Craigellachie 13 Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750 mL


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Craigellachie Distillery

“The location of the town in the heart of the Speyside region (where the rivers Fiddich and Spey meet) makes it an excellent location for a ‘base camp’ for whisky hunters. Another point of touristic interest is the Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre. The Craigellachie distillery itself (most of it fairly ‘functional’ as it was refurbushed in the 1960’s) does not have a visitor centre, but most whisky tourists will most likely be more interested in that other distillery in Craigellachie anyway; Macallan. The Macallan distillery is located on the other side of the river Spey, west of the village.” -Caskers, online

The Whisky: Not your typical Speyside! Some say it’s Craigellachie’s insistence on using “worm tubs” for the cooling, condensing process that contributes to its slightly-left of typical Speyside profile—they’re one of the only distilleries left in Scotland who do. Others say that’s mostly bluster. We say it’s worth trying and deciding for yourself!

The ‘worm’ refers to the long, coiled copper tube attached to the lyne arm of the pot still, and the ‘tub’ refers to the large wooden vat to which the worm is fitted. Before the introduction of ‘shell and tube’ condensers, the worm tub was the only means of condensing alcohol vapour back into liquid form.

Bottling Note: “One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery’s output. Oodles of dynamic fruit notes with a distinctive current of smoke running through the middle. Single malt Craigellachie hasn’t been seen much outside of indie bottlings recently, so this is an ace return to our glasses from the distillery!” – Master of Malt, online

Tasting Notes from Whisky Gospel, online:

Nose: First thing that comes to mind is that it’s very meaty and
chewy, some nuts and cream, struck matches air & fire, light and fresh sulphur – it’s not that harsh sulphur that we often encounter (like in some Glen Scotia for example) and it’s iintertwined with apples and light fruits sweetness and overall a very fresh and gentle nose. With time, the suplhur and fireworks/matches get stronger but still mild and sweet.

Additional information

Weight 48 oz
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 17 in