Cragganmore Distillery takes its rock face of a name from the mountain in whose shadow it sits. And this is a whisky with many high approaches and hidden valleys of flavour. Known as the most complex aroma on Speyside, it must also be one of the most delightful because the distillery can’t keep up with demand. Cragganmore Distillery, on the banks of the river Spey, is home to this complex and characterful malt whisky. In 1869, Big John Smith – said to have been the most experienced distiller of his day – founded Cragganmore. He persuaded his landlord, Sir George Macpherson-Grant, to lease him the land to build a new distillery at Ballindalloch beside the Strathspey railway line. and using this, his business acumen and skill as a distiller, turned Cragganmore into a popular, high-quality single malt whisky.
This Cragganmore 25 Year Old is a limited edition whisky with only 3372 bottles produced.The bottle we have is no: 1893. It was distilled in 1988 and aged in American oak casks for 25 years prior to release in 2014. A nose of green wood, apple stalks, melon, nuts and caramel develops mango and malty notes on the palate. The finish is long and complex with more green wood characters, spicy oak and burnt caramel. Add a few drops of water to give the complexity some room to develop.