Cragganmore is a whiskey distillery in the village of Ballindaloch in Banffshire, Scotland.
Founded in 1869 by John Smith, she was selected by Diageo to represent Speyside in the series of Classic Malts of Scotland in 1988.
The original site of the distillery was chosen because of its proximity to the source of the Craggan one hand and on the other track. At the time of the founding, Smith was already an experienced distiller. He was previously the manager of the Macallan Distillery, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas and Wishaw.
Cragganmore wash stills contains 2, 2 forms of spirit stills which very flat and goosenecks its bent T-shaped It uses the water of which is very Craggan mineral. The distillery sells in his own name several singles malt.
Production is limited to about Cragganmore sale as single malt, the rest is used in the manufacture of assemblies such as White Horse.
It is the proximity of the railway that the presence of a water source which decided the location of the Distillery Cragganmore. It is located on the lands of Ballindalloch Castle, home of the Macpherson-Grants with a wing visit (do not miss the afternoon teas, so British!). Founder John Smith was one of the most experienced distiller of his day.
Before creating Cragganmore, Glenfarclas particular he directed, The Glenlivet and The Macallan. Keen on this new invention that was the railroad, he even build a railway to the distillery for the transport of coal and drums. John Smith was a man of weight, in every sense of the word. A strong personality coupled with a volume not less imposing (135 kilos). He could not, because of his size, take the car for passengers to travel and was reduced in those reserved to the goods!
Through successive acquisitions and takeovers, the distillery finally landed in the lap of the Distillers Company Limited (now Diageo) in 1965, when the number of stills increased from two to four. Those of the second distillation has an unusual shape: goosenecks, dishes, are bent T-shaped, increasing the reflux and creates the fruity notes.
The use of traditional condensers, serpentine shaped, contributes its share to the richness and complexity of the distillate. All this probably explains why Cragganmore has always been considered a malt "Top Class" by blenders. If it had not been chosen to illustrate the Speyside region in the famous Classic Malts range launched in 1988, it would Cragganmore reached the front of the scene as it is today? Because the distillery, relatively remote, located away from the Whisky Trail, the route of Speyside whiskeys.