Craigellachie sits firm in the heart of Speyside, flat bang in the middle of Scotch territory. It obstinately stands alone on a rock overlooking the confluence of the rivers Fiddich and Spey. But rid your mind of that typical ‘Speyside’ FLAVOUR, for Craigellachie rebels against this.
It consciously makes no concessions to modern-day house rules. Craigellachie is an unapologetic and unique whisky, robust and muscular with a hint of pineapple. The distillery was built in 1891, when the great Alfred Barnard described their whisky as 'a style seldom met', and they've been old fashioned - in style and flavour - ever since.
The 23 year expression of this malt has malty sweetness and a fresh tropical fruit note beginning this sensory journey with elements of citrus and toasted oak. Vanilla and spicy cinnamon emerge, invigorated with a zing of menthol freshness.
"Easy enough to say honey on toast: accurate, too. But it is the variation of honeys which impresses, along with the salt and pepper seasoning; ulmo honey, inevitably, leads the way. But it doesn’t get far before a surge of ultra intense malt washes over it – remarkable considering its age. The oak, through vanilla, isn’t far behind"
Jim Murray - Whisky Bible 2017
Double Gold, "Best in Show", "Best Single Malt Aged 20+ Years" - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2015