Craigellachie 8 Years Old 2008 Hepburn’s Choice ~ 46% (Langside)

Whisky Review: Craigellachie 8 Years Old 2008 Hepburn’s Choice

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Craigellachie Distillery

Bottling: Langside; Hepburn’s Choice

ABV: 46%

Cost: £41.39 from Master of Malt


What they say:

8 year old Craigellachie single malt finished in a wine cask and bottled by Langside for the Hepburn’s Choice range. This was distilled in 2008 and bottled 8 years later in 2016 with an outturn of 293 bottles produced.


Apricot, cashews, oat and dried red berries.


Chocolate and red apples, with developing notes of red grapes and jammy blackcurrant.


Touches of meaty malt and cranberry.

What I say:

Another 20cl bottle from the Hepburn’s choice range, this time an 8 year old Craigellachie finished in a wine (?) cask, providing an inexpensive taste of this usually slightly sulphuric Speyside distillery.


Pale gold (4/20) large oily tears leave thick legs


Light caramel or runny honey sweetness, citric lemon, biscuity barley, sulphur, matches, mixed unsalted nuts


Vanilla, light caramel, citric and sweet lemon juice, sulphur, fireworks, struck matches, hints of red fruits, cranberry?


Medium length, bitter oak wood and lemon, hints of sulphur linger


Another sulphur dominant Craigellachie but not unpleasant, a distinct lack of other flavours/aromas to the same intensity had me questioning if this was a red or white wine cask finish as nothing dominated.

Score: 75/100

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