History of Craigellachie whisky distillery

Craigellachie whisky distillery is Aberlour, Banffshire, in the centre of the Speyside region of Scotland.  The name Craigellachie means 'rocky hill' and refers to teh cliff that overlooks the Spey across from The Macallan distillery.

The Craigellachie distillery was built in 1891 by Craigellachie Distillery Co. Limited, a group of blenders and merchants led by Alexander Edward. Two years later, it was incorporated as a limited company and in 1896 it was reconstructed as Craigellachie-Glenlivet Distillery Ltd.

During the years that followed, ownership passed to Peter Mackie (in 1916), the Distillery Company Limited (in 1927) and SMD (in 1930). The transfer to SMD marked the beginning of a period of stability for Craigellachie; apart from a reconstruction in 1964-65 during which the number of pot stills was doubled, relatively little happened at the distillery. In 1998, it was sold to John Dewar & Sons.

During its history, the distillery has released only a handful of official bottlings. The distillery's product is currently primarily used for Dewar's blended whisky. 

Whisky from Craigellachie

Craigellachie is often used in blends because of its unique 'meaty' characteristics, the result of the low copper content of the worm tubes used to cool the spirit as it comes off the stills.  This makes single cask releases a special opportunity to enjoy Craigellachie whisky in its raw form.

Craigellachie's distillery character is big and meaty, with notes of smoke and spice, backed by some dried fruit and apple.  Single cask releases can lend themselves well to a range of cask finishes, including ex-sherry.

Buy a cask of Craigellachie whisky

The Single Cask has some great Craigellachie casks in our warehouses.  If you're interested in buying a cask of Craigellachie please contact us today for a free, no obligation quote.  We can also offer a range of bottling services, making the whole process of creating your very own whisky easy.

Sell a cask of Craigellachie whisky

The Single Cask has a great history of buying and bottling single cask Craigellachie whisky.  Often we buy our casks direct from the distillery, but we are also pleased to buy Craigellachie casks from private individuals.  If you have a Craigellachie cask that you're looking to sell, please contact us today for a free, no obligation, quote on how much we could pay you for your cask.

Craigellachie distillery details

Address: Craigellachie Distillery, Charlestown of Aberlour, AB38 9ST

Website: www.craigellachie.com

Telephone number: +44 1340 881271

Open for tours: no