Archive For The “Craigellachie” Category

Craigellachie Coming Through With a Lovely Sherry Bomb

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Craigellachie Coming Through With a Lovely Sherry Bomb

It’s well known that Gordon and MacPhail has their own approach to barrels. They source their own casks, with a specialty in sherry casks from Jerez, and have them filled at the distilleries. They currently own some 35,000 casks maturing in Elgin, at Benromach and in various distilleries. G&M bottles about 1000 casks every year….

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A 12 Year Old Craigellachie Done Right

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A 12 Year Old Craigellachie Done Right

My review of the Craigellachie 13 was quite unequivocal about how much I disliked that expression. Today I’ll be reviewing a 12 year old single cask bottled by Wemyss Malts that is one of the most interesting Craigellachie expressions I’ve had, even though it’s somewhat untamed and sits right on the cusp of losing its…

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A Seven Year Old Craigelleachie – Whisky Live Tel Aviv 2015 Bottling

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A Seven Year Old Craigelleachie – Whisky Live Tel Aviv 2015 Bottling

There’s some real history being made here. In the summer there were a couple of travel retail exclusive bottlings for Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (and you can see my review of the controversial Aultmore XO, and there was also a Craigellechie 18 I didn’t get to taste), but those are limited to people flying…

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Craigellachie 23 – Good Whisky, but What’s Up with the Pricing?

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Craigellachie 23 – Good Whisky, but What’s Up with the Pricing?

Before I get to the whisky itself, which is really good, although I liked the 17 better, I have to say something about pricing. Back in August, when the range was announced, I thought these new expressions, in the “Last Great Malts” series bringing the Dewar’s distilleries single malts to market were the biggest news…

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Craigellachie 19 – Travel Retail and a Step Back

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Craigellachie 19 – Travel Retail and a Step Back

Age does not denote quality in whisky. Don’t take this as a statement of support of NAS, as I’m pretty vocal about my opposition to the practice. Not because it’s necessarily bad whisky, but because the consumer has a right to know all there is to know about the whisky he buys. Young whisky can…

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Craigellachie 17 – the Hidden Gem of this Range

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Craigellachie 17 – the Hidden Gem of this Range

Once again, I’ll evoke the principle of de gustibus non est disputandum and take a different direction than others who have written on this series (namely my friend and colleague Yoav of Whisky Gospel) . There are quite a few distilleries that I find a lower range expression to be better than a higher expression, and Craigellachie…

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Bacardi Breaks into Single Malt Market With the Craigellachie 13

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Bacardi Breaks into Single Malt Market With the Craigellachie 13

Craigellachie is spearheading Dewar’s (i.e. Bacardi’s) emergence into the single malt market with five core expressions: 13, 17, 19 (travel retail), 23 and 31. When this move was announced in August, there was much excitement about the expressions (of all Dewar’s distilleries) being with full age statements, 46% ABV, non chill filtered and natural color. Here’s a…

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Old Particular Craigellachie 18 – A Distinctive Sherry Bomb

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Old Particular Craigellachie 18 – A Distinctive Sherry Bomb

Dewar’s single malt distilleries (except for Aberfeldy which has been available on the market as a single malt) are making their first strides into the single malt market , spearheaded by Craigellachie. But Dewar’s malts were readily available before this move, if you knew where to look. Douglas Laing’s fruitful relationship with much of the…

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