Founded in 1869, Cragganmore was built at a time when no new distilleries had risen on Speyside, for twenty years. It was the brainchild of whisky legend John Smith. His timing was good; this was the first distillery purpose-built to take advantage of railway transport and could easily take its whisky to market. The stills, unique in Scotland, were and are flat-topped - a Smith design to encourage reflux. Only the lighter, more subtle vapours pass through the lye pipe to be condensed in the traditional worm tubs outside, leaving the spirit clean, serious and complex. The regular release of CRAGGANMORE is highly praised by experts and deserves to be far better known.
The DISTILLERS EDITION is a collection of master-craftsmanship. Each cask in the series is individually selected and perfectly matched to the character of each of the single malts refined here. The two-parted maturation process gives more depth and complexity, which is the idea behind the limited DISTILLERS EDITION: preserving the perfection of the single malts that have already been awarded for their outstanding flavours. The selected taste nuances are more strongly accentuated in a way that is not found in the regular bottlings, but with fully maintaining the original character of these fine single malts.
SCOTLAND'S FINEST - Since 1997, the Distillers Editions have been an annual release of limited quantities, each very much true to its origins yet possessing a rich depth, complexity and nuance of flavour not found in the regular release. This excellent Cragganmore whisky has been firstly matured in Refill American and European Oak casks. With the second maturation finished in Port-seasoned re- charred American Oak with heavily recharred new AO ends.
PURE FLAVOUR - This elegant and sophisticated edition of Cragganmore has an intriguing depth of flavour, with notes of sweet fruit and smoky undertones.