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32 years old

49,4 % INFO              
Speyside Single Malt
Scotch Whisky
Distilled on 04/04/1973
Bottled on 25/08/2005
Matured in a Sherry Butt
Cask no. 2513
566 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh


28 years old

48,8 %               
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled on:  07/07/1977
Bottled on: 29/03/2006
Matured in a Hogshead
Cask No:   19601
276 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

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Aged 34 years  

44,3 %
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled on: 07/07/1977
Matured in a Hogshead
Bottled on: 11/11/2011
Cask No. 19605
274 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Casks inidividally selected and bottled by
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd,

GLENISLA   (+/- 1973)   also see STRATHISLA
op het etiket wordt vermeld Craigduff, dit is de experimentele geturfrookte single malt whisky van Strathisla

6 October 2005 CRAIG DUFF
At time of bottling our first cask of Craigduff 1973, we believed, based on information available to us, that Craigduff was a peated malt from Strathisla Distiller}.
based on our own more detailed research, we have now established that Craigduff was, in fact, distilled at the nearby Glen Keith distillery,

Since first releasing Ciaigduff, there has been considerable "chatter" on huw the whisky was peated etc. In this regard our own understanding is now as follows:-
Lightly peated bar ley from Glen Keith makings was used in conjunction with controlled amounts of concentrated peated water, being added to each wash charge.

Peated water was brought in 45 gallon drums from Stornaway, on fishing boats into the port of Buckie. The peated water was run through the small still at Glen Keith, which was coupled to an angled condenser and water driven o IT to concentrate the peatiness in the remaining water. It is understood that 10 gallons of the concentrated peated water was added to each wash charge.

We understand the drive behind the experimental distillation came from a sister company in Japan. Apparently, during the course of the experiment, a sample of the concentrated peated water, whilst en route to'Japan, was intercepted at Heathro airport by Customs Officials who were convinced it was whisky in disguise, and decanted a fair bit of the drum before realising, too late, that it was in fact just water.
We apologise for any inconvenience that our wrongly associating Craigduff with Strathisla Distillery may have caused and would be grateful if you could upda*e your web site and any other product descriptors to reflect the tact that Craigduff was actually made at Glen Keith.

7&8 Elizafield, Bonnington Industrial Estate, Newhaven Road, Edinburgh EH6 5PY Tel 0131 355 4988 o  Fax 0131 555 5211 o E-mail: signatory^

When Glen Keith was build in 1957, the owners had in mind the idea of producing an Islay
style heavily peated malt. This highly individual peated whisky produced was called Glenisla
to distinguish it from the ordinary Glen Keith   

An experimental peated Speyside malt produced at Glen Keith distillery on Speyside in the 1970s.

The real Glen Isla is one of the famous Angus glens than runs north to the ski resort of Glenshee. On the other hand, the eponymous malt whisky was a short-lived experiment to produce a smoky Speyside malt at Glen Keith – the Speyside distillery Seagram built next to its Stathisla distillery in Keith in the late 1950s.

Glen Keith was experimental from the start, testing out triple distillation and gas-fired direct heating for its stills. Among very rare independent bottlings of Glenisla, veteran nose Charlie Maclean found lots of ‘honey-glazed ham’ but precious little peat in a 1977 release from Signatory.

Glen Keith

If Maclean struggled to detect smoke it may be because Glenisla was peated in a very peculiar way. Under Seagram, Chivas Brothers had been sending 45-gallon drums of peated water from Stornaway to Glen Keith, where it was run through an angled condenser to concentrate the phenols. Apparently it was added 10 gallons at a time to the wash charge and its impact on the whisky must have been considerably less than using well-peated malt in the traditional way – a method Glen Keith also used.

Glenisla was only produced in the 1970s, and then only for a couple of years. The whisky was blended away, most notably in Chivas’ Century of Malts in the 1990s, although a very small amount has surfaced as a single malt bottled by Signatory.

Pernod Ricard
2001 - present
Chivas Brothers Holdings
2001 - present
Seagram Distillers

1977 - 2001                                                                                                                                                

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