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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  • We have come here spontaneously, relatively late. The selection of whiskeys was very good and the advice also.
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  • Very informative and interesting tour. Our children came too (8,10 &11) and enjoyed it too! Their favourite part was the 'smell' and ours were the tasters that we were able to take away with us becaus...  more »
  • This distillery is a nice size big and has a really nice and relaxed atmosphere the whole way throughout. We did the range tour and had a lovely informative tour with coffee to begin in the clubroom, ...  more »
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  • The food pairing tour here is super fun and a great way to experience the whisky. Tour also starts in the office of the founder and has great history context, even letting you handle the plans for the distillery's expansion. Highly recommend.
  • Lovely smaller distillery of the Diageo / United Distillers aka Johnny Walker Classic Malts line up. Origin and connection to MacPherson-Grant of next door Ballindalloch is evident: MacPherson-Grant leased the site for the foundation of the Cragganmore whisky distillery in 1869. Nice layout and site is productive so no theme park like presentation which is as it should be. Informative and nice 35 min tour by Emily for 5£ pp (2017) with afterwards a choice dram of 3 vintages Cragganmore. Friendly staff.
  • one of the loveliest distilleries in Speyside
  • 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).

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