and so much age
    T: Dry start, oily fresh with an oily, sea breeze. Sublime
    F: Vanilla and dry oak
    C: Beginning at stella heights, finishing more moderately

    Scores a B+

  95. Ciro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  96. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity, waxy and vanilla. Sweet aroma.
    • Taste
      sweet notes, creamy, spicy, soft pepper, hints of beeswax, wood and slight medicinal.
    • Finish
      medium length, dry, nuts and some pepper.

  97. irrerelevant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Like the '17s, and even more intense, pomace, interesting spice, apple, pear, caramel, a lot of cask, fermented pineapple, quite woody, cumin, cucumber, dill, soft honey cereals, aniseed, good fruit vinegar, champagne, Pizza dough, hopped beer, nice bitterness, light mineral, salt, very ripe and dense. Everything else, interesting and really delicious, unfortunately too expensive ...

  98. fabianno1234 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      86 86

  99. WhiskyCask scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    The Craigellachie 23 is a great case study for business schools. How a presumptuous and arrogant pricing policy can shift all the focus away from the (darn good) whisky and bring nothing but bad press. Read my full review on:

    http://maltandoak.com/craigellachie-23-good-whisky-but-whats-up-with-the-pricing/

  100. yoavg did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    It's a real good whisky, but notice there's a huge gap between Europe price to UK price: My review is here: http://whiskygospel.com/2014/11/13/craigellachie-23-tasting-notes-and-review-oversight-madness-or-greed/

  101. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

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