Single Malt Aficionados Club
ABOUT OUR SINGLE MALT SCOTCH CLUBS
Members of our buyers' club share an enthusiasm for the malt elixir in the most practical way, by saving time and money. No initiation or fees of any sort are charged. We simply ask that you undertake to remain in the club for the period of one year. As a club member you will receive a carefully selected, often unique bottling, complete with background information, shipped directly to your home or office every other month. The Single Malt Aficionados' Club is dedicated to seeking out and enjoying the rarest and most classic of truly aged malts, has a limit of $119.99, per shipment on the cost for the bottle itself.(Does not include tax and or shipping) That's it. No strings just pure enjoyment.
In December 2013 our members received:
Cragganmore 1991 22 Year Old A.D Rattray
This month’s selection for you is an A.D. Rattray bottling of Cragganmore 22 year Speyside. The founder of Cragganmore deserves a mention or two before we get to the whisky his progeny produced. John Smith was the less favored son of whisky legend George Smith; John was studying to be a lawyer when his older brother fell ill and died, catapulting him to the heir apparent role at his father’s The Glenlivet. Somehow between studying law and taking over Glenlivet in his mid-thirties, John managed to become one of the most proficient distillers of his time, being the manager or leesee of Macallan, Wishaw, and Glenfarclas in addition of his duties at The Glenlivet. A man with an outsized shadow on the Scotch industry, he was also a quite large man, fluctuating between 308 and 350 pounds during his time as a whisky man. Though a great lover of trains, he could only fit into the caboose.
At the foot of the hill we passed the Ballindalloch railway station, then crossed the bridge, rather a dangerous one, over the burn, and in ten minutes arrived at our destination. The Cragganmore Distillery was built in the year 1869, by Mr. John Smith and covers three acres of ground. It faces the river Spey: and the hill of Cragganmore, 1,600 feet above the sea-level, rises at the back. The water supply is from the Craggan Burn, which flows through the property, and drives both waterwheels” Alfred Barnard, The Whisky Distilleries of Scotland (1887)
John Smith enthusiastically embraced the era’s new railway technology and Cragganmore was the first distillery situated to take advantage of it, built as close to the railway line as was possible. In 1887, one year after his death, the first “Whisky Special”, carrying some 16,000 gallons, pulled out of Ballindalloch station. Though Big John was not there to see it, this posthumously proved the investment sound. When Johns Smith’s son Gordon came of age and took over in 1901, he rebuilt the entire distillery. True to tradition he retained the flat top original stills designed by his father. It is this still design that gives Cragganmore its unique aromas.
In the present day, Laura Vernon is the current Master Distiller. Laura was raised in the area surrounding Cragganmore, went away for her studies, received a Chemistry degree and worked in the Phrma industry, all to return home and take over the reins of this storied distillery.
This month’s selection, brought to us by A.D. Rattray, is bottled at cask strength (55.6%) and has aromas of banana bread, tropical fruits, brown spice and a whisper of peat. The palate is kept on the light and lively side with some tropical fruit and lemon infused honey undertones on the finish.