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Overall rating
87.09/100
votes
25
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Laid-back indulgence
Vintage
06.11.2002
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Virgin Heavy Toast Medium Char Oak Hogshead
Casknumber
44.76
Number of bottles
240
Strength
57.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
23 Feb 2017 7:42 pm by mandragoru
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 63,25

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 2002 SMWS 44.76

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.09 points

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is what I call a Scottish Bourbon. Friendly and fruity, with plenty of polished oak. It could be the influence of the virgin hoggie finish, but maybe this whisky was quite mature one year ago too. In any way, this whisky has enough wood influence, but it doesn't push away the distillery character. On the contrary: they complement each other.
    • Nose
      Profile: malty, fruity and nutty. There is toast, brioche, Danish pastry, sugar, bourbon driven fruit (apricot, tinned peach), hazelnut. Then there is a mineral side too (limestone), and a hint of a salty breeze. What gets increasingly big is the polished oak, with honey, vanilla and supple leather. 
    • Taste
      Full-bodied and sweet. It doesn't get aggressive, it's just nice! The polished oak, leather and peach are most assertive on the palate. What follows is a solid base of malt and yeast, like buns that almost ready. There is only a slight hint of dryness with wood and ginger.
    • Finish
      Sweet on popcorn, honey, and almond paste, with a bit more room for wood, a little bit of vanilla, and drying spices such as ginger and pepper. 

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    ein Malt mit Geschichte für mich - kam am ersten Berliner Stammtisch ins Glas - Komplexität und Intensität in Verbindung mit dem Alter waren ein Schlüsselerlebnis für mich
    • Nose
      Honey sweet, kamillan, ripe fruity apples with a slight sulfur content, black tea with mint, quince jelly, vanilla sauce,
    • Taste
      süß sauer pricklend mit Honig, Gurkenwasser, konzentriertem Apfelsaft, teilweise angebranntes Karamel, Eichenbretter, Vanille, Minze, Eichenwürze, Tabakblätter,  - sehr intensiv, vollmundig und wärmend 
    • Finish
      kühlend und wärmend tanzt er lange prickelnd auf der Zunge, leicht trocken, feine facettenreiche Eichengewürze, Kräuter, Wachs, mehr als mittellang

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity. also some red fruit, leather and plums, I would actually suspect some sherryvat influences. In addition, sweet with vanilla, caramel. Alcohol prominently present but not disturbing. Full smell.
    • Taste
      Full and soft, red fruit, honey, slightly tingling, leather, spicy. Still some apple.
    • Finish
      Light peppers now, again red fruit, and leather, honey, vanilla. Long aftertaste.

  6. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful straightforward malt that surprises one or the other, the combination of Craigellachie with Virgin Oak seems to work well.
    • Nose
      There's everything on it: Craigellachie in the form of light sulfur and some sweat, the bourbon barrel with a lot of vanilla and caramel, and the Virgin Oak barrel with more caramel and the famous mixed pickles, but only in homeopathic tins. In addition a few angegammelte yellow fruits and very light alcoholic tips. Longevity married the notes to a strange sweet sulphurous fruit conglomerate. From time to time you might think that you have a middle-aged bourbon in your glass. Does not heat any significant change.
    • Taste
      Neat start, not nearly as sweet as expected. Lots of fruitiness, apple compote and clear wood notes. A lot of acid on the palate, again neat sulfur. Late comes a mighty load of white pepper, while interestingly it gets sweeter. Dark honey and here too a little impression of a bourbon. Tannins in moderation are also to be found.
    • Finish
      The finish is unfortunately relatively short, it is dominated first of honey and acid, before it dries again and flows into a very typical for Craigellachie fruity nuttiness, as if you had chewed just a Appelgriepsch.

  7. hfos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Thin sliced [white] bread - toasted golden and glazed with butter. It’s butter sweet in fact, just like Butterkist popcorn.
    T: Similar desirability on the palate, now with a herbal toastedness, such is that medium char. Overall there’s a sweet-savoury intensity with notes of sweet buttered peas.
    F: Herbal sweet with a light woody smoke.
    C: A very nice broad and complex dram with a wide appeal,

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