Sunday 19 February 2017

Craigellachie 13 Review

Hi everyone,

Let’s continue on the Worm Tub theme, shall we?

Craigellachie uses Worm Tubs, but that seems to be the only interesting thing about the distillery, little other information is available.
Craigellachie has recently gotten the attention it deserves with a whole range of whiskies brought to you by Bacardi, along with Royal Brackla and Aultmore in a range called ‘The Last Great Malts of Scotland.’ Bit overdramatic if you ask me… but no one is.
For Craigellachie they’ve used a refreshingly old style label and odd numbers for the ages, 13, 17, 19 and 23. I’ve heard good things about the 23 but can’t afford that kind of money for whisky that isn’t Sherried Ledaig.

So instead, I got a sample of the 13 to try.

Craigellachie 13 46%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Light/Medium
Nose: Very fresh and fruity. Lemon citrus, grapefruit, a little watermelon, vanilla and marzipan, porridge. A little rubbery note.
Taste: Gentle arrival, staying gentle with vanilla and soft marzipan, porridge, then developing lemon and sweet lime, white sugar and then pastry and harsh oak into the finish.
Finish: Medium length. Sappy harsh oak and a burst of weird rubbery juice.
Feinty maybe? The rubber notes are weird and really detracted from the finish, making you want to drink something else to get rid of the taste. Possibly a bad batch, but then again could be the Worm Tubs talking in a bad way.

Thanks for reading!

Review #335

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