Craigellachie 13 Year Old is the youngest option in the new core range from Craigellachie. The distillery is still using worm tubs to create a thick spirit with some meaty character.
Check our review of its older brother, Craigellachie 17 Year Old, for more background information.
Craigellachie 13 yo
(46%, OB 2014)
Nose: fairly neutral and spirity. Plenty of apple peelings, with some raw yeasty notes and light mineral touches. Soft vanilla marshmallow and honey. Citrus. Hints of overripe banana skins and other vegetal notes in the background. Not bad, just a little youthful.
Mouth: oily and sweet, very malty. Apple pie, pineapple and whiffs of charcoal smoke. Shows more oak spices (ginger) and becomes herbal with a light bitterness and a young harsh note. Some spirit sulphur indeed.
Finish: medium long, with some drying oak, liquorice and the same hint of smoke.
A young Speysider, fairly neutral but certainly not bland, thanks to the weight of the spirit. Nothing very special though. Around € 50.