1990 Cragganmore Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

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1990 Cragganmore Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
$135.00 Bottle
  • ABV 40%

Although only 36 years old, John Smith was a legend deserving of his motto by the time he came to the Spey in 1869. When a very young man, twenty or more years before, he was already manager at Macallan. He went on to be commissioning manager at Glenlivet in 1858 then, after a spell away from Speyside at the Clydesdale distillery in Wishaw, returning as the lessee of Glenfarclas in 1865. All the while this giant of a man (weighing by various estimates anything up to 26 stone) had in mind the building of his own, definitive Speyside distillery. Leasing from Sir George Macpherson-Grant a site formerly used by illicit distillers at Ayeon Farm, he chose his time and place well. No new distillery had been built thereabouts for as many as twenty years, yet a boom was being enjoyed in whisky consumption. Not only this, but Smith's chosen landlord was a major shareholder in the new railway; he built the distillery with a private siding in the confident expectation of increased freight traffic. Half a mile from the Strathspey railway at Ballindalloch Station, this was the first Speyside distillery sited to take advantage of railway transport. Designed by the experienced Elgin architect, Charles Doig, the new distillery buildings were hewn from hard, granite-like 'greenstone'. This was quarried from the 1600-foot hill of "Cragan Mor", from which the distillery takes its name. Most of the annual output of around 100,000 gallons was immediately sold on to James Watson of Dundee for blending. On John Smith's death in 1886, his 14-year-old son Gordon was too young to take over the business. John Smith's brother, George, oversaw it until Gordon’s maturity. Unusually, young Gordon Smith learned his trade in South Africa before taking control in 1893. In 1901, he rebuilt the entire distillery in the form we know today, though in keeping with tradition, the two pairs of flat-top stills (designed by John Smith himself), were preserved. Through later changes of ownership and two world wars, Cragganmore continued to produce a complex, highly prized malt, which in 1925 was rated the leading malt for blending in Speyside.

Whisky writers today have described Cragganmore as “One of Speyside's greats. Elegant and austere. Gradually, almost reluctantly, reveals itself. The most fragrant of whiskies: delicate, herbal, flowery. A palate blossoming with flavours, and a long, lingering, finish." (Michael Jackson)size>

Historically the Port pipe was as common as the Sherry barrel to use to finish a malt whisky. The Distiller’s Edition Cragganmore returns to the past and brings a new dimension to this benchmark malt, via the finishing of the whisky in Port-wine cask wood. Doing so, Cragganmore’s Master Distiller has found a wonderful partner, adding succulent plummy fruit notes to the malt of this great Speyside whisky. Distilled 1990. Bottled 2003. 40% Alc./Vol. Very Limited Stocks.color>
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