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Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Infomation

Cragganmore Distillery History

 

Cragganmore is Gaelic for 'great rock'. The distillery is located in Ballindalloch, close to where the rivers Spey, Avon and Livet meet. Water fro the distillery is taken from the Craggen Burn

 

John Smith the youngest son of George Smith, founder of the Glenlivet distillery, established the Cragganmore distillery in 1869-1870. John Smith had previously managed the Glenfarclas, Macallan and Glenlivet distilleries.

 

John Smith was a keen supporter of the railways and their benefits; he ordered the construction of a railway track to connect to the main line at Ballindalloch railway station at the same time he built the distillery. Just a few years later Cragganmore became the first distillery in Scotland to transport their whisky by railway. In 1887, a year after John Smith died, the first ‘Whisky Special’ train left Ballindalloch station with a load of 16,000 gallons.

 

On his death John Smith's trustees continued the operation between 1886 & 1893 after which John's son Gordon took over as manager of the distillery which he retained until the distillery was sold in 1923 to the Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd. in 1923- formed from a partnership of the Ballindalloch Estate and White Horse Distillers Ltd.

 

Gordon Smith over saw 1902 reconstruction; this  took place when the industry was in recession following the Patison Crash. He brought in the renowned Distillery Architect Charles Doig to rebuild the distillery. The fact that he could even contemplate such expenditure underlines the extent to which Cragganmore was regarded as first-class malt.

 

In 1927 The White Horse shares were transferred to DCL The remaining shares from the Ballindalloch Estate were eventually acquired by DCL by 1968. This last change in ownership took place not long after the number of stills was extended from two to four.  Cragganmore was eventually 'acquired' by Diageo when United Distillers (UD) and International Distillers and Vintners (IDV) merged.

 

Cragganmore single malt whisky is one of the Classic Malt Series released by Diageo

 

Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Bottlings

Aged 12 Years  

Distiller’s Edition, Double Matured  

 

Distillery tasting notes supplied by Diageo

Founded in 1869 By John Smith, son of George Smith (Glenlivit)

Location Speyside Region Straithspey District

Water source Craggen Burn

 

Cragganmore Distilling Equipment

Copper Domed Lauter Mash Tun

6 Oregon pine washbacks

2 Wash stills

2 spirit stills with T Shape Lyne arms

Traditional worm tub condensers

Matured in American oak bourbon casks

Cragganmore Distillery, Ballindalloch, Banffshire

AB37 9AB

Tel: +44 (0)1807 500202

 

Visitor centre Tours by Appointment only Phone for Details

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Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 year Old

Nestling on the banks of the legendary Salmon River, Cragganmoreª is, for many, the home of the definitive Speyside malt.

 

Strength: 40% ABV

Appearance: Gold.

 

Nose: A complex of sweet floral fragrances, riverside herbs and flowers with some honey and vanilla. 'The most complex nose of any malt whisky' (Jackson).

 

Body: Firm, rounded, light to medium.

 

Palate: A strong malty taste with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood.

 

Finish: A long malt-driven finish with light smoke and hints of sweetness.

 

Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillers Edition 1977

The complexity of Cragganmore prescribed an out-of-the-ordinary choice for a secondary cask finish. Port-wine successfully provides the perfectly harmonious partner.

 

Strength: 40% ABV

Appearance: Pale amber.

 

Palate: The mouth is swamped with fruity flavours of cherries and oranges leading to rich tastes of Port-wine and malt, with lingering smoke.

 

Finish: Long finish is breathtaking, with a toffee-sweet start and a dry slightly smoky

finish. Intriguingly multi-layered malt.

 

Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

10 year old 1993

A limited edition natural cask strength from Bodega European Oak casks. Drier than the classic 12 year old expression. Fantastic contrast with the 29 year old release.

 

Strength: 60.1% ABV

Appearance: Bright pale amber.

 

Palate: Attractive sweetness. Fruity acidity. Spiciness and digestive biscuits. Arouses the appetite.

 

Finish: Lingering nutty, urbane, bittersweet.

 

Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Older Distillery Bottlings

Cragganmore 10 year old 1993, 15000 bottles released 2004

Cragganmore 17 year old 1988,   5970 bottles released 2006

Cragganmore 29 year old 1973,   6000 bottles released 2004

 

Cragganmore Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings

Blackadder,

Cadenhead's

Gordon & MacPhail,

Murray McDavid,

Signatory.  

SMWS

Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes

 

Nose: Fragrant, delicate, the smallest trace of smoke.

 

Palate: Medium bodied, sweet, with lots of firm malt, cream, vanilla and dried fruits.

 

Finish: Fairly short and sweet.

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