Craigellachie 13 Year Old

70cl / 46%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Craigellachie 13 Year Old
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A range of Craigellachie single malts was released for the first time in 2014. The distillery is known for its meaty character, and the 13-year-old is sweet, spicy and slightly smoky.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
13 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Speyside
Chill Filtered
No
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Pineapple Pineapple
  • Mango Mango
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Matchbox Matchbox
  • Meat Meat

Craigellachie 13 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    Nose: Big tropical-fruit aromas at first – mango and pineapple – followed by sweet and savoury notes of ham glazed with Demerara sugar and a whiff of barbecue smoke.

    Palate: More sweet fruit, tempered by savoury smokiness. Punchy and full-flavoured, with the meaty smoke balancing well with the refreshing tropical fruit. Mouth-filling texture; makes a statement!

    Finish: The smoked-meat notes gently fade, along with a hint of spent match.

    Comment: A world away from the delicate Speyside style, this is full of fruit, fire and flavour.

     

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Bonfire night: aromas of oozing toasted marshmallows, and baked apples studded with cloves, with the tang of sulphury, cordite lingering in the background. 

    To the taste this 13 year old Craigellachie delivers malty, sweet complexity, with a finish that is slightly smokey.

26 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    3 May

    A delicate presence of apples and a hint of pears, which comes out more with water. Sulfur, sulfur-smoke, prominently. Tiny bit of garlic. Little bit spirity, I will say, even with water added. Takes one teaspoon just fine, but not much more than that. Careful does it. They say this has a meaty character to it, but I would say it is *bready*. Specifically, I get bread *sticks*. Kind you get in restaurants. Touch of olive oil. Canned fruit cocktail fruits, red ones, yellow ones. Pineapple, passion fruit. Tangerines, grapefruit and pomegranate. Orange peels. Yellows and mellows with time in the bottle. Reminiscent of an unpeated Caol Ila. Gooseberries, apricot marmalade, cream, vanilla sugar. Cloudberry marmalade and thick sweet sour cream (a combination I tried in some pancake roll ups once. Delicious.) Frozen yogurt. Sassafras root. Ginger. Molasses, rum-like. Dense waxy malt. Malty. Chili note. Cocoa powder, dusty cocoa. Bit bitter. Classic style dry seltzer water. Mineral. Old oak, in the background, like oak furniture sitting in a house built in the 1800s. Walnuts. HONEY, natural and pungent, unprocessed. The sulfur tones ever so slightly down and marries with the caramelly fullness of this dram with aeration. All in all, a very very interesting dram. The fruit is a little less pronounced than I'd like it to be, and it *is* slightly spirity, but the overall presentation and uniqueness of this dram takes it up to a 5/5 for me.

  • 5
    20 April

    Simply excellent. Like a basket of fruits thrown at your face, followed by gentle smoke and more fruits. Amazing, simply amazing. Very different from most Speysiders, but not in a bad way. Like a mix of highland and speyside for an explosion of taste.

  • 4
    8 April

    I'm usually an Islay-man for preference but this one, despite a deceptively soft lead in, has enough depth of flavour, and a hint of a burn at the end to keep me interested.

  • 5
    31 January

    Nice crisp aroma. Very heavy body with a very smooth smoky finish.

  • 4
    31 December 2017

    This is really nice. Falls somewhere in between Bruichladdich, H

  • 4
    17 November 2017

    My first taste and i am very happy.

  • 5
    12 November 2017

    Wow where has this Malt been hiding. I love it

  • 5
    26 September 2017

    Smooth! Great flavour. Some of the best Scotch I have tasted! Will try to have on my Shelf for a daily sip!!!

  • 4
    20 September 2017

    Delicious.. reminds me a bit of Highland Park 12... (a bit odd for a speyside) but more expensive. Very rich and full bodied. Definitely for an advanced palate tho. Add 1/4 water for best results imo.

  • 5
    21 August 2017

    why is this my first bottle, not for long.

  • 5
    30 June 2017

    Wonderfully warm and fruity. Soft smokey aftertaste and caramelized pineapple.

  • 4
    8 May 2017

    Delightful! The nose is vibrant and quivering with green apple, lemon and a faint minerality - the smell of grass and earth in the aftermath of a heavy spring rain shower. The palate is bolder than the nose suggests, a gorgeous mouth-filling expression of wood, ginger, pepper, a whiff of smoke, with a slight honey note at the end to usher in a fairly long and slightly spicy finish. Highly recommended.

  • 5
    27 February 2017

    I didn't know this malt at all but it's a new favourite. A brilliant mix of citrus notes and strong body. Delicious.

  • 5
    26 February 2017

    very easy to drink. Too easy. Could become addictive.

  • 4
    4 February 2017

    Surprisingly smooth & easy drinkable. Sounded like average balance between all parts.

  • 3
    10 January 2017

    Perhaps a little too sweet but has a lot more depth and character than a lot of Speysides.

  • 4
    23 November 2016

    WOW! This took me by surprise when I took my first mouthful. A bright vibrant sensation on the tongue. Wonderful flavours, pear, green apple, and a lovely sweetness. A little water brings out even more. Fabulous.

  • 5
    22 July 2016

    Utterly superb: balanced, layered, accessible but still interesting, complex but still strongly-formed. This is brilliant whiskey-making (sorry for the 'e'....can't help myself).

  • 4
    21 July 2016

    This is a great whisky that has a great smokey taste along with a wonderful finish.

  • 4
    14 June 2016

    Wonderful dram! Rich, oily, bodied, melting mouthfeel. Honeyed malt nose, cognac notes. Peppery punch and full of flavor, though no smoke as of yet (I'll let the bottle develop from being opened awhile). Somewhat drying finish, hint of bitterness which melds perfectly with the sweetness.

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