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Average Shop & Tour
  • 92.93
    Ambiance
  • 47.07
    Selection
  • 84.43
    Value
  • 93.00
    Service
  1. Fat Bastard! did not rate this distillery Connoisseur

    Through contact with a friend of the owners and Colin Poppy we were invited for a chat and a tasting of two cask samples.

    Bourbon Cask no. 5, 7yo was already a stunning dram, complex, fruity and ready for bottling by our opinion (bring it on!!!)

    Sherry Cask no.130, 7yo was still a little restless and not complete in balance but taste was also very promising.

    We did the extensive tour and tasting of some old Cragganmore's in 2018, the additional tasting of these cask samples would make this an 95 point experience in my book.

  2. Gogopro52 scored this distillery 71 points Expert Senior

    We've had a nice tour with Brian, but as the team is quite small he's probably the only "guide".


    The start was a little bit strange, as we arrived about 30 minutes before tour start and there was literally no open door, no possibility to wait, nothing at all.


    But then Brian opened the doors right before the official tour start and we were offered some tea and we were talking about the distillery, the project, the founders, the royal family (which is not really of interest, when visiting a distillery, but anyhow). Brian is a nice guy, as well as the distillery is quite nice. But in the end Ballindalloch is a royal distillery in some way, where you can see, that they took every penny they could get by EU and government to get that thing started. It is missing of history (which is not the most important, but heritage in some way is), it is definetely missing of heart and also missing of passion for whisky itself.


    The 35 pound tour was interesting and every question was answered. Nice equipment, too.


    But there was no possibility to taste the wash which is quite nice to get a first taste of the distillery.


    The tasting in the end with the sherry cask matured Cragganmores (and also there some story about, ohhh the owner has some casks here and there - nice) is indeed quite nice, but isn't giving me anyimpression of this distillery at all. Of course it is something like a privilege to taste that kind of Whisky, but guys it still is a whisky from another distillery! It would have been much more interesting to have a tasting line consisting of new make spirit, a 1 y.o. Bourbon cask matured and a 2 y.o. Sherry cask matured or something like that. Because that's why enthusiasts are visiting distilleries, to get a taste of the distillery and not of others or at least not only of others. If they would have started with the own spirits in progress and would have given then a dram of Cragganmore 27 to show "this is where we want to be in 12 years" everything would have been perfect.


    I don't know if my impressions are wrong, but this is something like an english distillery in Scotland and that's not my thing.


    For me whisky is much more about passion, about heart, about guts and the right feeling.


    Anyhow I'm going to buy a bottle when it is ready.

    Total
    68
    Ambiance
    87
    Selection
    20
    Value
    80
    Service
    85

  3. karloff scored this distillery 54 points Specialist

    This is a nice small distillery and you can't miss it if you are on the A95. It was shut when I arrived but the bloke that was there said I could wonder around and take photos. That didn't take long as it is quite small. 

    Total
    50
    Ambiance
    88
    Selection
    40
    Value
    1
    Service
    70

  4. NorthCoast500 scored this distillery 94 points Expert Senior

    One of the best tours I had... Sadly no whisky from them yet - but 3 stunning Cragganmore drams at the end of the tour. We got a private tour and felt very welcome.

    Total
    93
    Ambiance
    95
    Selection
    75
    Value
    100
    Service
    100

  5. thijs100 scored this distillery 98 points Connoisseur

    One of the best tours in Speyside.

    Total
    98
    Ambiance
    100
    Selection
    90
    Value
    100
    Service
    100

  6. The Prophet scored this distillery 80 points Expert Junior

    No selection yet, but the new make is exciting!

    Total
    75
    Ambiance
    100
    Selection
    1
    Value
    100
    Service
    100

  7. whioli scored this distillery 97 points Connoisseur

    Tour by Brian !!!
    old Cragganmore's at the tasting!!!
    Total
    96
    Ambiance
    95
    Selection
    95
    Value
    95
    Service
    100

  8. Fat Bastard! scored this distillery 71 points Connoisseur

    Mooie nieuwe distilleerderij waar helaas nog niets van gebotteld is of te proeven valt.

    Zeer uitgebreide en gastvrije rondleiding genoten en afgesloten met drie fantastische Cragganmore's uit de privé collectie van de eigenaar.

    Total
    65
    Ambiance
    90
    Selection
    1
    Value
    75
    Service
    95

  9. malt65 scored this distillery 83 points Connoisseur

    Total
    81
    Ambiance
    94
    Selection
    50
    Value
    85
    Service
    94

Distillery location

Lagmore
AB37 9AA
Scotland Speyside

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