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Craigellachie That Boutique-y Whisky Company 10 YO

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

6th Jun 2021


Craigellachie That Boutique-y Whisky Company 10 YO
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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I have very little experience with Craigellachie. I tasted their 13 and 17 YO expressions a few years back during Dewar’s Last Great Malts of Scotland theatrical production. I left unimpressed. This is an independent bottling. Decent age. Decent ABV. Let’s see how it tastes.

This expression is reviewed in a Highland whisky glass in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.

Nose: 20/25

Fruity, something vegetal (cabbage?) that seems to overpower it as it gets more air. Not very complex. Water brings out the cabbage note more. (19/25)

Taste: 21/25

Spirity. Sweet. The vegetal note is there but not as prominent. Slightly effervescent. Pleasant. Water makes it more bitter. (18/25)

Finish: 20/25

Long finish. Fairly neutral. A little oaky. Bitter with water. (18/25)

Balance: 21/25

Drinkable, but forgettable. Adding water does this a disservice. (20/25)

Score: Neat - 82/100 With Water: 75/100

Would I buy this expression? No. Would I accept it is offered? If it was the only thing available and I was desperate for a dram…. likely not.

I wish I could be more positive, but I was not impressed.

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