Cragganmore Speyside Whisky Distillery
Having previously managed Glenlivet, Wishaw and Macallan Distilleries John Smith founded Cragganmore in 1869 after persuading the land owner to lease some land close to the railway line at Ballindalloch. It was the 1st whisky distillery to make the conscious decision to locate next to railway line to make transportation easier, the transportation of John Smith was also said to be difficult as he was known for large size. It was not the only reason Cragganmore is located there as barley was plentiful and peat was also available. In essence the location was perfect for producing fine whisky and taking it to market.
After the founder passed in 1886 the son inherited Cragganmore and improved the distillery before his widow sold it in 1923 to a subsidiary of the White Horse Distillers Ltd. This was later to be sold to D & J McCallum of Edinburgh however has followed the path of most distilleries and is owned by UDV.
Cragganmore is often described by experts as a gem of the Speyside Malt Whisky industry and Diageo recently used it in their Classic Malt series.
Taste: The golden 12 year old is well balanced with a floral bouquet and a rich, dry and smoky finish. Complex but it warms you…
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