Craigellachie 2006-2021, Barrel 900942, 60.4% – Whisky Center (Ignatius I)

A couple of weeks ago Dirk Jan Keijser of Whisky Center kindly sent me some samples from a tasting pack he’s selling with Versaille Dranken in Nijmegen, if I’m not mistaken. It contained some Glenfiddichs which I still have to taste, and two samples of Whisky Center’s own bottlings.

So far, I’ve tried the Whisky Center bottlings, and this post is the review of the youngest one. A 14 year old Craigellachie bottled quite recently. At a massive ABV, I might add. Of course, being the semi-professional whisky geek, I verified all my information on this before I tried it, so I wouldn’t be blown away by the alcohol percentage of this whisky. NOT, obviously.

Sniff:
A rather rich nose, with old wood and soil/dirt/earth. Steeped barley, with hints of pine and a whiff of resin. White bread with poppy seeds.

Sip:
A somewhat sweeter arrival, but the dryness builds. Pink peppercorns, some honey and quite a lot of oak.

Swallow:
The finish is rather classic. Slightly thin, with some straw and grass. Hints of oak, some pine resin.

For a 14 year old whisky this shows quite some character. Luckily the ABV wasn’t too hot, and showed itself mostly in the dryness on the palate.

Overall it’s a tad thin, and that’s my greatest complaint about the whisky. I like that it showed the notes of pine and resin, with poppy seeds and therefore a rather different approach to a lot of middle-of-the-road Craigellachies. Which, let’s be honest, Craigellachie mostly is.

86/100

Image and sample provided by Whisky Center, thanks a lot! It’s available there, too.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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