2010 Berry Bros. & Rudd Craigellachie, Cask Ref. 10028, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (60.6%)

2010 Berry Bros. & Rudd Craigellachie, Cask Ref. 10028, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (60.6%)

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2010 Berry Bros. & Rudd Craigellachie, Cask Ref. 10028, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (60.6%)

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‘Situated in the village from which it takes its name, Craigellachie looks across the Spey to the more famous Macallan distillery. Craigellachie was known to me initially as one of the key ingredients of White Horse blends but is now owned by Dewar’s to which its muscular malt adds much character.’

Doug McIvor, Reserve Spirits Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd

The heavy distillate from Craigellachie works wonderfully in ex-sherry wood, powerful aromas of struck matches and malting barley roll into muscular notes of dates, clove rock and sultana bread. The palate is incredibly thick bringing a waxy character carried with honey, almonds, prunes with bursts of lime and mango towards the back palate. Wood spice dominates on the f inish with an array of baking spices dancing across the tongue. Powerful, complex. cerebral and moreish!

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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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Speyside Whisky

Speyside Whisky

To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.

Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.

Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.

The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’. 

Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.

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