Cragganmore distillery, on the banks of the river Spey, is home to one of the most complex and characterful malt whiskies of the Speyside region. Laura Vernon is the current master distiller.
The distillery was founded in 1869 by Big John Smith on land leased from Sir George Macpherson-Grant. The site was chosen by Smith both for its proximity to the waters of the Craggan burn and because it was close to the Strathspey Railway. Smith was an experienced distiller, having already been manager of the Macallan, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas and Wishaw distilleries.
Cragganmore Scotch can count barley and Scotland’s fastest flowing river as two of its natural influences. In fact, Big John chose the location precisely because of the plentiful supply of spring water, and the connection to the Great Highland Railway line. In fact, Cragganmore was the first Speyside distillery to take advantage of railway transport as a means of bringing in raw materials, and sending out their delicious, unique malt.
Let’s raise a glass to one of the great drams of the Speyside region.
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It started out as a late night “What If?” idea after a dew drams…
“What if we distilled the most heavily-peated barley humanly possible, in the tall, narrow-necked Bruichladdich stills?”
The legendary Octomore, named forthe farm above Port Charlotte is a dram that has taken the world by storm.
The world’s most heavily peated single malt has had a brobdingnagian effect on a world aching for a challenge to comfortable convention. An esoteric series of numbered, experimental, mostly very limited releases, has fatally undermined the assumption that the quality of Scotch whisky is simply a function of its age.
Stop by The Haven in Jamaica Plain – one of the few places that is carrying it in the whole of Boston.
Every Wednesday we welcome a new Dram to our pages.
This week is Balblair, a Higland coastal Malt . Located on the idyllic coast of the Dornoch Firth. This is a lovely dram that is getting harder and harder to get hold of.
If you go to The Haven in Boston they have the 1999.
With influence from both American and Spanish oak, this perfectly rounded Vintage is a true testimony to the craft of traditional whisky-making.
By 1895 the railway had come to Balblair bringing coal for the still and boiler and barley for the malting. To take advantage of the railway line the Distillery moved half a mile north to its current location.
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