Until 2014 Craigellachie was not widely available as a single malt, but that year the owner of the distillery, John Dewar & Sons, released expressions at 13, 17, 19 (duty free only) and 23 years old to widespread acclaim. This single cask from Loch Fyne Whiskies is an excellent example of the make and has been matured in an active Spanish oak ex-Oloroso butt.
The distillery was the brain-child of a remarkable young man, Alexander Edward, in partnership of ‘Restless’ Peter Mackie, the owner of Lagavulin Distillery and the famous White Horse brand of blended Scotch. The rich, oily spirit – the distillery’s worm-tubs account for this – immediately became the core malt in the White Horse blend.
The son of a local farmer and distiller, Alexander Edward had acquired the lease of Benrinnes Distillery from his father in 1888, when he was twenty-three years old. Building at Craigellachie commenced in 1890, under the direction of Charles Doig of Elgin, the leading distillery designer of the day, and the distillery went into production a year later.