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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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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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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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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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This is a top Cragganmore for a very reasonable price. Surprisingly complex for a fairly young whisky.  More info
$88.75
A particularly fine 14-year-old Cragganmore bottled by Duncan Taylor.  More info
$93.95
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
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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$96.34
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
$98.26
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
Distiller's edition Cragganmore from the Diageo stable.  More info
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$109.66
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
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
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
$128.58
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
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
$134.76
From Berry's Own Selection, this was distilled at Cragganmore in 1989, and bottled at natural cask strength in 2010.  More info
$137.58
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
$148.48
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
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
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
A 26 year old single cask Cragganmore from Adelphi. Will be astonishing. Definitely.  More info
$158.42
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
$160.50
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
$170.59
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
$189.24
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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