The #cragganmore distillery was founded in 1869 by John Smith in Speyside, #scotland. He was acknowledged to be one of the most experienced distillers of his time (having managed #macallan, #glenlivet, #glenfarclas and #wishaw distilleries). In 1863 the construction of the Speyside #railway reached Ballindalloch. This made possible to import coal, barley and casks and to export #whisky. In 1887 the agents for selling Cragganmore to blenders, James Watson & Co. arranged the first ‘whisky train’ to leave Ballindalloch with a load of 73.000 litres of #spirit.
John Smith died in 1886 and for 7 years the distillery was under the guidance of John’s brother until John’s son (Gordon Smith) was of an age to take over, in 1893.
Cragganmore was refurbished in 1901. Charles Cree Doig was employed for this task. Between Gordon death in 1912 and its sale in 1923 Cragganmore was managed by his widow Mary Jane.
During WWl the distillery was closed (no barley could be spared for distilling). In 1923 she sold the distillery to a partnership between #whitehorse Distillers and the Ballindalloch Estate (Sir George Macpherson, Sir Peter Mackie #lagavulin, Alexander Edward #benromach). The White Horse Distillers shares were sold to D.C.L. in 1927 and the rest went to them in 1968.
John Smith had designed his stills with flat tops (increasing reflux formed by the spirit vapour condensing on the flat surface and then dripping down to be redistilled), rather than the usual swan necks. The result is a medium bodied #speyside of unusually complex character. In 1988 Cragganmore 12 year old was chosen by United Distillers to represent Speyside when they launched their ‘Classic Malts’ selection.
The #water source of the distillery comes from a spring on Craggan More Hill via the Craggan Burn and use water from the #river Spey for cooling.
The casks used are a mix of refill ex-bourbon and ex-sherry.
Lightly peated #malt comes from Roseisle Maltings which is also owned like the distillery by #diageo.
Mayor role blending: Old Parr and White Horse.