In 2014 John Dewar and Sons, under the ownership of Bacardi, launched Single Malts from all five of their acclaimed distilleries across Scotland, two of which sit proudly in the heart of Speyside. The mighty Craigellachie, and the revered Aultmore.
Craigellachie was founded in 1891, by Peter Mackie of White Horse and Alexander Edward, an unsung hero of the Scotch whisky industry. The distillery stands proud in the heart of Speyside. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is your typical Speyside dram: Craigellachie is muscular and robust – a result of carefully calibrated production process and the use of traditional worm tub condensers.
Aultmore distillery was founded in 1897, and the whisky has remained for the most part a secret amongst whisky blenders; being revered as a ‘top class’ malt in the blending world for its light, fresh, grassy and ethereal character. As such, it is seldomly found as a single malt, but when found, it’s loved and adored.
Closed to the public, both Aultmore and Craigellachie only open their doors to the public for tours during the Spirit of Speyside Festival each year – please see our event listings for access and events.
John Dewar & Sons was founded in 1846 at 111 High Street, Perth, by John Dewar. He was succeeded by two of his sons, John Alexander and Tommy, who grew the company from a regional concern in the highlands of Scotland to an international brand, laying the foundations for the future success of Dewars. To this day, Dewars still hold the title of ‘The World Most Awarded Blended Scotch Whisky’.