Craigellachie distillery was founded in 1891 by a group of merchants & blenders which included Alexander Edward.

The distillery is located in Craigellachie, Aberlour, Banffshire and production started in 1898.

Mackie & Co. bought Craigellachie in 1916 and changed their name to White Horse Distillers in 1924 to reflect the name of their blended whisky.

DCL purchased White Horse in 1927 and then became SMD in 1930.


Craigellachie was extended in 1964 when the number of stills was doubled from two to four and the buildings were refurbished.

Bacardi Martini purchased John Dewar in 1998 and with that became the new owners of Craigellachie distillery which now has a capacity of around 2.7 million litres of pure alcohol per year.


Distillery photo with kind permission by Teun Van Wel


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  Craigellachie General whisky characteristics: Fresh, light and summery  

Craigellachie,  31y, 52.2% ABV

Batch No.04-6137

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich yellow gold

Nose: Very aromatic with a lightly perfumed character but also cereal, malt, perhaps oat cakes? It's also sweet but becomes much fresher after 4-5 minutes in the glass. After a further 2-3 minutes I'm reminded of the smells from a dentist's surgery.

Palate: Mildly peppery tingle but with flavours of vanilla and freshly baked sponge cake.

Finish: Long

Overall Impression: Maybe a little difficult to exactly describe the palate but quite delicious.





Signatory, Craigellachie, 11y, 43% ABV

Distilled 3.2.1998, bottled 23.3.2009, casks 58&59, bottle 731 of 973

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Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Extremely pale, not far removed from water.

Nose: Very fresh, malt, slight hints of citrus and just a touch of leather and straw.

Palate: Also fresh and almost minty with a faint cross between lemon and grapefruit hovering in the background behind some light popcorn.

Finish: Long

Overall Impression: A very light and fresh whisky, perhaps one for balmy Summer evenings.










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