Cragganmore 12 Year

Peated Single Malt

Cragganmore // Speyside, Scotland

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    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose: Sherry, light oak, some mild dried pear and honey/apple notes. A little malt, caramel fudge and nutty aromas. It's well constructed, quite big and robust. As it opens a warm, deep floral note comes forward. [The dry glass aroma is heather honey and traces of charcoal]. Palate: A rounded and mostly sweet malty arrival with a little dry tannin at the sides. The development mainly brings sherry and diverse sugary notes but they are on an umami foundation, which is unusual. It gives the palate texture and prevents it from being sickly-sweet. With some time in the glass a honey note emerges. Finish: Medium/short. A sherry aftertaste lingers with a hint of mild coffee. It's years since I last tasted Cragganmore but it's still very much as I remembered - a competent single malt with a classic (almost iconic) Speyside sherry profile that is just slightly on the dry side. It's balanced, pleasantly fragrant and rounded but is certainly not a sherry-bomb. There is nothing difficult or off-putting about it, but you could also say it lacks a the spark of challenge that makes a single malt really interesting. There is a strong reminiscence of the Johnnie Walker house profile that suggests Diagio uses this distillate as a component in their blends (you get the same impression to a greater or less degree from a lot of the Flora & Fauna releases, but here in this Classic Malt release it is very strong). The official profile summary here is "fruity & tart", but personally I'd say "fruity and softly dry". I also didn't detect smoke on the palate, other than maybe a faint leathery-ash note, and I don't remember ever particularly associating smoke with this whisky. "Good" : 3.5 stars
    100.0 AUD per Bottle
  2. nasumi

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  3. PEZwhiskey

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
  4. mattp24019

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    12.0 USD per Shot
    O'Sullivan's Irish Pub
  5. kyoukenbyou

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Lovely
  6. BuffaloRoots

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Honey. Nuts. Fruits. What’s not to like? Tasty beverage
  7. massier2

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Sweet and honey. Peaty hint. Easy to drink. Worth stocking Nick Boehm’s
  8. lpessers

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  9. michaeljz

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    The nose on this whisky is complex and filled with strawberries, bananas, citrus, malt, and honey. The palate starts out very mild, but gradually reveals fruit, honey, and nuts. Would need more on the palate to give a higher rating, but still very well done.
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