No visit to Scotland is complete without a visit to this delightful little distillery. Cragganmore is home to one of the few distilleries that boast flat top stills which gives Cragganmore it’s unique character and makes it a must see for any visitor to Scotland.
Cragganmore was the first distillery in Scotland to have its site selected and be built specifically to take advantage of its proximity to the Strathspey Railway. John Smith, who had previously been involved with Macallan, Glenlivet and Glenfarclas distilleries, founded Cragganmore in 1869. Cragganmore distillery is one of the most prolific in the Banffshire region of Speyside, where the distillery is located. Cragganmore has a reputation as the most complex Strathspey single malt
Cragganmore distillery is one of the most prolific in the Banffshire region of Speyside, where the distillery is located. Cragganmore has a reputation as the most complex Strathspey single malt. However the spirit is in quite limited supply as it is one of region's smallest distilleries. The distillery has a small but distinct range of official bottlings, which includes a 12 year old (which is the distillery's core expression), a 21-year-old Vintage, a 25-year-old special release, a Cragganmore distiller's edition, and a Friends of the Classics Malts Limited Edition Bottling.
There have been a series of independent bottlings performed at the site, which have been performed by such bottlers as Signatory Vintage and Douglas Laing. It is also possible to find older official bottlings, although these are not directly stocked by the distillery.
Before the launch of the 'Classic Malts' range, Cragganmore was mainly used for blending. The first blend in which it was used was the James Watson Number 10 blend. Today, most of the Cragganmore malt whisky is used for it's own Single Malt as well as for the Old Parr and White Horse Blends