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Craigellachie 13 Year Old

(70cl, 46%)

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

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Craigellachie 13 Year Old Bottling Note

One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery's output. Oodles of dynamic fruit notes with a distinctive current of smoke running through the middle. Single malt Craigellachie hasn't been seen much outside of indie bottlings recently, so this is an ace return to our glasses from the distillery!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Apple orchards in bloom, slightly meaty, burnt popcorn, treacle tart.

Palate: Oily malt arrives first, followed by BBQ pineapple and summer berries. Pine nuts and almonds.

Finish: A very soft hint of sulphur hides behind biscuit and apple notes.

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Craigellachie 13 Year Old Reviews

Good mid range single Scotch.

Tidy drop, but I’m fcked how The Master of Malt can find 12, yes 12, different flavours in this drop. Take ya hands off it🤪

26th September 2020

Burnt matchsticks 😄

Don’t like it...
Very heavy and sulphuric on the palate..
On the nose it’s wonderful...
Not my cup of whisky.

1st July 2020

Real unfiltered old-time 1891 whisky

I'm 69. Budget 15 year taster.

When I was flush, A'Bunadh was king.

Read a bunch of reviews about this whisky and bought two, delivered this afternoon. So happy.

Decided to leave a rare comment for someone like me looking for a righteous, old-world oily, robust, huge flavor whisky for around 60 bucks, on-line, in the U.S.

Oily. Muscular. Warm delicious flavors. 92 proof wonderful heat.

Not filtered. Original, same as it was in 1891.

I use the 'tongue spoon' style of tasting.
I cup my tongue. Take a sip.
Move my head around a little-taste the flavors.
Then, soft inhale into my throat- a nice warm rush.
Finally, swish around my mouth. Subdued explosion.

Before I sat down to write this, I pulled the pin and ordered two more bottles.

Time to go back to the living room for another sip.

20th May 2020


Huaooo!!! Un 13enne eccezionale una combinazione di sapori veramente al top.... Consigliato.

1st January 2020

Married to my Craig

Light, Very delicate and complex. I never enjoyed Scotch until sampling Craig. I'm hooked

16th November 2019


Enjoyed after a decadent meal at level 55 in Melbourne. I am normally a islay tragic but this GEM WAS O SO SMOTH WITH A DELICATE LINGRING FINISH. Just got back to hotel room and I am comparing it to a select Laphroaig and you Can’t they are different animals.but I will be sourcing one

17th October 2019

Wonderful find!

Very interesting, complex, more friendly to my palate than some of the heavy peat flavors. The tiny suggestion of smoke was perfect!

29th September 2019

Will buy again and highly recommend it!

I found this Speyside a littlet harsh to begin with. Added some ice, let it melt. It got better by the sip. What did wonders is to let it sit after opening the bottle. 46 ABV can be too much but letting this baby breathe was a real game changer for me and my partner. We now absolutely love every single drop we can get from this bottle. It is very complex. Some say meaty. I taste apples, spices and honey. I am sure one could get a lot more out of it but to me, there is just so much going on forever from my nose, palate, tongue and throat while sipping it that the flavours and aromas all meet together to become one of the taste what might be one of the most exquisite whiskeys I have ever had. I have drank bottles twice the price of this one and now sure know what is a good bang for your buck!

23rd September 2019

Remarkable Fruit and complexity- Lovely!

Just opened a bottle of the 13 year old. My normal tastes run to Lagavulin, Talisker 10, Caol Ila and sometime McCallan red stripe. The reviews here are from O-5 stars. Everyone has an opinion. I am a well seasoned Scot's Whisky drinker and I was nicely surprised. This has a very fruity nose - pineapple, caramel, saline and orange peel on the tasting. It has a very light hint or smoke but this is a concentrated, complex, very fine whisky. If you drink 40%abv blended whisky and your palette has not tasted many single malts, you probably may or may not like this. This is a Grand Cru whisky. It is the finest whisky I have ever tasted from Speyside and I have tried most of them. At this price point, I don't think I would ever buy anything else. I still love my whisky from Islay but I am loving this gem from Speyside.

