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.
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)
Spirity. Sweet. The vegetal note is there but not as prominent. Slightly effervescent. Pleasant. Water makes it more bitter. (18/25)
Long finish. Fairly neutral. A little oaky. Bitter with water. (18/25)
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.