2 May, 2024


Step Two

Ahead of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, The Cairn Distillery has today announced the release of CRN57 Step Two – a limited-edition 14 Years Old blended malt Scotch whisky, which marks the second step on the path to releasing its first single malt. 

Available exclusively at the distillery, only 458 bottles of this limited-edition whisky are available.  Celebrating the distillery’s breathtaking home in the Cairngorms, the number of bottles (458) matches the height, in metres, of the hill closest to the distillery; Carn na Loinne.

The Cairn builds on 127-years of whisky expertise of its owners, Gordon & MacPhail.  Each of the CRN57 whiskies evoke the character and flavours that will be in evidence in the single malts currently being distilled and matured at The Cairn – providing an opportunity to taste the future today. The distillery sits just outside Grantown-on-Spey and is the first to be built in the area since the Cairngorms National Park was founded in 2003.


The Cairn sits on 57 degrees latitude from the equator and the CRN57 range features whiskies from 12 Years Old up to 70 Years Old, the oldest blended malt Scotch whisky in the world.

Step Two has been bottled at 43% ABV. On the nose, ripe apple and cinnamon with bonfire embers.  Bursting with flavours of citrus and blueberry, with sweet smoke and berries, finishing with mixed nuts and a floral edge.

Stuart Urquhart, Director of Operations, remarked: “Step Two is the next in the series of releases that will take us towards the Cairn’s first single malts. It will provide visitors with a taste of what’s to come and with only a handful of bottles available, we expect this to be a popular release”.


Nestled on the banks of the river Spey on the northern frontier of the Cairngorms National Park, every detail of The Cairn Distillery has been considered to create a remarkable structure that is reflective of its environment. From its sedum roof which encourages insect life to thrive, to the Caithness stone pathways, every aspect is designed to respect the natural shapes and colours around it. Reforestation projects are also underway to encourage native species and particular care has been taken to encourage the local population of rare goldeneye ducks.

CRN57 Step Two can be purchased at a UK RRP of £70, exclusively at The Cairn Distillery.

Open all year round, visitor experiences start at £25, with three options for tours available.

 For more information on CRN57 Step One or to book your trip to The Cairn Distillery, please visit: www.thecairndistillery.com.

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