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Craigellachie 13yr

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  • Distiller:

    Craigellachie

  • Bottler:

    Craigellachie

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    13 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: There’s just nothing not to like about this whisky and I found myself revisiting this bottle more and more after the review, which is the sign of a good whisky. Definitely recommended.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: I’m not loving this, although it might pair alright with a cold beer and some good-natured Wednesday-evening griping about your boss.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Having been bottled at 92 proof, the spiced notes are heightened and finishes on the dry side, but there's still a little sweetness left to soften the blow.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: A highly physical, old-style Speyside dram with classic distillery character. A statement whisky that is a must-try.
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  • Raided Score: 79
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: No, I won’t change my score. As much as I enjoyed the 17, and just loved the 23, I just didn’t fall in love with the 13. A problem of lucky number?
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: It may be loaded with flavor, but the overall presentation is still quite rustic, particularly on the somewhat astringent finish.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This seems like a lovely dram for a summer evening on the porch watching the sky bronze over, or after a nice meal in the dead of winter. I regret not trying Craigellachie sooner.
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  • Nose:

    Sweet vanilla poundcake. Floral and perfumey. It reminds me of the delicate fruity nature of Clynelish spirit a little bit. Its nice and sweet, like a bakery in the sprintime. Its pretentious to say, I know, but the notes are there: fruits, yeaty dough, honey, vanilla, some faint clove, floral perfume, etc.

  • Taste:

    Sweet and creamy - almost like dessert. Nice mouth feel for the proof. Mildly fruity here with a big emphasis on doughy vanilla notes. Hint of cinnamon and sugar.

  • Finish:

    Medium in length - no heat. Sweet and very pleasant.

  • Overall:

    This is no big bold dram. This is not a bad thing. I really enjoy the balance here and quite honestly, it surprised me. There's a great balancing act here of sweet and floral, neither overpowering the other. This seems like a lovely dram for a summer evening on the porch watching the sky bronze over, or after a nice meal in the dead of winter. I regret not trying Craigellachie sooner. Rank 6.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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