Malt of the Month – Craigellachie 13 Year Old

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Craigellachie Distillery

Craigellachie Distillery is located in Speyside

A new month means a great whisky deal to tell you about, and for February, we’re spreading the word about Craigellachie 13 Year Old – and we’ve knocked £4 off the price.

Distillery bottlings of Craigellachie were few and far between until 2014, but then three new age-statement releases appeared for the first time: the 13 Year Old, a 17 Year Old and a 23 Year Old. All three received critical acclaim and all three share Craigellachie’s robust, meaty character.

I visited Craigellachie two years ago and the Dewar’s team were proud of the full-flavoured spirit that this Speyside distillery produces, describing it as the ‘bad boy of Speyside’. The 13 Year Old is the baby of the range, but it still delivers a full-flavoured, punchy style that is a world away from the more genteel whiskies you can find in the region.

This is what I thought:

Craigellachie 13 Year Old


Nose: Big tropical-fruit aromas at first – mango and pineapple – followed by sweet and savoury notes of ham glazed with Demerara sugar and a whiff of barbecue smoke.

Palate: More sweet fruit, tempered by savoury smokiness. Punchy and full-flavoured, with the meaty smoke balancing well with the refreshing tropical fruit. Mouth-filling texture; makes a statement!

Finish: The smoked-meat notes gently fade, along with a hint of spent match.

Craigellachie 13 Year Old is our February 2016 Malt of the Month, and is £4 off, priced at £37.95. Buy a bottle today!

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