Craigellachie

Distillery Bottlings

Posted 21 May 2018

Whilst Lyndsey Gray has been managing the Quaich Bar for the past four years, ‘managing’ is rather underselling her role at the Craigellachie Hotel. Working with the likes of Charles MacLean and Dave Broom, Lyndsey has helped curate the rather cosmic collection, which extends across three of the four walls of the well fitted, but very comfortable wood-heavy bar. When I caught up with her last week she was still in recovery mode following the Spirit of Speyside Festival – an event which helps drive whisky tourism, but one that is the bane of anyone trying to maintain an up to date accurate whisky list.


Independent Bottlings

Cadenhead's


Posted 01 March 2018

Bacardi’s Craigellachie sits alongside Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Macduff and Royal Brackla as part of the Dewars & Sons group of distilleries. Until recently, it’s not a distillery that you really would have seen much of, save for independent bottlings  – until 2014 there was only a 40% 14 year old, a 43% 14 year old (Flora and Fauna bottling) and a handful of special editions produced for local venues including the nearby Craigellachie Hotel. Then, as part of Bacardi’s Last Great Malts series, a veritable sea of Craigellachie bottles have been released over the last four years, introducing the distillery to a much wider audience. One of these releases included the 31 year old ‘Very Old Reserve’, which went on to win Best Single Malt at the World Whisky Awards in 2017.


Scotch Malt Whisky Society


Posted 05 April 2018

Distilled in February of 2007 this Craigellachie has spent its life maturing in a refill ex-bourbon barrel. Spicy & Dry profile.


Posted 08 November 2018

I always have time for this Speysider – this example was distilled in February 2007 and matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel. Sweet & spicy profile.


Posted 02 September 2019

An interestingly categorised (given the distinctively un-coastal location) Craigellachie that’s slumbered in a refill ex-bourbon barrel for 12 years.


Posted 02 May 2019

We’ve seen a few sherried Craigellachie’s over the last few outturns – this one is delivered au naturale from a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel. View on SMWS


Posted 01 August 2019

Over to Speyside for a 14 year old Craigellachie that’s been matured in a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel.

View on SMWS


Posted 28 February 2019

Sherry lovers rejoice – the Society have definitely got you covered this month with a Craigellachie that’s spent 13 years in an oloroso butt before being reracked for yet more sherry – into a 1st fill moscatel hogshead. View on SMWS


Posted 04 April 2019

Last month’s sherried Craigellachie (44.100) really did blow me away, so this one has some big shoes to fill. 13 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead with a 1st fill PX finish. View SMWS


Posted 06 June 2019

This Cragellachie spent 14 years in ex-bourbon hogshead before being finished in a 2nd fill red wine barrique.

View on SMWS


That Boutique-y Whisky Company


Posted 24 December 2018

It’s the penultimate day of the 2018 Boutique-y Whisky Advent calendar, and we have one final visit to Speyside to make before the finale. Craigellachie has long been prized by blenders for its inherent character – weighty, fruity distillate resulting from both the use worm tubs, and a particularly long fermentation. As such, whilst it’s presence has been felt in blends such as White Horse since the 19th Century, it was not until 2014 that current owners Dewars/Bacardi really pushed the distillery as a single malt in its own right.


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