26th July 2019


I don't like to give bad reviews, but I found this really horrible stuff. I bought a bottle based on the reviews here, most of them being very positive. Shows you that tastes do differ.

5th May 2019


The nicest whiskey I have tasted with a long time

8th April 2019

Comfortably wonderful

Bloody lovely

28th March 2019

budget scotch

want very impressed but for the price there are worse options for sure

26th March 2019

Worth it

Good malt for the price. ($43 at the NEX on sale). I'm not going to ramble about fruity, or smoke or any of that... The taste is on the tongue of the sipper. Like my Malts and this is a good one. Wow!

9th March 2019

Banana ester

I cannot get the flavor and smell of banana oil (isoamyl acetate) out of my head while drinking this. Having bought it on the strength of reviews I saw everywhere I was disappointed.

8th January 2019

Medium bodied single malt, medium quality.

Fruity, quickly develops to spicy, mellows back to little citrussy and finishes to a mild, pleasant fruity taste. Somewhat unique.

30th December 2018

Great tasting, smooth whiskey for the price point.

Wonderful! Enough said..

25th December 2018

Good stuff.

Pineapple cube sweets in a waxy paper bag from the corner shop. Ting Jamaican fizzy drink. Cheap Vanilla soft scoop ice cream.

30th November 2018

Particular. Special. Possible. Ideal after lunch.

Intense nose and mouth smoke, many fruits. Pleasant palate burning, intense long finish. Particular. Swells by adding water.

14th October 2018

Is this whisky or is this Crème brûlée?

Délicieux! The Craigellachie 13 ans. Complex, not very emphatic in any particular aspect, but very intriguing. Not dumbed down at all for the mass market. A well put together and appropriately matured single malt. I recommend you give it a try, and I myself am looking very much forward to trying the older versions. À ta santé!

- MxG, Belgium.

18th June 2018

Interesting speyside

Smoked BBQ, complex fruit, nice burn, long and amazing finish! More highland than a Speyside, this will be my new fave after Talisker 10 and Bunnahabhain. I really like the presentation, the bottle and label design is just fabulous!

17th June 2018

CRAIGELLACHIE 13yo - NCF - 46% abv - natural color

Honey caramel, like a full young brandy. A delicate presence of apples and a hint of pears, which comes out more with water. Good general mouthfeel, though viscosity is lower than expected.

Sulfur, sulfur-smoke.

Heavy, gristy, but not at all harsh maltiness.

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. 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.

This being my first Speysider, I would compare it to the Arran 14 and say that they are fairly similar when it comes to their rich Armagnac-like qualities, the C13 being the lighter and more honeyed of the two: and where Arran gives you its distinct nettle-like oakiness, Craigellachie gives you the sulfur.

Medium, creamy toffee development. Long sulfuric bread stick finish.

Needs aeration, plenty of time in the glass.

Compacts down soon after opening, similar to the Glengoyne 10, and needs a couple of days to come back up. Would not hurt to decant it.

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.

Will revisit review if shows improvement further down the bottle.

Colors are flying, lads.

(Originally posted on March 29, 2018.)

26th April 2018

* 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 29𝘵𝘩 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸

Canned fruit cocktail fruits, red ones, yellow ones. Tangerines, grapefruit and pomegranate. Orange peels. Yellows and mellows with time in the bottle. Reminiscent of an unpeated Caol Ila. (I could have sworn I got a whiff of something wet sherry cask-like, HP-like, almost heathery, out of the bottle one day, but I've lost it.) 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. Excellent stuff. Addendum end. -

12th April 2018

What Speyside should be associated with...

