People and places don't just shape a Single Malt Scotch Whisky's flavour. They change the course of its future. Get a taste of how the whisky you love today came to be, with this brief Cragganmore timeline.
The distillery is founded by John Smith, thought to be the most experienced distiller of his day. A former manager of Macallan, Glenlivet and Wishaw distilleries, and leaseholder of Glenfarclas distillery – he persuades his landlord, Sir George Macpherson-Grant, to lease him the land to build a new distillery at Ballindalloch beside the Strathspey railway line.
The first 'whisky special' leaves Ballindalloch Station for Aberdeen, it's 25 wagons carrying 300 casks of Cragganmore.
Cragganmore is rebuilt.
Gordon Smith dies young and his widow Mary Jane takes over the running of the distillery.
Production is suspended during wartime.
The distillery reopens. Mrs Smith installs electric lighting powered by a Kohler petrol-driven generator.
Mary Jane sells the distillery to White Horse Distillers Ltd. They rate the whisky A1.
A new warehouse is erected, where 360,000 gallons of Cragganmore can be aged.
The Second World War halts production due to barley shortages.
The coal fired stills are converted to a mechanical stoking system.
Capacity increases as the number of stills is doubled to four.
All four stills are converted to steam heating from an oil fired boiler.