Craigellachie 2012

Snap up a delightful barrel of malt from this classic Speyside distillery. This 2nd fill Bourbon barrel contains whisky that has matured for 7 years, having been distilled in 2012. It has great potential for growth and contains approximately 151 bottles at cask strength 57.90% ABV.

Auction has ended. The winning bid was £4,520.00.
Important Note: New information was received from the seller on October 9th which varied significantly from the RLA and number of bottles originally presented. Due to this change, bidding was reset on October 10th so bids could be placed based on accurate information.

Cask Details

DistilleryCraigellachie
RegionSpeyside
Age7 years
Distillation DateApril 18, 2012
Cask TypeSecond Fill Bourbon Barrel
Peated?No
Re-gauge ABV57.90%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)64.38 litres
Re-gauge DateOctober 26, 2017
Bottles151
Cask Number800157

Tasting Notes

Nose – Tropical fruits, bananas at the fore.

Palate – Peaches folded into buttery pastry, key limes.

Nose with water – More peaches and fragrant meadowflowers, cut grass.

Palate with water – Ginger snap biscuits and apple turnovers.

At full strength, this whisky brings a full fruitbowl of exotic fruits on the nose, with softening banana aromas pushing past papaya and star fruit. When water is added, the aroma takes on the personality of fat peaches – but there’s also a tiny mustiness, like that found in the deepest portion of a pile of meadow trimmings.

On the palate, peaches come across strongly, united with soft and almost dairy notes of baked puff pastry. With water, peach turns to apple, still firmly set in a pocket of hot pastry, and there’s also a note of ginger biscuits, though (and this is crucial), not the kind with bits of stem ginger in them.

About The Distillery

Speyside is a long river valley set around its eponymous river – a bowl where the rains that fall on Grampians and Cairngorms can channel and bubble through myriad burns, irrigating the valley all the way down to the Spey. This fertile valley shelters farmland and forest from bitter weather, allowing Speyside to thrive as the beating heart of the Scotch whisky industry. The fields of barley are something to behold when the harvest approaches.

At the heart of Speyside itself lies Craigellachie, at the intersection of the rivers Spey and Fiddich. Macallan is here, as is the Speyside cooperage – and so is Craigellachie distillery. Since 1890, the distillery has been notable for a fresh pineapple note in an almost tropical version of Speyside style. Younger Craigellachie still carries a little sulphur from traditional worm tub condensation, but over time this matures into a deeper flavour that lends a solid base to Craigellachie’s tropical fruit notes.

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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on October 11th at 11:00pm GMT subject to continuation defined below.
  • If a bid is received within the last 2 minutes of bidding, the auction will be extended for an additional 2 minutes. The auction will officially close when a period of 2 minutes has passed without a new bid.
  • All bids represent a legally binding contract to purchase the designated item.
  • The highest bidder at conclusion of the auction will immediately be charged a £500 deposit by credit card; the remaining balance will be due within 72 hours of auction close by bank wire transfer.
  • Failure to send proof of payment within 72 hours will result in a penalty of 1% of the hammer price for each day the payment is delinquent.
  • Upon verification that all funds due have been received, ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer and the buyer will be sent a title certificate. As per Scottish regulations, the cask must remain in a government bonded warehouse until bottling.
  • No samples will be provided during the auction. At the conclusion of the auction a complimentary sample will be sent to the winning bidder.
  • If two bidders place a bid in the same amount, the first bid placed will be the winner.
  • Storage will be included for a period of 2 years from the conclusion of the auction. All other costs related to storage, removal from storage, insurance, transportation, bottling and duties/taxes will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
  • A reserve price has been set for the auction. If the reserve price is not reached then the seller, in their sole discretion, can choose whether to accept the high bid or may offer a counter offer. All bids placed by buyers are binding, even when the reserve price has not been met, until the seller declines the highest bid.
  • A 10% buyers premium will be added to the highest prevailing bid. No buyers premium will be due if the reserve price is not met and the seller choses not to accept the high bid.