Hunter Laing Craigellachie Tasting Notes

Posted: July 22, 2013 in Craigellachie, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Craigellachie 2003 (12 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2508/ Dist: Apr 2003 Btl: Mar 2016(?)/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Aromas of sweet vanilla and edgy barley with hints of baked fruit, white liquorice and sweet rose petals.

The palate opens with the sweet barley and white fruit with hints of minerals and rose petals. Hionts of caramel and sweet apricot on the middle. Long and mineral with hints of dusty oak and spice. Crisp rose petal after-taste.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Craigellachie 2000 (13 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2252/ Dist: Feb 2000 Btl: June 2013/ Tasted: July 2013

The nose is a bit on the young and cardboardy side with hints of marc, spice and manure.

The palate is dry, cardboardy with an earthy (fusty) note. A little spirity with a touch of barley and citrus but there’s no escaping the cardboard! Raw and hot on the finish.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Craigellachie 2000 (14 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2439/ Dist: Feb 2000 Btl: July 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

Robust but light aromas of sherried fruitcake mix. Slightly earthy and bready with barley, Turkish delight and butterscotch notes.

The palate is quite earthy and a little wartery with a slight metallic note in the background. Again subtle on the sherry fruitcake mix. Good, if slightly austere finish with that metallic note lingering along with the Turkish delight and marc-like notes.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Craigellachie 1995 (18 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2389/ Dist: Nov 1995 Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

A luscious nose of chunky Oloroso. Full and aromatic with chunky coffee grains. It feels a little older than it years. A piercing, fresh orange note appears along with some herbal spices. With time a light balsamic note appears.

The nose opens with the treacle toffee and that’s about it to be honest. Pretty one-dimensional, but very clean with a good dollop of milk chocolate on the middle. Quite a tart citrus finish with a light coffee’d bitterness.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Craigellachie 1995 (20 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2539/ Dist: Sept 1995 Btl: Nov 2015/ Tasted: Dec 2015

Aromas of hard barley, brittle honeycomb, oak, rose petals and subtle baked fruit. The sherry is very subtle and it is left to the sugar to attempt to balance the slightly industrial hardness.

The oak is a little more prominent and creamy on the palate, which is masking the hard barley to a certain extent. Hints of baked fruit and malt on the middle. A little short but mouth-watering as the citrus notes kick in.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Craigellachie 1995 (21 year old) 50%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OMC2647/ Dist: Sept 1995 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A slightly sulphur tainted Oloroso nose with edgy spice, green nuts and a touch of toffee and malt. The sulphur does blow off with time.

The palate is awash with herbal Oloroso and earthy spice. Again there is a slight blemish with the malt, treacle and green nuts coming through. Edgy spice finish with no shortage of drying tannins.



Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Craigellachie 2008 (7 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Quarter Cask Finished

Dist: Apr 2008 Btl: Oct 2015/ Code: HEP0115/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Aromas of beautifully fragrant barley, acacia honey, earth, white fruit and a subtle creamy oak note. With time hints of malt, baked fruit and liquorice.

The palate is relatively complex for a young Craig with sweet barley, fleshy apricot, banana and citrus. Quite mouth-filling with again subtle creamy oak and a touch of sweet spice and granity citrus. Long and oaky with a a little bitter from the cask but the sweet barley counters.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Craigellachie 2008(?) (7 year old) 46%

Bourbon (or refill sherry?)/ Dist: 2008(?) Btl: Oct 2015/ Code: HEP0116/ Tasted: Nov 2015

A fresher, more citric and grassy nose than HEP0115 with herbal barley, white fruit and late earthy notes.

The palate is fuller and maltier with a touch of toasted toffee, barley and light treacle. Subtle wood spice comes through on the middle. Long and malty with a touch of herbal, almost sherried notes in the finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Craigellachie 2008 (7 year old) 46%

Quarter Cask Finished/ Code: HEP0117/ Dist: Apr 2008 Btl: Apr 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

Quite estery and fruity on the nose with apricot, banana, apple and pineapple. What ever is going on here? Craigellachie? Estery and fruity? Whatever next! Hints of lime, gooseberry and creamy oak follow.

The palate is full and fruity. Like the nose estery with pineapple, apricot, apple and white fruit. Good intensity with a touch of oak, grass and minerals. Long with lingering Alsace-like fruit and sweet barley. Is this really Craigellachie?

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Craigellachie 2004 (9 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: HEP0041/ Dist: Oct 2004 Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

Aromas of crunchy barley and juicy dried fruit mingle with hints of licquorice, tobacco and herbal Oloroso notes.

The palate is moist and succulent, opening with some slightly sweet barley and dried fruit. Relatively straightforward but pleasantly deep with lingering dried fruit along with herbal and granity notes.


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