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Craigellachie

The distillery was built in 1891 in Banffshire at the very heart of Speyside, between Rothes and Dufftown. Here are green pastures and heather-field and the distillery is in close proximity to the blissful confluence of rivers Spey and Fiddich. From the whisky distillery, perched high on the rock of Craigellachie, one can gaze over the village and namesake, and the quaint John Telford-designed bridge which crosses the river Spey. The water is drawn from a spring on Conval Hill and feeds the 3.6 million litre annual capacity of Craigellachie distillery. Co-founded by Alexander Edward, of Aultmore fame, and Peter Mackie, of the blending company White Horse, the buildings were designed by the reputable Speyside architect, Charles Doig.

Lodgings were provided for the workforce in the form of terraced cottages. Each had their own small garden and every year White Horse would award the tenant with the best-kept garden. The casks and subsequent maturations are based off-site and the new make spirit is transported from Craigellachie to Dewar's Glasgow warehousing facilities. Dewar's have owned the distillery since Bacardi Martini acquired the company from Diageo in 1998. There have been independent bottlings as well as the sole official house bottling, the 2004-released fourteen year-old Craigellachie single malt.

Craigellachie Whisky Distillery

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About Craigellachie Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 872971

Distillery Founded

1891

Distillery Capacity

3 600 000 litres

Distillery Address

Aberlour, Banffshire AB38 9ST

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Craigellachie, Banffshire

Distillery Owner

John Dewar & Sons (Bacardi)

1891

The distillery is built by Craigellachie–Glenlivet Distillery Company which has Alexander Edward and Peter Mackie as part-owners. The famous Charles Doig is the architect.

1898

Production does not start until this year.

1916

Mackie & Company Distillers Ltd takes over.

1924

Peter Mackie dies and Mackie & Company changes name to White Horse Distillers.

1927

White Horse Distillers are bought by Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1930

Administration is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD), a subsidiary of DCL.

1964

Refurbishing takes place and two new stills are bought, increasing the number to four.

1998

United Distillers & Vintners (UDV) sells Craigellachie, together with Aberfeldy, Brackla and Aultmore and the blending company John Dewar & Sons to Bacardi Martini.

2004

The first bottlings from the new owners are a new 14 year old which replaces UDV’s Flora & Fauna and a 21 year old cask strength from 1982 produced for Craigellachie Hotel.

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A particularly pleasing Craigellachie, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. This 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in May 1999 and placed in a refill hogshead to...  More info
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10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery in Speyside. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance series, which celebrates the seasons of whisky making. This tasty expression is...  More info
$67.74
A 12 year old, 2000 vintage, single cask Craigellachie from Duncan Taylor. This was bottled at natural cask strength for the Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller casks for increased...  More info
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Housed in a handsome decanter, this Douglas Laing Premier Barrel release of single cask Craigellachie is 8 years old. 420 of these classy chaps were made.  More info
$96.50
11 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Craigellachie distillery in the Speyside region. This bottling comes from the A. D. Rattray Whisky Experience up in Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. The whisky was...  More info
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Single malt Craigellachie whisky, distilled in Speyside in 1997 and matured in first fill Sherry Hogsheads. In 2013, it was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
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A single cask, 8 year old Craigellachie, this was distilled in 2002 and aged in a single sherry butt before bottling by Signatory 2011. A release of 681 bottles.  More info
$74.03
This was distilled at the Craigellachie distillery in 1999 and aged for 11 years before it was bottled un-chillfiltered and without caramel colouring in 2011 for Duncan Taylor's NC2 range.  More info
$70.73
This was distilled at Craigellachie in 2000 and it was bottled in 2011 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Incredibly malty and biscuity!  More info
$54.99
A 12 year old Craigellachie distilled on the 3rd February 1998, aged in hogshead number 66 and bottled on the 3rd December 2010. An outturn of 441 bottles.  More info
A 14 year old distillery bottling from Craigellachie. This is the previous edition, discontinued in 2007, quite hard to find now.  More info
One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery's output. Oodles of...  More info
$70.78
A vintage Craigellachie, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled on the 3rd February 1998, matured in 2 hogsheads (numbers 58 and 59) and bottled on the 23rd February 2009. An outturn of 973 bottles.  More info
A Gordon and Macphail bottling of the smashing Highland malt from Craigellachie.  More info
$67.38
A Speyside single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Connoisseur's Choice range, this 1990 vintage from the Craigellachie distillery is a rich, full-bodied dram.  More info
A young and feisty 10 year old Craigellachie from Signatory. Punchy, no doubt - matured in a single sherry butt that produced 642 bottles at natural cask strength.  More info
$88.37
This was distilled at the Craigellachie distillery in Summer 2002 before a 10 year maturation in a single cask (a refill sherry butt). It was bottled for the Provenance range in Winter 2012.  More info
$67.74
Distilled on the 30th August 1999, this is a 13 year old, bourbon barrel-matured Craigellachie. It was bottled for Signatory in September 2012.  More info
$57.70
This Craigellachie has been bottled at nine years of age for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection and is a vibrant Speyside style.  More info
$84.40
Bottled at 46%ABV - slightly higher than previous Connoisseurs Choice releases - this is beautiful 1993 vintage Craigellachie. It was aged in remade refill American Hogsheads and it has a medium body.  More info
$84.83
A 12 year old Craigellachie, bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range and was distilled in the autumn of 1999.  More info
$65.87
A 12 year old Craigellachie distilled in 1999 and bottled with no colouring or chill-filtration by Douglas Laing for their handsomely packaged Premier Barrel selection.  More info
$97.84
A single cask Craigellachie distilled in December 1997, aged in a refill hogshead for 14 years and bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range in February 2012. A release of 354 bottles.  More info
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A cask strength Craigellachie from Duncan Taylor's Octave range. This was distilled in 1999 and aged for 12 years - some of which time was spent in a small octave cask which imparted additional spice...  More info
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This eleven year old Craigellachie was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample...  More info
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