- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Ceder & Tjeder (C&T)
- Bottling serie
- Dram Good Whisky No.1
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- Refill Bourbon Hogshead
- Number of bottles
- 59.9 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 13 aug 2015 7:51 pm by larced
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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 2003 C&T
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.24 points
- Absolutely amazing taste. Sat for a long time and just enjoyed when I opened one of my three bottles I bought! Have never experienced this slap in the face before!
- 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.
- Add lingondricka and you'll have a catch.
- 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.
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.
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.
Short. Faint grassy notes and thyme.
- 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
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.
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
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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