Original Cragganmore owner, ‘Big’ John Smith choose the distillery’s private location high on the Spey for a few great reasons. Barley is naturally a major crop in the area, the presence of Scotland’s fastest flowing river – together with peat from the uplands to the south is what lured Smith to this ideal location along with access to Strathspey railway line. The perfect place for the perfect distillery. And who could argue with his genius? Successive managers of Cragganmore have strived to continue his vision to deliver the sweetest, most complex malt whiskies: fruity, honeyed notes are often found. And many a taster of has talked lyrically of fruitcake and toffee flavours. In the late 1980s, Cragganmore was deservedly chosen by United Distillers (Diageo) to represent Speyside in their Classic Malts series.
Nestling on the banks of the legendary salmon river, Cragganmore is, for many, the home of the definitive Speyside malt. It is known as ‘the most complex aroma of any malt – astonishingly fresh and delicate’.