Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottling serie
The Cooper's Choice
Stated Age
07 years old
American Oak & Port Wine Pipe Finish
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 feb 2016 4:51 pm by Bishlouk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 64.35

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37 × member ratings

41 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Craigellachie 2008 VM

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.76 points.

  1. Moritz scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Pretty tasty, especially by the partially present sweetness / fruit. Due to a bit of bitterness also complex enough, but some age is missing.
    • Nose
      Red fruits, most likely towards cherry. Nice round, albeit one-dimensional. Sweetish over time.
    • Taste
      Like sweet jam, well carried by alcohol. Very little bitterness (oak?). Fruit is present throughout.
    • Finish
      Neither short, nor very long. The fruit is more of a fruity taste again, but tends to be cherry again without being excessively sweet. A little more bitterness.

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  3. lucero scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. Syleo scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The extremely cloudy maroon already shows the Port Cask with its clear pink-red cast. With this "dirt finch", which makes every "Very Cloudy" pale with envy, not only was the barrel not only filtered, there was still a lot of sediment smuggled into the bottle from the bottom of the barrel, so that there was dull, cloudy blood orange juice in the glass seems. The port legacy is also undeniable in the tasting, the nose certainly inspires, but while the taste is rather pungent, the finish remains too one-dimensionally sweet, confirms the youth of the bottling and can therefore not completely delight.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fruit sorbet, slightly mushy strawberries and sweet plum jam meet the expectations of port storage. The clear minty freshness and rose petals after a summer rain, on the other hand, are rather surprising and more reminiscent of a red feather white. Then earthy tones, wet oak wood and the brown liquorice in the Haribo-Colorado mix take over the helm together with the sweetness of creamy caramel candies. Gradually the impression becomes creamy almost oily: olive oil over a light chive cheese, in the background even a slight note of sulfur and damp, slightly rusty iron. A nice mix!
    • Taste
      78 78
      In the tasting, Cooper's Choice bites through immediately and burns itself with a dominating blood orange bitterness, musty old-woody and tart chocolate like dark cocoa powder. Next to it a spoonful of plum jam, a thin slice of green apple and again the olive oil shine through. The liquorice from the nose is more concentrated in the taste than anise and thus gives the direction for the very tart and sharp overall impression, as if one had eaten a piece of stem and a few leaves on overripe strawberries.
    • Finish
      74 74
      This impression is gradually becoming drier and leaves a dull feeling on the palate in the finish. Sulphurized raisins and prunes, slightly musty strawberry syrup, the sourness of green apple and iron shavings and a little loose, marzipan-chocolate pastry keep for a while, but remain a little one-dimensional and, unfortunately, fail to be completely convincing.

  5. Valérie scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Glen Krid scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Very unique and strange mix, nothing for me and most of the others, even if you look at the notes.
    • Nose
      Effervescent powder, glue, fermented fruit, strawberries & young cherry
    • Taste
      Wet, rotten oak, then grapes are added, strawberry, like rose champagne, some nutmeg, oak again, very unbalanced and young acting
    • Finish
      Fruit wave for 2 seconds, dried fruit & strawberry. then again this damn mildew & dust

  8. rottendon scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    He leaves me completely at a loss. That could be everything. My spontaneous guess would be at least relatively young, superactive barrel and diluted down to 46%. In any case, no Brennereicharakter is recognizable here.

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      To be precise, the color is dull, red plum juice, or to keep the pattern: Dirty red plum juice, OK, let's be nice and call it cloudy.

      In the nose mainly salty, sweaty Maggibrühe. An idea of ​​plums, but they are so dried that they have lost all fruitiness. After plenty of life then dried figs and pickled plums. Heat releases old cabinet and barrel acid. Floor wax and furniture polish.
    • Taste
      In the taste then rather sweet, fruit in strong wine, à la plum in Madeira, which does not really meet. At first watery, the power comes later, even if spicy notes develop. Very late also oak with a moderate amount of tannins.
    • Finish
      These then determine the departure mainly together with dark fruit sweetness, which decays quite slowly until a laxity of the tongue remains, which strongly reminds of prunes again.

  9. Segens scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Continuation of the blind tasting seventh of 24 drams. Again an interesting dram .. I think it is a Red Wine matured dram (maybe finish) with roughly 9 years of age. I like the nose and also some parts of the mouth but all in all I do not need to have this dram again as the finish is too bitter and the alcohol is not implemented in a good way…My guess is 64% and the dram is from Speyside (but it is just a guess as I have no clue and the cask seems to be so dominant)Ok I was not expecting that it is just a finish but at least I left it open. Only 46% is surprising ... at least my Speyside guess was good and that the dram is quite young 
    • Nose
      A mix of Sherry and Redwine nose with dark berries, milk chocolate and the color is also interesting as it has this decent red touch in it.
    • Taste
      The alcohol is tickling the tongue (a bit too much for me) means the alcohol is not perfectly implemented or simply too strong. Red wine influences continue as I have a decent berry sweetness and flavor. The cask is too dominant for me.. 
    • Finish
      The finish is nothing spectacular and too short and also a bit metallic and bitter.

  10. malthead-sven scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    does not quite hold what the very dark color (including dregs!) promises. Something pleasing in the nose, but then falls off something. 81/100
    • Nose
      dominating wine note, followed by various berry fruits, some mint and stinging nettle as well as an unusual adhesive (miss) note.
    • Taste
      full-bodied, heavy fruity, but without much oak
    • Finish
      rather unspectacular, it remains fruity and dry, rather short

  11. breste scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nose: smells like Federweisser, fermented fruits, glue, sugar Taste: slightly foul at first, then softer but slightly bitter and very sweet, fruits and spices. Finish: medium, the slightly own taste remains on the tongue An incredible color. Looks like cloudy raspberry juice. Otherwise rather getting used to nose and taste. Probably like the Ledaig - you love or hate one!


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