The Ultimate Cragganmore

The Ultimate Cragganmore
First released as part of Diageo’s Special Release collection in 2016, it is fair to say that the Cragganmore Limited Edition was something of an outlier. As the only non-age statement in the 2016 collection, it was perhaps overlooked the first time around. It has now come to light that aficionados, and those in the know, have in fact been squirreling bottles away over the past two years, quietly letting others steal the headlines. This Special Release is a genuine unsung hero, and we are delighted to offer a very limited amount from our stock.

Located a flick from the River Spey, most will recognise the distillery for its 12 year-old; one of the original “Classic Malts”. This, their flagship whisky, was one of the six chosen in 1988 to represent each of Scotland’s major whisky regions. As the rep for Speyside - effectively the heartland of Scotch - Cragganmore ranks as a superstar. As a well-known and hugely admired brand with a wide range of maturing casks in the cellar, in producing this whisky, the charge was simple; assemble the “ultimate” Cragganmore.

In selecting the components for this Special Release, the goal was to maintain Cragganmore’s hallmarks of rich fruit, smooth mouthfeel and stylish flavours, but to delve in to the very best casks in the cellar, irrespective of age, and find new and exciting elements that elevate the whole. Eventually opting for three different cask types; refill and rejuvenated American oak, and Sherry finished European casks, the spirit is bright and soulful, complex, and quite unlike anything they have produced before. With a total run of just 4,932 bottles for the global market, it will not be around forever.