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Whisky of the Week: Craigellachie 17-Year-Old Single Malt

The only thing more fun than saying the name of this Speyside whisky is sipping it…

Craigellachie 17-Year-Old Single Malt

Until recently you would rarely find this whisky bottled separately, as most of the distillery’s production has been channeled into Dewar’s blends. But now there is a new emphasis on the individuality of this Speyside spirit—a contrast of meaty and floral characteristics. Part of Craigellachie’s uniqueness lies in the fact that the distillery still uses old-fashioned worm tubs, a practice that not only adds extra flavor to the spirit but creates whiskies that taste older than they are. While the Craigellachie 17 Year Old ($150) retains the brand’s bold and unadulterated flavors, there are hints of vanilla and exotic fruits and a slow, smoky finish reminiscent of the Craigellachie 23 Year Old. (

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