The founder, 'Big' John Smith was only 36 at the time, but had already been a manager of the Macallan, Glenlivet and Wishaw distilleries, and the lessee of Glenfarclas.
A massive railway enthusiast, Smith himself was so big that he was unable to sit down in a normal carriage and had to travel in the guards' van. After his death in 1886, the distillery remained in the family until the 1920s, when it was bought by White Horse, a subsidiary of Distillers Company Ltd (which eventually became part of Diageo).
Cragganmore has a complex fruity, toffeed style, being mostly from refill sherry casks. It has been the Speyside representative in Diageo's Classic Malts range since 1987.