Cragganmore Distiller's Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Initially matured in traditional oak casks, this single malt is double-barreled in casks that were previously used to mature port.
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Situated in the Speyside region of Scotland, the Cragganmore Distillery was founded by John Smith in 1870. Smith heralded from a dynastic whisky family — his family had previously been involved in the operation of the Macallan, Glenfarclas and Glenlivet distilleries, and he was related to George Smith, the founder of the Glenlivet Distillery. The name of the distillery (Cragganmore translates to "big rock"in ancient Galiec) is from derived the greenstone rocks sourced from a nearby hill that were used to build the distillery's infrastructure and maturation warehouses. Upon Smith's death in 1886, his son largely rebuilt the distillery and refurbished its equipment while preserving its traditional distillation techniques.

Today, the Cragganmore Distillery continues to honor the Smith legacy by crafting a unique single malt whisky made exclusively from lightly smoked barley. Once the barley arrives at the distillery, it is mashed in one of the distillery's six stainless steel mashtuns before being fermented in washbacks made of European larch. While larch washbacks are more difficult and expensive to maintain as compared to steel washbacks, they absorb a portion of the heat generated during fermentation and thus, contribute to a more robust flavor profile.

Following fermentation, the whisky is distilled twice through Cragganmore's copper-pot stills. The distillery's unique, flat-topped spirit stills (most distilleries have swan-shaped stills) and traditional worm-tubs (most distilleries use cooling condensers) contribute additional complexity and flavor to the whisky.

After the whisky has been distilled, Cragganmore Distiller's Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured in traditional oak casks before being double-barreled, or finished, in casks that were previously used to mature port. This double-barreling process contributes a deep and fruity flavor profile to the whisky, which is complemented by undertones of milk chocolate, wood spices and roasted nuts. In addition, the finishing process imparts notes of berries and red fruits on the dry, fruity finish.

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Proof 80 (40% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Cragganmore Distillery
Size 750mL
Warm honey color. Aroma of grape jam, orange marmalade and touch of smoke. Layered notes of berries, milk chocolate, wood spices and roasted nuts on the palate. Finish has touches of tropical fruits and berries. Long and dry.
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