Whisky Focus - Craigellachie 33 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive

Craigellachie 33 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive


9th June 2017
Dewar's launch Craigellachie 33 year old exclusively in global travel retail.

Craigellachie 33 Year OldFollowing on from the success of the Craigellachie 31 year old in the domestic market, Craigellachie distillery owners John Dewar & Sons have launched a Craigellachie 33 Year Old expression exclusively in global travel retail.

Selected by John Dewar & Sons malt master and master blender, Stephanie MacLeod, the limited edition small batch release Craigellachie 33 year old was distilled in 1983 and has been released under Dewar's Exceptional Cask Series, a collection of what Dewar's describe as "extremely rare" ultra-premium aged whiskies which will only be available in limited runs and in the case of the Craigellachie 33, it is limited to 1,700 worldwide.

Craigellachie do not reveal what type of oak casks the whisky has matured in but I can only assume going by the tasting note on the bottle label that there was a sherry cask involved somewhere in the 33 years of maturation, the tasting note from the label of the bottle describes the whisky as a "Muscular Speyside malt meets rare sherry finesse in a one-off whisky, explosive sulphury aromas, cereal complexity, exotic fruits, a creamy finish".

Bottled in February 2017 at a batch strength of 46% ABV, non chill-filtered and natural colour the whisky will have a 2,000 price tag and will initially be available in World Duty Free World of Whiskies stores in Europe including Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester. This will be followed by other select travel retail stores across Asia Pacific later this summer.

If you have no plans to travel or the new 33 year old is a little rich for your palate you will find the current Craigellachie core range (read reviews here) available from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt
 

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