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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 House 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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This was distilled at Craigellachie in 2000 and it was bottled in 2011 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Incredibly malty and biscuity!  More info
$59.37
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
$73.13
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
$91.58
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
$98.87
This Craigellachie has been bottled at nine years of age for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection and is a vibrant Speyside style.  More info
$91.12
This Speysider was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2011 at natural cask strength and without colouring or chill filtration.  More info
$142.61
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
$62.29
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
$95.40
Spending 11 years in a sherry butt has undoubtedly made this Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky rather tasty indeed. A single cask release independently bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength...  More info
$105.19
In August 1999, two bourbon barrels were filled at the Craigellachie distillery. 14 years later, in November 2013, these two barrels were cracked open and the single malt Scotch whisky was poured into...  More info
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