Funny how for some people who are used to 40% "smooth" spirits anything interesting can be too harsh or astringent, while others dismiss so many malts as "just another Speysider". I found this one a total delight and a standout. Now, everyone rates based on perceived value. I got my 1L bottle at Niagara Falls Duty Free just under $50 US, so I am VERY happy with this one. And it's a special occasion pour.

If you are accustomed to lower abv spirits, please realize that "craft presentation" malts (46% or more, non-chill filtered, no colorant added) are not "easy access" like your 40% "smooth" stuff. They require some contemplation, experimentation with how much water to add, time to open up, etc. Like reading a serious book vs. watching TV.

Stronger bottlings are not about the supposed manliness of drinking it neat no matter the abv, but about carrying more flavor into the glass. Master blenders typically dilute to around 35% to be able to perceive the complexity because ethanol is anesthetic at stronger concentrations. Also, fresh water has dissolved oxygen in it, so it helps to oxidize the whisky to open it up. So if you are proud of not adding ice to your whisky, realize that drinking it without a few drops of water is similar to drinking it chilled - it dulls your senses from perceiving the most interesting aromatics. Granted, some people like the bite above all, so preferences will vary, but if you are into flavor, try it with water, experiment.

For me, the malts I had initial difficulty with are now among favorites (Ardbeg 10, Old Pulteney 12, Highland Park 12, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12) while some of the easy-pleasy malts like Glenfiddich 12 and Tomintoul 10 are less interesting to me now (while there's nothing offensive about them).

30th January 2018

A surprising joy for those wanting to try a Speyside.

Just tried this not 30 minutes ago. This is my first Speyside so I have nothing to compare it against, but on it's own it is a wondrous delight!

The color is a pale straw to golden. Very light.
Clear with no sediments.
It's viscosity is on the lighter side; about half that of Monkey Shoulder.

This is a friendly scotch on the nose when in a snifter. I found notes of Clove, and Apple, with a light touch of smoke and salt. It's light but not bright like a mint or an Irish.

The taste was a joy! It's nothing like an Irish Whiskey (with its buttery, sugar cookie notes) But reminds me more of a field on shoreline of the East Coast. You get tastes of cloves, honey, apple, salt, and smoke.

You know that moment you experience surrounded by freshly mown grass in the cooling dusk of an early summer? It's like that.

I could've spent hours drinking this.

27th January 2018


notes of caramel, toffee, smoke

17th December 2017

Will buy again while supply's last,I think the negative comments are overrated.

Very nice scotch,I like the sweetness and harmony with honey and floral finish.
Just a splash of spring water brings it all together.

15th June 2017

27th February 2017

So smooth and beautiful easy finish

I had never tried this whisky before, a fabulous find, not over fussy or complicated, just a great smooth, delicious drink

6th February 2017

Never again

Sad to say ...

I was at a Craigellahice whisky tasting last night and nothing from the 13, 17, 19, 23 was to my palate.

Much of this for me is to do with the minimal copper contact provided by the distillery. Very astringent with and without water.

The 31yr was a little better but that is just the wood playing its part.

9th December 2016


While not a bad scotch it doesnt have much to make me come back to buy another bottle when theres so many others out there to try. It has a floral and slightly 'grassy' nose, which is pleasant, but when im deciding what to drink on a night, its not one that stands out from other speysides that have a bit more to them, as well as being a tad cheaper.

3rd November 2016

Really nice!

First glance at the font on the label made me apprehensive...don't know why; it just did. Fears abated immediately upon tasting! Nice warm honey, floral, and just the right amount of smoke. It even changed my opinion of the label. Highly recommend!

24th October 2016

most overrated here

Maybe first and biggest miss-hit for me here. Smooth but that's it. Simplistic taste and practically scentless. Hard to believe that stuff like Cragganmore get less here, it's day and night.

16th October 2016

Great dram!

A complex whiskey that takes you on a bit of a Journey each time you pour yourself a dram. Wonderfull stuff.

16th September 2016

Marketing means all

Clever old fashion packing is a great marketing trick, even in a price of the taste.

