Take a second and try to name all the different whiskies you can think of… Now, imagine 700 different whisky malts sitting in front you. Line them up, and you’d need about 70 metres of shelf space – that’s one-hell-of a large cupboard. What we do know is that it’s enough whisky to try a different kind, every single day of the year for two years – perfect.
Quaich Bar savours and celebrates an era of whisky since it was built it 1893. Located inside the old Victorian-style Craigellachie Hotel in the beautiful village of Craigellachie, it’s a site for sore eyes as it sits peacefully near the famous salmon Spey River (an area world renowned its famous Whisky Distilleries).
The bar itself is a work of art, lined with endless jarrah shelves and cabinets of malt whiskeys. A dram will cost you anything between $4 and $440. Wander around and you’ll find smaller drawing rooms stemming from the main area, some with roaring fires and all just perfect for enjoying a coffee, liquor, or better yet – more whisky!
The best part – a large leather-bound book awakes you. The famous book of tasting notes is one of Quaich Bar’s most famous aspects as locals and travellers from around the world have ventured to this tiny village, just to pen in their thoughts while enjoying a smooth whiskey – or ten.
Notes in the Craigellachie tasting book include:
“Sweet, malty-nutty, fruity. After dinner” (Michael Jackson’s descripiton of Craigellachie’s house style)
“Like a horse kicking you in the teeth — but it’s a favorite horse” (description of 13-year-old Cadenhead’s whiskey)
“I weep as I drink. Like angels crying on your tongue” (description of Highland Park Whisky 1985)
The book is an absolute masterpiece and an extremely interesting read as it holds tasting notes from famous people, educated whisky connoisseurs and just your ‘average joes’ from around the globe.
The Quaich Bar is located in the Craigellachie Hotel, a beautiful site that sits on the banks of Spey. The 18th century town has been around since 1750. You can’t get a more authentic experience this, as the Speyside area is home to some of the world’s most famous Whisky Distilleries. The town is just the start of Scotland’s famous Speyside Whisky Trail – why not take the trail by day and trial the whisky at Quaich bar by night.
What to Drink: Whiskey of course – the choice is endless!