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Cragganmore Distillery, Ballindalloch

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Cragganmore is a Scotch whisky distillery situated in the village of Ballindalloch in Banffshire, Scotland.The distillery was founded in 1869 by John Smith on land leased from Sir George Macpherson-Grant. The site was chosen by Smith both for its proximity to the waters of the Craggan burn and because it was close to the Strathspey Railway. Smith was an experienced distiller, having already been manager of the Macallan, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas and Wishaw distilleries.The Strathspey Railway is now disused and forms the Speyside Way long-distance walking route.Cragganmore is marketed by United Distillers under their Classic Malts brand.The WhiskyThe stills used in the second distillation (the spirit still) of Cragganmore whisky are unique in having a flat top and being relatively short. The stills' shape has a definite effect on the taste and aroma (nose) of the whisky.Laura Vernon is the current master distiller.Reactions to Cragganmore WhiskiesThe San Francisco World Spirits competition has reacted favorably to the Cragganmore 10-year and 12-year expressions, awarding the former with a double gold medal in 2005 and the latter with two double gold, one gold and three silver medals between 2005 and 2012. Wine Enthusiast, another spirit ratings organization, rated the 12-year in its 90-95 point interval and the 10-year Sherry Cask in its 96-100 point interval.
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  • I've visited a few distilleries from the larger, industrial ones to the smallest in Scotland, but Cragganmore is one of my favourites. The distillery is nestled close to the River Spey, down a wee cou...  more »
  • This is a very nice and unheard of gem. The tour today with Kevin Innes was fantastic. The man has done it all in the business. Highly recommend this place for a tour and it is quite a nice Dram as we...  more »
  • Cragganmore is one of those less commercial distilleries but no less professional. A small distillery with unique Stills and wormtub condensers which was nice to see for a change. I was on a flying vi...  more »
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  • A very nice selection of single malts presented in the visitor's center which includes a cafe. This is part of the large Diageo group, so be prepared to be offered drams from their other distilleries too. (Diageo have very strong cross-marketing strategies)
  • Very friendly, personal service of knowledgeable guide (thank you Emmie).
  • In the old pay-based single malt whiskeys. This whiskey into the three fingers.
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