Craigellachie 13 Year Old

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

(0.75l, 46%)


7.8/10
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$59.99
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Worm tubs. Worm what? Worm tubs!

Craigellachie (pron. Krai-GELLachy) distillery is located in Aberlour, Banffshire near the village of Craigellachie, at the centre of Speyside. The distillery was built by Peter Mackie, who already owned Lagavulin distillery, in 1891. At that time, Whisky experts noted that Craigellachie represented a style of Whisky “seldom met with now”, referring to their usage of worm tubs to cool their spirit, and bestow it with extra flavour; something they continue doing to this day. Worm tubs are an old-fashioned condensing system, an intestine-like ring of metal coils submerged in cold water. It is through these coils that the spirit is passed and cooled slowly, resulting in a curiously meatier spirit. Only a few other distilleries, such as Old PulteneyGlen Elgin, Mortlach and Springbank also use worm tubs. 
 
Craigellachie 13 YO is one of three Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014. Meaty and oily, as is typical for this distillery, the 13 year old shows a lot of talent, especially at this price. Curiously interesting, the 13 year old exhudes characteristics of an older Whisky, more in the range of 18-20!

SmartAss: Craigellachie means rocky hill in Gaeliec.

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oily
smoky
oak
pie
green apple
meat
pear
stewed
melon
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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called a Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Pale gold.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Thick sweetness, stewed pear, cold apple pie, melon. Very bright and fresh.

Flavour / Taste / Palate
Thick, oily. Berry-like sauce, malted undercurrent, charcoal.

Finish
Medium long.


Ratings & Reviews
Mirosław
Mirosław,
Very nice, delicate.
 
Chris
Chris,
Malty with green apple, honey and soft wood spices.
 
Robert
Robert,
I received this as a Christmas gift from my daughter and her boyfriend and really love it! I’d describe it as a sort of blend of Lismore 15 (my favorite) and a Laphroaig 10. A bit peaty at first (like the Laphroaig) but very smooth (like the Lismore). I’ll be keeping a supply of this in my bar.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Nose: Pineapple. Necatrines. Sour notes. Vanilla underneath. Honeysuckle. Really lovely. Palate: Malted barley. A nonpeaty smokiness. Quite interesting. Some heat. Almost chili-like in its character. Leathery tannins underneath, but not overwhelming. Honeydew melon on the back end. Finish: A lingering heat, along with that leathery smokiness. Nice. For the price, this is a lovely—and unusual—Speyside.
 
Mats
Mats,
One of the absolut best bourbon matured whiskies I have tried. A very nice "dirty" vanilla, honey and maybe a bit of leather. A must for all good whiskylovers
 
Kyle
Kyle,
I was excited to try this speyside and was not disappointed. The aromas of oak and oiliness came forward first and the flavors on the first sip were oily fruity. A nice bite to it as well up front but, as the whisky sits on your tongue, it mellows out.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Beware, this is not your Father's Speysider! Strong malted barley on the nose with orchard fruits, hone, and hints of vanilla. Palate is a little hot with vanilla, honey, apples, citrus, and charred oak(?) The "meaty character" described on the bottle comes across as a slightly smoky tone. It's a non-smoke - a smoky tone without the smoke. Strange. Medium dry finish with a little more meat hanging on. Not bad. 7/10
 
Peter
Peter,
Nice whisky. You taste the oiliness en the smoke. It has a great nose and good stay in your month👍🏻
 
Craig
Craig,
Great. Not too harsh or sweet.
 
Art
Art,
GREAT SCOTCH...A LITTLE BITE AT FIRST,AND THEN ALL WAS WELL
 
Peter
Peter,
Crisp, a touch of smoke and a wry clean finish. A good introduction to S Better Scotch for people who are new to the magic of it. A fine sipper.
 
guest
guest,
A unique taste of tradition
 
Kuljit
Kuljit,
Great old style whisky
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Wonderful smoke stopping short of overbearance, strong with just a hint of sweetness. Great dram.
 
isaac
isaac,
I liked it... plain and simple. I t was a great bottle.
 
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