The Craigellachie distillery was built in 1891 by Craigellachie Distillery Co. Limited, a group of blenders and merchants led by Alexander Edward. Two years later, it was incorporated as a limited company and in 1896 it was reconstructed as Craigellachie-Glenlivet Distillery Ltd.
During the years that followed, ownership passed to Peter Mackie (in 1916), the Distillery Company Limited (in 1927) and SMD (in 1930). The transfer to SMD marked the beginning of a period of stability for Craigellachie; apartfrom a reconstruction in 1964-65 during which the number of pot stills was doubled, relatively little happened at the distillery. In 1998, it was sold to John Dewar & Sons.
During its history, the distillery has released only a handful of official bottlings. The distillery’s product is currently primarily used for Dewar’s blended whisky.
In 2015, Craigellachie 12 year and 15 year were released as part of the Dewar & Sons’ Last Great Malts of Scotland.
Craigellachie Whisky Reviews:
- Craigellachie 13 Years Old (46%, OB, 2015)
- Craigellachie 17 Years Old (46%, OB, 2015)
- Craigellachie 23 Years Old (46%, OB, 2015)
Gordon & MacPhail
- Craigellachie 8 Years Old 2008 Hepburn’s Choice (46%, Langside Distillers, Wine Cask Finished, 293 Bottles, 2016)
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
- Craigellachie 15 Years Old 1999 44.63 Zesty, zingy and alive (55.4%, SMWS, Refill Butt, 261 Bottles, 2014)