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Craigellachie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information

Craigellachie Malt Whisky Distillery History

The Craigellachie Distillery Co Ltd was founded by a partnership of Blenders & Merchants; principle partners included Alexander Edward, involved with Aultmore and Benrinnes, and Peter Mackie owner of Lagavulin 1888.


Building work on the distillery was completed in 1891 the layout and design was by the renowned architect Charles Doig of Elgin.


There was a hamlet of 17 distillery tied houses nearby. During the1920s the company gave annual prizes for the best-kept gardens..


Edward withdrew from the partnership in Craigellachie in 1900 and by 1915 Peter Mackie had control of the business. The company was wholly acquired by Mackie & Co. Ltd, owners of the White Horse brand, in 1919.


The directors of the company appreciated the quality of the malt whisky produced, so instead of all the whisky going in to the White Horse blend. The distillery was allowed to continue to make available some production as a single malt.


After the death of Sir Peter Mackie in 1927 the company was acquired by DCL. 3 years later control was transferred to SMD.


The distillery was rebuilt at some point in 1964-65 the number of stills was doubled to four.


Cask filling stopped in 1995 since then all the spirit is tankered away for centralised filling, subsequently the cask warehouses were demolished..


Along with Aberfeldy, Aultmore and Royal Brackla the distillery was sold to John Dewar & Sons in 1998.


Craigellachie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Craigellachie Single Malt Scotch Whisky 14 year old .


Craigellachie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings

Craigellachie22 year old 1973 Rare malts Selection

60.2% abv Released1996


Craigellachie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings

Berrys's Own Selection


Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Dewar Rattery

Mission (Murray McDavid),

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Platinum (Douglas Laing),

Provenance (Douglas Laing),

Scotts Selection (Speyside Distillers)



Craigellachie Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1989

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Colour: Bright amber


Nose: Sweet, fruity and herbal aromas - appple skins with hints of mint and menthol. Some sherry wood notes also present.

Palate: Sweet initially followed by a burst of peat smoke and charred oak. A sweet, malty note and a trace of sherry.


With Water

Nose: More herbal, grassy notes evident with a rich, mulled fruit element. A touch of smokiness on the edge.

Palate: Smoky with sweet spicy flavours - cinnamon and

aniseed. A touch of sherried fruitiness.

Body: Medium.

Finish: Sweet - sherry and dark chocolate.

Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogsheads.

Whisky Style: A pleasant dramming Whisky.

Craigellachie Distillery, Craigellachie,



AB38 9ST

Tel: +44 (0)1340 872970


No Visitor Facilities.

Founded in 1888 by Alexander Edward and Peter Mackie

Location: Speyside region Aberlour district.

Water source Spring on Little Conval hill


Craigellachie Distilling Equipment


Stainless steel lauter mash tun

8 Oregon pine washbacks

4 high capacity pot stills (2 Wash stills 2 Spirit stills)

Craigellachie Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Barley, hint of smoke.


Palate: Full bodied whisky, chewy malt, abundance of fruit,

apples, pears, oranges, sweet.


Finish: Oranges, delicate smoke.