Monday, May 17, 2021

Craigellachie 13 Speyside Single Malt Scotch

Craigellachie 13 is on my TOP Shelf. 
Everything about this whisky is old-fashioned, from the packaging to the raw flavor, a robust whisky. In today's blog, I will cover the following-

-Brief history behind this whisky/distillery
-My tasting notes
-SJ's rating & overview
-SJ's pro tip
-Food Pairing

Reads the product label "Old Fashioned in 1891, Craigellachie sits firm in the heart of Speyside. Flat bang in the middle of the Scotch Territory. It obstinately stands alone on a rock overlooking the confluence of the rivers Fiddich and Spey. But rid your mind off that typical Spey flavor. For Craigellachie rebels against this". 
This 13-year-old is non-chill filtered and weird but adventurous cordite(gunsmoke) lingering in the background. Nonchill simply means it has not undergone a non-chill filtering process which retains whisky color & flavor naturally. You have to try it to find out. Now enough talk, enjoy my rating notes! 

Vital Stats- Craigellachie 13 Speyside Single Malt Scotch
Price- $48.99
Age- 13 years 
ABV- 46%
Region- Speyside
Distillery- The Craigellachie Distillery, Moray, Scotland
Awards won- 2017 World Whisky Awards, World's Best Single Malt for Craigellachie 31

Tasting info-
Serving glass- The Glencairn glass
Serving style- Neat(Try on the rocks for lesser burn)
Appearance- Dark brandish copper

Aroma- Nice marmalade, vanilla, oak, some toffee notes, cloves & spices
Flavor- Wow! Bold powerful punch. Spicy, smokey with a wired tasting cordite
Body- Full
Finish- Not smooth but has this raw charm, burning long sensation 
SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
Because of its sophistication, strong ABV & flavor it is in my Top spot. Many scotch drinkers might not like this one because of its burning sensation but I loved the sweet flavor after the slow burn. 
Occasions- Connoisseur tating
Cocktail- Old Soul 
Food Pairing- Pork ribs because the rich dark meat complements the strong flavor of this whisky(Rule of thumb for pairing food- If it feels good go for it! 😃

SJ's Pro tip- A must-have versatile drink for any occasion. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this tasting and encourage you to try it. Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly as always. 🥃🥃
Not in the mood to read? Listen to my Single Malt Lives Podcast instead. 

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