Craigellachie – 2000 – 11 years – 57,30%

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Old Masters – Cask strenght 
Distilled : 2000 – Bottled : 2012 – Cask number :  150  – Alcool : 57,30 %

(86 = Very good to excellent whiskies definitely worth buying) n21.5 t22 f21 b21.5. A competent Speysider with few party tricks. Concentrates almost exclusively on keeping the barley on an even keel. A little citrus zestiness provides the jazz.” (Jim Murray’s Wisky bible 2014)

Craigellachie distillery
La distillerie Craigellachie se niche coeur du Speyside, au sud-est du village éponyme, entre Dufftown, Aberlour et Rothes. Non loin de là, la rivière Fiddich se jette dans la Spey. À quelques centaines de mètres, en direction de Dufftown, se dresse la célèbre Speyside Cooperage. En plein cœur du Speyside, à la confluence de la Fiddich et de la Spey, le village de Craigellachie pourrait constituer un bon camp de base pour celles et ceux qui voudraient visiter un maximum de distilleries : l’autre hôte de marque du village étant Macallan et une foule de distilleries presque aussi connues se répartissant dans un rayon de quelques kilomètres. 
Il est impossible de voir des fûts de whisky à Craigellachie puisque l’embouteillage sur place a été abandonné depuis 1995 ; les chais inutiles furent alors détruits, les quelques 2,8 millions de litres de nectar de Craigellachie allant mûrir ailleurs.
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The bottler : James MacArthur
James MacArthur was established in 1982 with the aim of selecting whiskies from Scottish Distilleries which were either not very well known or had ceased to operate and bottling them at cask strength, thus introducing whisky drinkers to distilleries they had never heard of.
This policy has been continued, with top quality single barrel bottlings from a wide selection of distilleries. Whiskies are currently bottled at ages ranging from 10 years to 30 years and at both cask strength and 45%vol. These are fine examples of the quality and variety available from each whisky producing region and the Company has won several awards over the years for its bottlings, both internationally and in the UK. Our bottlings are also well received by Jim Murray in the Whisky Bible, the Spirit Journal in the U.S.A. and by Malt Maniacs in Europe.
James MacArthur’s Old Masters, Cask strength whiskies are bottled at natural strength and without the whisky having been chill-filtered or having colour added. The 45% bottlings, although reduced in strength, are similarly non chill-filtered and have no added colour. The aim is to offer a product which is as natural as possible and which retains its original characteristics and flavours.
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Speyside
The Speyside is a region that forms a core within the Highlands and that stretches along the Spey River. It goes even further, far beyond the lands of the Spey. Thus, the distilleries placed along Livet, Fiddich, Avon, Lossie, Findhorn and Deveron are also considered as a part of the Speyside. As it is not a geological unit, the boundaries of that region have never been set and sometimes, one could argue about the region from which a distillery comes from. According to the way we establish the boundaries, 63 of the 90 distilleries still in operation in Scotland are in the Speyside.

But why can we find as many distilleries in that area? As it was hardly accessible in the past, Speyside used to provide a good protection for distilleries that were usually illegal at that time. Later, when the railway was introduced and the roads were improved, the region still had the required infrastructure to interest investors. Besides, it met all the necessary conditions for whisky manufacturing, which are water, peat and barley in quantity.
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Notes de dégustation

Tasting Notes 

Nose : Light, fresh with fruit and barley sugar on the nose,
Palate : is smooth and sweet, with a chocolate
Finish : Leaves you asking for more..

(86 = Very good to excellent whiskies definitely worth buying) n21.5 t22 f21 b21.5. A competent Speysider with few party tricks. Concentrates almost exclusively on keeping the barley on an even keel. A little citrus zestiness provides the jazz.” (Jim Murray’s Wisky bible 2014)

“I always liked James MacArthur’s motto that’s printed on their labels: ‘An honest bottle and a good friend’. Colour: pale white wine. Nose: sometimes it’s really a thrill to nose a very young spirit with very little oak influence – provided the distillate is top notch of course. It’s the case here, with this utterly simple yet perfectly balanced combination of sweet barley and apple juice. With water: gets a notch grassier, which is normal. A little more mineral too, which is just as normal. Mouth (neat): excellent mouth feel, thick and syrupy in a nice way, some kind of apple and lemon liqueurs mixed together. Add to that a little honey and a few slices of tinned – and thinned – pears. With water: same with a little corn syrup added to the mix. Very easy and pleasant to quaff once it’s been reduced. Finish: not the longest ever but it’s clean, fresh and fruity. Comments: sometimes you need simple, flawless pleasures. “(www.whiskyfun.com/)

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