Craigellachie Distillery, Speyside

Craigellachie Distillery, Speyside

The name Craigellachie (pronounced Craig-ella-ki), means 'rocky hill' and refers to the cliff that overlooks the Spey. In fact, the nearby town of Craigellachie was built on this cliff in the mid-1700s. The location of the town in the heart of Speyside, where the Fiddich meets the Spey and the district's main roads cross - between Dufftown, Aberlour, and Rothes, is an excellent base camp for those following the “whisky trail”.

The town has a bridge, a cooperage, and two distilleries. The Craigellachie distillery stands to the southeast of the Spey, northwest is Macallan. It was founded in 1888 by Peter J.Mackie, nicknamed Restless Peter, also the creator of the legendary White Horse blend and owner of the Lagavulin Distillery, in a joint venture with another important figure in the whisky world in those times: Alexander Edwards of the Benrinnes distillery.

It became part of Diageo and it was subsequently acquired by the Bacardi group. The single malt is full-flavoured and robust, though balanced by some fruity notes. The character is due to the short fermentation and massive stills, plus traditional worm tub condensers. The overall effect is a savoury malt, with a slight hint of spent matches.

(Adapted from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2024)

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