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Overall rating
77.63/100
votes
26
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Ceder & Tjeder (C&T)
Bottling serie
Dram Good Whisky No.1
Vintage
10.06.2003
Bottled
11.06.2015
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
124/2003
Number of bottles
299
Strength
59.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
13 Aug 2015 7:51 pm by larced
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 79.00

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 2003 C&T

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.63 points

  1. larced scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Serge from Whiskyfun says:

    Craigellachie 12 yo 2003/2015 (59.9%, Ceder & Tjeder, Dram Good Whisky, refill bourbon hogshead, cask # 124/2003, 299 bottles)
    Four stars and a half
    In theory, with refill BB hogsheads, distillery character should shine through.
    Colour: white wine (hurray).
    Nose: you bet! You’ve got all grains in there, from wheat to barley and rye, and even quasi-grains, buckwheat and such. Plus baker’s yeast, leaven, porridge, artisan ale, a little chalk… After all, this is distilled malted barley! With water: it is pure ale! Love these whiffs of raw wool, sour dough, porridge…
    Mouth (neat): excellently close to the raw materials. No oak pollution, totally barley, plus white cherries and lime. In fact, it is totally ‘craft’, as if this was distilled by some ex-hippies (now lawyers or plastic surgeons) somewhere near Boulder or Ithaca. With water: even more of all that. And it is mature.
    Finish: long, quite mineral, cerealy, porridgy, greatly yeasty… Comments: some craft industrial malt, what’s the trick? It’s not often that you can feel the barley this much. As you feel pears in pear eau-de-vie. Totally love it. SGP:451 - 88 points.

  2. DalaDanne scored this whisky 60 points Expert Junior

    Add lingondricka and you'll have a catch.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    What kind of tired cask did they use? I don't think the spirit would've changed much even if it had stayed in the cask twice as long. Something went wrong here.
    • Nose
      Hard to believe this has been in the cask for twelve years. It's like a fruity new make. Almost no color. Plenty of citrus and some green banana. Sugar. Some linseed oil. Not much else.
    • Taste
      Rough arrival. Chili pepper. Gasoline. And really, that's about it. Water improves it a bit, making it grassier and adding a hint of sugar.
    • Finish
      Short. Faint grassy notes and thyme.

  4. drdave scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    This is a wonderfully evil whisky. It’s extremely raw
    and actually rather brutal. If you like sweet or gentle whiskies or if you’re
    mainly in to sherry monsters, stay away. If you enjoy your whisky raw and ”worm
    tubsy” – beyond Craigellachie, think young Old Pulteney, perhaps also
    young Springbank – then this will be right up your alley. For me, it’s
    heaven.
    • Nose
      The first quick impression is ”what?! Is this
      tequila?” Once that shock settles, there is much to discover here. Phenolic;
      medicinal, raw, immature in the most positive sense (I would *never* have
      guessed twelve years of age on the first impression of the nose in a blind
      test). Motor oil; grass; seaweed; citrus (lemon, red grapefruit); raw meat;
      chili powder, or a rub containing chili powder; some dusty old dried flowers.
      Water lifts up that lovely crude motor oil and adds a tone of slightly burned
      earth and fried spices. Way back, a hint of lemon and merengue pie. This is
      raw, unpolished and not for the faint-hearted.
    • Taste
      Markedly sweeter than the nose. Honey with dried
      flowers (is that heather I feel?), grapefruit, and yes, that motor oil again,
      and loads of it; a hint of vanilla in the background. With water, delicate
      grassy notes; lemon; flowers and spun sugar, although those oily notes still
      dominate.
    • Finish
      A wonderful mix of fresh spcies (rosemary, thyme)
      being fried in oil at maximum heat, that motor oil again; lemon zest; vanilla
      candy. With water: less…demanding, shall we say? Those notes of oil recede and
      the sweeter notes dominate together with the lemon.

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