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Craigellachie

Craigellachie Distillery

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The Craigellachie distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Aberlour, Banffshire near the village of Craigellachie at the centre of the Speyside whisky producing area of Scotland. The name Craigellachie means ‘rocky hill’ and refers to the cliff that overlooks the Spey across from The Macallan distillery.

Bacardi operates the distillery through its subsidiary Dewar & Sons. Dewar & Sons also controls Royal Brackla, Aberfeldy, Aultmore, and Macduff.

History

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, Craigeleachie 12 year and 15 year were released as part of the Dewar & Sons’ Last Great Malts of Scotland.

Craigellachie Whisky Reviews:

  • craigellachie-12-year-old-2004-a-rare-find-gleann-mor-whisky Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2004 A Rare Find ~ 57.2% (Gleann Mór) - Review: Craigellachie 12 Year Old 2004 A Rare Find Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Craigellachie Distillery Bottling: Gleann Mór ABV: 57.2% Cost: £65.46 from Master of Malt What they say: Distilled 26th February 2004, this Craigellachie single malt was bottled over 12 years later on 10th August 2016 with 233 bottles produced from […]
  • Craigellachie 13 Years Old 1999 ~ 43% (Signatory) - Craigellachie 13 Years Old 1999 Speyside single malt scotch whisky 43% ABV, £36.67 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: Distilled on the 30th August 1999, this is a 13 year old, bourbon barrel-matured Craigellachie. It was bottled for Signatory in September 2012. Nose: Spiced and rich with notes of pear drops and apple peel. […]
  • Craigellachie 13 Years Old Craigellachie 13 Years Old ~ 46% (Bacardi) - Craigellachie 13 Years Old ~ 46% (Bacardi Ltd.) Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £41.95 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: Craigellachie distillery sits nestled in the heart of Speyside atop a rock overlooking the confluence of two great rivers, the Fiddich and the Spey. The distillery was built by Peter Mackie and Alexander Edward in 1891 […]
  • SMWS-NLtasting 03/02/2015 Craigellachie 15 Years Old 1999 44.63 Zesty, zingy and alive ~ 55.4% (SMWS) - Craigellachie 15 Years Old 1999 – 44.63 Zesty, zingy and alive Speyside single malt scotch whisky 55.4% ABV, £49.20 buy from SMWS Score: 86/100 What they say: Cask 44.63 Colour: Pale straw Flavour: Light & delicate The nose was attractively light, citric and biscuity (vanilla, iced gems, creme Anglaise, cherry cola, stewed apricots); some panellists detected […]
  • Craigellachie 17 Years Old Craigellachie 17 Years Old ~ 46% (Bacardi) - Craigellachie 17 Years Old ~ 46% (Bacardi Ltd.) Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £80.95 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: Craigellachie distillery sits nestled in the heart of Speyside atop a rock overlooking the confluence of two great rivers, the Fiddich and the Spey. The distillery was built by Peter Mackie and Alexander Edward in 1891 […]
  • craigellachie-1997-bottled-2014-connoisseurs-choice-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Craigellachie 1997 Connoisseurs Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Craigellachie 1997 Connoisseurs Choice (Bottled 2014) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Craigellachie Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £64.32 from Master of Malt What they say: Gordon & MacPhail, one of the world’s leading single malt whisky specialists, has selected a special series of whiskies to showcase the […]
  • Craigellachie 23 Years Old Craigellachie 23 Years Old ~ 46% (Bacardi) - Craigellachie 23 Years Old ~ 46% (Bacardi Ltd.) Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £330 for 70cl Score: 89/100 What they say: Craigellachie distillery sits nestled in the heart of Speyside atop a rock overlooking the confluence of two great rivers, the Fiddich and the Spey. The distillery was built by Peter Mackie and […]
  • craigellachie-8-year-old-2008-hepburns-choice-langside-whisky 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 […]
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