Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Craigellachie distillery is in the heart of Speyside and, yet, is anything but your typical ‘Speyside’ whisky. Considered old fashioned even in 1891, its fruity, muscular character stems from the use of worm tub condensers which bestow the spirit with extra flavour.
The distillery stands alone in Banffshire in the centre of the Speyside region between Rothes and Dufftown, taking its name from the rock of Craigellachie on which its sits overlooking the confluences of the Rivers Fiddich and Spey. Described as ‘A style seldom met with now’ by famed whisky writer Alfred Barnard, Craigellachie has always been traditional in its methods.
The Gaelic word ‘Craigellachie’ means ‘rocky hill’.
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.
Before being released as a single malt in its own right, Craigellachie was a major contributor to White Horse blended whisky since the late 19th century.
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 son of a local farmer and distiller, he 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.
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