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Cragganmore

The Cragganmore distillery was founded in 1869 by John Smith, who managed The Macallan and The Glenlivet distilleries. Sited close by the main Speyside railway line and in close proximity to the elegant River Spey, the Cragganmore whisky distillery draws its water from the mineral-rich Craggan Burn, which tumbles down its namesake, the Craggan More hill.

Of the 1.52 million litres the distillery produces annually, the majority is used for blending, for blenders have always revered the spirit. Today, it can be found in Old Parr, among other blended Scotch whiskies. The name derives from the Scottish Gaelic ‘creagan mór’ or ‘big rock’. In 1901, Cragganmore was among many whisky distilleries to benefit from the architectural skill of Charles Doig, the Elgin-based architect, who renovated the buildings.

The stills, which have numbered four since 1964, have an unusual shape with a flat top. This is said to contribute to the unique character of the spirit. At present, Cragganmore is under Diageo ownership and has been featured accordingly in their Classic Malts range. There are currently several independent bottlings as well as a substantial core range.

Cragganmore Whisky Distillery

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About Cragganmore Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01479 874700

Distillery Capacity

1 520 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1869

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Ballindalloch, Banffshire

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1869

John Smith, who already runs Ballindalloch and Glenfarclas Distilleries, founds Cragganmore.

1886

John Smith dies and his brother George takes over operations.

1893

John’s son Gordon, at 21, is old enough to assume responsibility for operations.

1901

The distillery is refurbished and modernized with help of the famous architect Charles Doig.

1912

Gordon Smith dies and his widow Mary Jane supervises operations.

1917

The distillery closes.

1918

The distillery reopens and Mary Jane installs electric lighting.

1923

The distillery is sold to the newly formed Cragganmore Distillery Co. where Mackie & Co. and Peter Mackie share half ownership. The remaining half is owned by Sir George Macpherson-Grant and Ballindalloch Estate.

1927

White Horse Distillers is bought by DCL who thus obtains 50% of Cragganmore.

1964

The number of stills is increased from two to four.

1965

DCL buys the remainder of Cragganmore.

1988

Cragganmore 12 years becomes one of six selected for United Distillers´ Classic Malts.

1998

Cragganmore Distillers Edition Double Matured (port) is launched for the first time.

2002

A visitor centre opens in May.

2006

A 17 year old from 1988 is released.

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The 2010 release of Cragganmore's 21 year old expression. A premium whisky which epitomises the Highland style. We got really good egg-custard on the palate of this.  More info
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This is an Old Malt Cask bottling of Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the Speyside region in November 1989 and bottled in March 2014. 24 years old, this is! 169 bottles of this...  More info
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23 year old Cragganmore, distilled in April 1990 and bottled in March 2014. We love a good Cragganmore, we do. This one was taken from a single cask and bottled (at cask strength, no less!) for the...  More info
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Cragganmore whiskies are rare in independent bottling circles. Buy this'n now.  More info
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Part of the Distillers Edition range, this Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2013. As with many of the Distillers Edition releases, it has been given a rather...  More info
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A sherried 12 year old single malt from Diageo's Classic Malts range, this bottling from the Cragganmore distillery represents Speyside and proffers a rich, slightly floral whisky with barley notes.  More info
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This was distilled at the Cragganmore distillery on the 17th March 1997. It was aged for 14 years in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered collection on the 8th June...  More info
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A 20 year old single cask Cragganmore. We absolutely love this, it has just the right amount of sweetness, and just the right amount of maturity. Distilled on the 8th March 1991 and bottled in March...  More info
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Cragganmore is known for its complex and fruity flavour. This was distilled in 1997 and bottled at cask strength in 2010 by BBR.  More info
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Distilled at Cragganmore on the 17th March 1997 and aged for 13 years in casks 1121 and 1122 before bottling on the 19th April 2010. A release of 775 bottles.  More info
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Distilled at the Cragganmore distillery on the 8th March 1991 and aged for 19 years in a single hogshead before bottling on the 12th July 2010. This was bottled by the Bladnoch Forum, as a release of...  More info
This Cragganmore from Signatory was distilled on the 8th April 1992 and aged for 18 years in a pair of bourbon barrels before bottling in 2010 as a release of 629 bottles.  More info
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A 16 year old, un-chillfiltered Cragganmore. This was distilled on the 8th April 1992 and aged in hogsheads 1459 and 1460 before bottling on the 15th September 2008. A release of 624 numbered bottles...  More info
24 year old Speyside whisky from the Cragganmore distillery. This was distilled on the 20th October 1985 and aged in hogshead number 1994 before bottling on the 20th November 2009. A release of 233...  More info
Distilled in 1997 and bottled by Duncan Taylor in 2009. This Cragganmore was bottled for the NC2 range of non-chillfiltered whiskies without caramel colouring - just unadulterated single malt.  More info
A Signatory bottling from the Cragganmore distillery. This was distilled on the 17th March 1997 and matured in 2 casks (hogsheads 1115 and 1116) for 12 years before bottling on the 14th April 2009. A...  More info
A single cask Cragganmore, bottled by Signatory on the 24th November 2007. This was matured in cask number 1989 (a hogshead) for 22 years before bottling. A release of 276 bottles, each is...  More info
It's been a little while since we've seen a Cragganmore in the Diageo Special Release line-up, so we're happy to say that the Speyside single malt for the 2014 release! This 1988 vintage Cragganmore...  More info
A single cask release of just 313 bottles from the Cragganmore distillery, bottled by the Bladnoch forum. This was distilled on the 21st April 1993 and matured in hogshead number 313 before bottling...  More info
This Manager's Choice Cragganmore was distilled in 1997 and matured in single cask 2398 before bottling in 2009 at cask strength. Each bottle is individually numbered.  More info
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A release of just 620 bottles from Signatory's unchillfiltered range. This was distilled at Cragganmore on the 8th April 1992 and matured in bourbon barrels 1476 and 1477 for 17 years before bottling...  More info
A thirteen year old Single Malt from the Cragganmore distillery bottled by Signatory.  More info
A very rare bottling of Cragganmore. Bottled at the Bladnoch distillery after 14 years maturing in cask.  More info
A single cask offering from Signatory - this Cragganmore has been aged for a full 27 years and still retains cask strength of 54.6%!  More info
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