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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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It used to be a rather rare sight to see an official bottling of Craigellachie single malt. Well after years of waiting, in 2014, four turned up all at once! The 17 year old expression really shows...  More info
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18 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. This Sherried Speysider was distilled back in November 1995 and left to mature in...  More info
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One of four official bottlings from the Craigellachie distillery released in 2014 (after a long time of seeing very few official bottlings of theirs). The 23 year old is the oldest of the bunch...  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
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A light, relaxed Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This was distilled in spring 2006 and set aside to mature in a single Sherry butt for eight...  More info
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An independent bottling of 8 year old Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky, matured in two hogshead casks. It was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2015 with an outturn of 725 bottles, presented by...  More info
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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