Craigellachie Distillery sits nestled in the heart of Speyside atop a rock overlooking the confluence of two great rivers, the Fiddich and the Spey. It has been producing whisky since 1891 and its current distilling capacity reaches 4 million liters per annum. Craigellachie is a major component of Dewar’s, White Horse and William Lawson’s brands and most of the output goes for blending. Craigellachie single malt remained quite unknown until 2014, when the owners, John Dewar & Sons (subsidiary of Bacardi) launched campaign “Last Great Malts of Scotland”, which included four expressions – 13, 17, 19 and 23 years old.
Nose: slightly oily, summer meadow, honey, vanilla, apples, bananas, melons, pineapples, hay, cedar wood, tobacco and a touch of sulphur.
Palate: fruity and herbal, oranges, grapefruits, baked apples, nutmeg, pepper, cocoa powder, caramel, oak and a hint of struck matchstick.
Finish: pretty long, with notes of orange zest, pepper, cloves, oak tannins and hint of sulphur.