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Craigellachie 13 Year Old

Craigelachie 13

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@huinemanReview by @huineman

28th Jan 2020

1

  • Nose
    21
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
    86

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Neat at Hesperia Hotel, Madrid; what was once a superb joint for whisky lovers, that is, the Scotch Bar within the hotel, doesn't exist anymore: Hesperia has been acquired by Hyatt and the old dim-lit den is now another regular bar with a humongous screen for sports: no quietness, no comfort, no more special drams. It's becoming increasingly difficult for a Madrid dweller to find nice spots, scotch-wise.

Anyway, they still have some of the old bottles, so here's the tasting: very pale pour, reminiscent of wheat and totally translucent. High intensity bitterish aromas (arugula, dandelion -those are bitter herbs, of course-, bitter lemon and grapefruit.) Mouthfeel is dry, powerful and pungent, with a bitter and smoky long-lasting finish that leaves an aftertaste of tobacco and leather.

If you're looking for a bitter and smoky dram, this might be it.

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2 comments

Wierdo commented

I quite enjoyed my bottle of Craigellachie 13 to the point that I've been thinking of grabbing another bottle. I wasn't blown away with it at first but the further I got down the bottle the more I appreciated it.

Quite an unusual profile for a Speysider being more dry and savoury.

9 months ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

This one doesn't seem to get a lot of love, but I'm with @Wierdo, I quite like it. I think @huineman scored it pretty much right on, although I don't get as much of the bitterness on the palate.

9 months ago 2Who liked this?

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