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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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A 26 year old single cask Cragganmore from Adelphi. Will be astonishing. Definitely.  More info
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Cragganmore 29 Year Old
(70cl, 52.50%)
A limited edition from the Cragganmore distillery, this 29 year old bottling is part of a release of just 6,000 bottles at cask strength.  More info
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Cragganmore 17 Year Old
(70cl, 55.50%)
This 17 year old from the Cragganmore distillery has been matured in American oak and is part of a limited release of just 5,970 bottles, a great Speyside single malt with mochaccino notes and creamy...  More info
A Distillers Edition from Diageo, this was distilled at Cragganmore in 1988 and finished in port pipes. Serge Valentin of Whisky Fun rated this 84 points.  More info
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A 26 year old Cragganmore from Signatory's excellent Cask Strength Collection. Interestingly enough, this is a blend of two casks. The first (hogshead 1244) was distilled on the 28th May 1985. The...  More info
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A 25 year old Cragganmore distilled in December 1985, aged in cask 2407 and bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Rare Auld range in November 2011. A release of 223 numbered bottles at natural cask...  More info
This eleven year old Cragganmore was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample bottles...  More info
An 11 year old Cragganmore from Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This was distilled in Summer of 2000 and aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in Winter of 2011.  More info
$60.07
A beautiful whisky from Wemyss Malts, this was distilled at the Cragganmore distillery in 1989, and it was then aged in a hogshead before bottling in 2011. A release of 371 bottles. Delicious stuff...  More info
$144.61
A particularly fine 14-year-old Cragganmore bottled by Duncan Taylor.  More info
$91.51
A 13 year old Cragganmore distilled on the 23rd February 1998 and aged in hogsheads 1178 and 1179 before bottling on the 14th September 2011. A release of 793 numbered bottles from Signatory.  More info
Our second batch of single cask Cragganmore, this was distilled on the 8th March 1991 and it was aged in refill hogshead cask 1146 for 20 years before we bottled it on the 10th November 2011. A...  More info
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This single cask Cragganmore was distilled on the 28th May 1985, and it was aged for 26 years in hogshead number 1238 before bottling on the 15th June 2011. A cask strength release from Signatory with...  More info
$166.14
This 23 year old Cragganmore was distilled in November 1987 and it was aged in cask 1964. This was bottled in October of 2011 by Duncan Taylor, with an out-turn of 236 bottles.  More info
Distilled at Cragganmore in April 1992, this was aged for 19 years in cask 1425 before bottling in August of 2011 by Duncan Taylor for their Rare Auld range. A release of 249 numbered bottles at...  More info
From Duncan Taylor's NC2 range of Non-Chillfiltered, Non Caramel Coloured whisky comes this 14 year old Cragganmore, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2011.  More info
This was distilled in March of 1991 at the Cragganmore distillery. It was aged for 19 years in a single refill hogshead and bottled in September 2010. A release of 308 bottles from the Old Malt Cask...  More info
$125.23
This is a top Cragganmore for a very reasonable price. Surprisingly complex for a fairly young whisky.  More info
$86.44
This was distilled at Cragganmore in March 1997. It was then aged for 13 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in August 2010. A release of just 349 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$95.69
From Berry's Own Selection, this was distilled at Cragganmore in 1989, and bottled at natural cask strength in 2010.  More info
$133.99
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
$184.31
Distiller's edition Cragganmore from the Diageo stable.  More info
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$106.80
John Milroy along with his brother Wallace were among the pioneers who pushed single malt whisky in London almost fifty years ago. They opened their shop in 1964, this is John's selection of a...  More info
$131.25
An amazing Cragganmore single cask Speyside, part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Matured for 16 years in a refill hogshead, it was bottled in August 2013 with just 204 bottles produced.  More info
$113.10
Diageo's Distillers Edition range is a series of Classic Malts, specially finished in wine casks. This Cragganmore is a fine example, distilled in 1998 and finished in port pipes before bottling.  More info
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$93.83
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