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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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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
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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
$81.31
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
$94.84
Craigellachie filled hogshead #7286 in November 1996 and left it to mature. In September 2013, the cask was opened and the whisky was bottled for the Single Malts of Scotland range. 312 bottles were...  More info
$95.87
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
$98.07
This is a 15 year old, single cask Craigellachie from Douglas Laing. It was distilled in December 1997 before a refill hogshead maturation. It was bottled for the Old Malt Cask range in January 2013...  More info
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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
$121.13
Fancy some Craigellachie? We reckon this Douglas Laing bottling of their single malt might be a good choice if you're in a mood for an interesting Sherried Speysider. It was distilled in November 1995...  More info
$131.17
This is a twelve year old Craigellachie from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Malt Cask Range. This Speysider has been aged in an ex-sherry butt and displays lots of fruity flavours.  More info
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
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 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
A 12 year old Craigellachie from Signatory. This was distilled in 1999 and aged in two bourbon barrels before bottling with no added colouring on the 13th December 2011. A release of 633 numbered...  More info
$53.01
This was distilled at Craigellachie in 2000 and it was bottled in 2011 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Incredibly malty and biscuity!  More info
$55.89
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
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
$58.64
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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$59.84
A 12 year old Craigellachie, bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range.  More info
$65.66
A 12 year old Craigellachie, bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range and was distilled in the autumn of 1999.  More info
$66.94
A Gordon and Macphail bottling of the smashing Highland malt from Craigellachie.  More info
$68.47
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
$68.84
We've got a long list of favour Hepburns, from Audrey to Katherine to the late '90s pop-punk band called Hepburn, and of course the Hepburn's Choice selection of independently bottled whiskies! This...  More info
$71.03
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
$71.88
A young Craigellachie from Duncan Taylor, offering fresh notes of fruit and mint.  More info
$74.36
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