Bacardi Global Travel retail has unveiled the Craigellachie 37 Year Old Bourbon Cask limited edition, crafted under the guidance of Bacardi malt master Stephanie Macleod.
The new 46.5% ABV, non-chill-filtered Speyside whisky is available exclusively via Gebr Heinemann from 1 June until 31 July this year, after which distribution will widen to include Dufry’s store network and selected domestic markets. The RRP is US$3,245 for 70cl.
Signature Craigellachie style
Distilled in 1984 and limited to 3,012 bottles, Craigellachie 37 Year Old was initially matured in refill casks, but subsequently finished in first-fill bourbon casks. This additional step was incorporated to allow the signature Craigellachie “muscular” style to shine through.
The first-fill ex-bourbon casks impart notes of coconut, vanilla and citrus to the maturing whisky, providing further depth and complexity.
“Craigellachie has always been a bold and brooding malt and this finish in first-fill bourbon casks elevates the signature style of this wonderfully eccentric distillery,” explained Bacardi Global Travel Retail Global Head of Marketing Ignacio Vazquez.
“First-fill casks are the most active type and result in quicker maturation, adding a very important contribution to the final flavour of the whisky. I am confident travellers will appreciate what a truly special and unique whisky Craigellachie 37 Year Old represents.”
Gebr Heinemann Director Purchasing LTC Ruediger Stelkens added: “We are delighted to add this exceptional whisky exclusively to our spectacular assortment. With its distinctive character this Craigellachie is predestined to capture the hearts of whisky connoisseurs and collectors worldwide. This has been made possible thanks to our strong and trusted partnership with Bacardi Travel Retail.”