24th June 2016

A nice old fashioned

So I saw all the great reviews on this whisky and figured I should get some for myself and it is an excellent and very unique speysider indeed. Fruity with lots of charred oak and honey fading to a dry herbal/floral finish not really sure what to compare it to but considering I've been drinking a lot of sherried speysides lately this is great for a change would highly recommend this, a good example of old school scotch. The Sugarbear

22nd June 2016

Trini Drunk

Has a banana nose at first. The flavor really comes out with 1/3 water. Very long finish.

3rd June 2016

Good stuff - solid choice

I'm not going to get nuanced on this: it's a good no-nonsense dram that you will not be disappointed with. I like the packaging and the bottle too. Pick up the bottle, hold it for a while, smile, let the expectations build, then tuck into a fine snifter.

31st March 2016

First time

Loved it. Smooth, delicious taste. Steak it served over an Ice ball. Many of you may cringe, but it's how I had it

3rd March 2016

Probably one of the best in this price class

Title says it all. If you see one, buy / drink one.

25th February 2016

Superb smooth finish, GREAT value

I love almost anything from the Speyside region of Scotland and this single malt is no different. It is made at the confluence of the River Spey and River Fiddich. This 13-year old scotch is one if my favourites. Because I'm into quality, not quantity. I normally go for 16-20+ year old scotch, but tried this based on the great ratings. So glad I did...this has a tad bit of honey tones and a strong, smooth finish that leaves you wanting more. I'm ordering more as I type this!!!!

14th February 2016


An outstanding and easy to drink dram!!

1st February 2016


Love it...

24th January 2016



9th January 2016

Was Presented With This As A Gift

I was very impressed with this bottle. Sweet and fruity on entry, but there is more complexity on the back end, and a dry finish. Not what I expected from a Speyside malt.

24th December 2015


Excellent! My current favourite, easily beating some of the more expensive malts.

26th November 2015

Nirvana at last.

Simply magnificent. I went straight back and bought another bottle to hide from guests! A delightfully sour nose suggestive of an ebb tide, caresses the tongue with a sweet velvet feel, good balance with firm smoke bang centre, high notes of peaches and cream, hints of mackerel, tar and aniseed in the finish which lasts the rest of the evening. I will dream about this one.

19th November 2015


This is sensational. Dry yet fruity, oaky yet spirit-pure, robust yet elegant and what a finish! But I should shout as well: what an arrival and what a middle palate; what an everything! I didn't know a Speyside could be this full bodied yet retain some elegance and refinement...

6th October 2015


high quality whisky bottled at 46% abv, un-chilled filtered and natural color. Notes of fruits, specifically young unripe fruits such as green apples, citrus, herbal and oak. Not sweet at all, if you like sweet than this is not for you, i would say its quite bitter but its very good indeed. i will definitely order a second bottle.

16th June 2015

worm tubs and no chill-castration and 46% all bourbon cask

on my forth bottle of this gem,it has to be the best 13 yr old i ever should be standard practice,no chill filtration 46 abv. no e150 COLORANT USED.THIS SINGLE MALT GIVES MOST OLDER SCOTCHES SOMETHING TO ASPIRE TO.
BRAVO CRAIGELLACHIE welcome to america!!!!

5th June 2015

Worth waiting for

A long wait for an official bottling but worth it.Plenty of flavour a bit of smoke and a long rewarding finish.From memory maybe not as full bodied as the old 14 year old but memories can play tricks on you.

9th April 2015

Not a typical Speysider

Golden color. It is not chill filtered so it gets cloudy when it gets cool. Nose is herbal, oaky with some fruit in the background. Give it a drop of water and some time and nose emerges nicely. Delivery is big and oaky. Citrus, herbal with slight dried fruit on the palate. Finish is quite long. oaky & dry.

The label claims this is old fashioned whisky. I believe it. I like it. Not floral or sweet like many Speysiders. Very entertaining.

23rd December 2014

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