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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Craigellachie 2008-2017 | 8 Year Old Signatory Vintage Cask 800124-800125

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Vendor: Douglas Laing

Craigellachie 2012-2023 | 10 Year Old Douglas Laing Provenance Single Cask DL18155

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Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

Craigellachie 2013-2023 Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 302040

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Vendor: Brave New Spirits (Milroys)

Craigellachie 2014-2023 | 8 Year Old Brave New Spirits Cask Noir Single Cask 22034001

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Craigellachie 2012-2023 | 10 Year Old Signatory Vintage Cask 900695

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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Craigellachie 2010-2023 | 12 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

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Vendor: Alistair Walker Whisky Company

Craigellachie 2007-2021 | 13 Year Old Infrequent Flyers

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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Craigellachie 2010-2021 | 11 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

Vendor: Duncan Taylor

Craigellachie 2008-2021 | 13 Year Old | Duncan Taylor Octave Cask 7529523

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Vendor: The River Tweed Whisky Company

Craigellachie Fruit Basket | Cooper's Choice Single Cask #619

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Vendor: Craigellachie

Craigellachie 13 Year Old

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Craigellachie 1991 | Connoisseurs Choice


There isn't much to say about Craigellachie (pronounced: kray-GELL-ak-ee). A pleasant malt whisky made at a pleasant distillery in a very pleasant spot in the heart of Speyside. Overshadowed on the tourist trail by its neighbour Macallan and even its namesake hotel The Craigellachie Hotel, it seems that it is one of those distilleries that has always been content to chug along quietly in modest obscurity. Although an ideal blenders malt it is also a fine example of a lighter Speyside whisky, one that would surely have a few more fans if it was better known.

Founded: 1891
Stills: 2 Wash 2 Spirit
Water Source: Little Convan hill
Capacity: 3.6 Million Litres
Owners: Bacardi

1960-1975: Expansion.

Craigellachie was expanded to a four still distillery in 1964 and partially modernised at the time, although its stills were not converted to steam until 1972, which was quite late by industry standards at the time. There are a few bottlings available from this period, most of them are excellent aged examples that display loads of delicate, lush fruity tones with hints of wax, resin, and spice. A Cadenheads 1962 16yo Dumpy bottling is a spectacular example of old-style Craigellachie if you can find it. While there is also a great Murray McDavid 1970 33yo and a fantastic 1962 25yo done by Moncreiffe for Meregalli in Italy.

1975-Present: A Quiet Speysider.

Little has happened to disturb Craigellachie over the years. Since its expansion works during the sixties almost nothing of note has happened. This is somehow comforting when you think of the rose-tinted romantic image of a distillery just chugging away unchanged through the generations. Things are not quite like this at Craigellachie but it does still produce a classy make that is both accessible to novice drinkers and filled with enough complexities to entertain more hardened malt fanatics.

The character of the make in recent years and at younger ages is one dominated by honey, distinctive floral aspects, a little wax, spice, and candied fruit characters. There has been a slow but reliable trickle of bottlings throughout the years so examples are never too difficult to lay hands on. The official 14yo that Bacardi launched in 2004 is a fine introduction to this distilleries make and is relatively affordable by comparison to many of its contemporary counterparts. Let's hope it stays that way.