Craigellachie 22 year old Rare Malts Selection.
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A very rare discontinued bottling of Craigellachie 22 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The Rare Malts Selection. Limited Edition. Distilled in 1973.
Bottle No: 3540. Bottled at Natural Cask Strength of 60.2%.
Craigellachie 22 year old Malt Whisky Tasting Notes.
Nose: Barley, hint of smoke.
Palate: Full bodied whisky, chewy malt, abundance of fruit, apples, pears, oranges, sweet.
Finish: Oranges, delicate smoke.
Rare Malt Selection.
The Rare Malts Selection, created in 1995, aimed initially at the duty free market. However, the range became available to specialist whisky retailers.
The selection consisted of bottlings from predominantly closed distilleries, distilled in the late 60s, 70s or early 80s and aged for at least 18 years. Stock came from 36 distilleries.
In the early days some expressions were bottled per individual cask. Hence, one reason why different ABV% from the same release occurred.
Towards the end of the series several casks (minimum ten) where (vatted) to usually yield up to circa 6.000 numbered bottles per batch.
The upper limit per batch may have been higher than 6.000 bottles depending of number and type of casks selected. More than one such batch at the same release occasion. This is the second reason for ABV% differences within the same release.
The highest number of bottles per release known was approx. 12.000+ bottles.
The range eventually evolved into Diageo’s Annual Special Releases range.
Craigellachie Malt Whisky Distillery History.
The Craigellachie Distillery Co Ltd was founded by a partnership of Blenders & Merchants; principle partners included Alexander Edward, involved with Aultmore and Benrinnes, and Peter Mackie owner of Lagavulin 1888.
Building work on the distillery was completed in 1891 the layout and design was by the renowned architect Charles Doig of Elgin.