Cragganmore Natural Cask Strength Limited Release 2016

This rare release from Cragganmore was matured in a combination of refill & rejuvenated American oak as well as European ex-sherry casks. It's limited to 4,932 bottles.
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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 Gaelic) is derived from 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 mash tuns 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.

Cragganmore Natural Cask Strength was part of Diageo's 2016 Special Releases of rare whiskies. The 6th release in the series to come from Cragganmore, it was matured in a combination of refill and re-toasted American oak hogsheads and European oak casks that used to hold sherry. Bottled at 111.4 proof, this release was limited to 4,932 bottles.

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Proof 111.4 (55.7% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Cragganmore Distillery
Size 750mL
The soft and sweet nose displays the typical characteristics of the Speyside distillery with fruit and vanilla notes. It's intense on the palate with a balance of oak and malt, as well as fruit, honey, and spice notes, culminating in a long and warming finish with lingering notes.
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