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The name "Craigellachie" resonates through whisky circles mainly due to the iconic Quaich bar at the hotel. A Craigellachie dram...is a rare find...

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Craigellachie Hotel, Aberlour, Banffshire.
The Quaich Bar with over 700 malt whiskies wrapped around the walls.

Craigellachie Distillery.
The Craigellachie Distillery and the surrounding picturesque village, takes its name from the huge cliff that dominates the landscape and actually means "rocky hill". Built in 1891, it is now, along with John Dewar & Son and Aberfeldy, owned by Bacardi Martini. Due to the size of the stills, some of the biggest in the industry and the use of traditional worm tubs, the spirit vapours are exposed to far less copper than in most Speyside distilleries, resulting in a unusually robust whisky with barrel loads of character. Unfortunately most of the Craigellachie malt production goes into the Dewar's blends, so there is very little out there..........

Craigellachie 1999 11yo Single Malt Duncan Taylor's "The Octave" Cask No:752330 54.8%
Rumtopf 'n toffee 'n all that spice. Eventually the cereal rears its peppery head and as the abv evaporates, volumes of vanilla assail the nostrils.
Profoundly and deliciously sweet on the palate, molten toffee, then hot sweet chilli, leaving the barley to play fisticuffs with the sherry oak, drying and lingering on the finish. 90
I'm always concerned about adding water to cask-strength whiskies dampening the fizz and the buzz but this time the dram opens up with sweet lemon on the nose and injects the vanilla with steroids. Simply stunning. 93


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