CRAIGELLACHIE, the internationally renowned ‘Bad Boy of Speyside’, has arrived in South Africa to bring local fans the award-winning single malt Scotch whisky. And its arrival is being celebrated in true CRAIGELLACHIE style – by rebelling against conventional whisky norms...

Alongside the CRAIGELLACHIE 13 Year Old and CRAIGELLACHIE 17 Year Old expressions, South African whisky lovers will soon have a chance to experience the newest expression, which has patiently waited 51 years to be enjoyed. CRAIGELLACHIE 51 is the Distillery’s newest, oldest whisky to date.

Unlike many other aged whiskies of this stature, CRAIGELLACHIE 51 has not been bottled in a fancy crystal decanter, does not carry an exorbitant price tag and is not being shipped to auction houses for only a select few to enjoy. The unique whisky has been resting in oak casks for 51 years already, and it doesn’t deserve to sit on a shelf for another 51 years collecting dust. A whisky this good should be enjoyed right away.

Going against the grain, the Scotch whisky has decided to share its newest yet oldest expression – dram by dram – with fans around the world. Over the past 12 months, CRAIGELLACHIE 51 – of which there are only 51 bottles available – has toured the world and been made available at special tasting events in London, New York and Sydney; and now, it’s South Africa’s turn.Local whisky appreciators can prepare themselves for a once-in-a-lifetime whisky tasting experience.

Global Ambassador, Georgie Bell, comments: “We wanted to do the unthinkable. We wanted to make a typically collectable Scotch more accessible. We want to give as many people as we can the spectacular chance to try this incredible whisky, because how often does a whisky of this age and calibre actually get tasted?”

Malt Master, Stephanie Macleod, says of the whisky: “51 years encased in oak is an extraordinary length of time. Starting life in 1962 as an aggressive beast, the whisky over the past five decades has developed a softer side, yet still retains the distinct umami, muscular note that CRAIGELLACHIE is known for.” Describing its taste, Macleod said: “51 years of oak and spirit in perfect balance and harmony has created a whisky exquisite in its purity and rarity. Concentrated notes of ripe orchard fruits and waxed lemons beckon in creamy vanilla and sweet cereals. Smooth and graceful with delicate oak and a fine, dry finish.” The whisky is a testimony to a bygone era and past distillery workers, who over 51 years ago crafted this precious spirit in coal-fired stills.

Whisky lovers can start looking out for CRAIGELLACHIE whisky in most popular stores for a recommended selling price of R929,00 for CRAIGELLACHIE 13 Year Old and R2199 for CRAIGELLACHIE 17 Year Old.

For more information visit and follow #CRAIGELLACHIE51SA and @CRAIGELLACHIE.

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