Cragganmore distillery was built for distilling legend, John Smith, in 1869-70, at Ballindalloch, then rebuilt in 1901 by his son, Gordon. Described as a distillers' distillery historically highly rated by the industry and ranked "A1" for blending.
The distillery entrance is guarded by a striking wrought iron gate spelling out the name, which comes from the nearby hill, Craggan Mor, from where the stone was taken to built the distillery.
Cragganmore Distillers Edition benefits from a second maturation in ruby port barrels, with complex aromas carefully chosen to add depth and finesse to Cragganmore’s characteristic malty, smokiness. It stands out for its intensely fruity mellowness, rich complexity and an astringent finish of oak smoke.
On the nose it has syrupy dark fruit, cured ham and granary toast notes, there's a dash of winter spices and oily walnuts.
On the palate, it offers gorgeously balanced concoction of blackberry jam, iron-rich meat, firewood, fruit cake and nutty oak are eventually joined by more of those winter spices.
Fizzy oaky tannins and armchair leather simmer in a dry finish.
Bottled at 40% ABV.