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August 11, 2023



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Right this moment Cragganmore official vs. unbiased


Cragganmore Distillery (Diageo)

Cragganmore is turning into scarce. It is truly amusing to be taught, as Angus talked about the opposite day, that sure ‘Secret Speysides’ from the previous, which everybody believed to be Glenfarclas, had been truly Cragganmore. As a result of whereas the mere point out of the city of Ballindalloch used to place us heading in the right direction (however after all), it is value remembering that Cragganmore too is positioned in Ballindalloch. Moreover, after twenty years and a little bit of eau-de-vie, some tongues are inclined to loosen, and previous secrets and techniques come to gentle… Now the indie we’ll have right now shouldn’t be ‘secret’…

Cragganmore 15 yo '150th Anniversary' (48.5%, OB, Distillery Exclusive, 2019)

Cragganmore 15 yo ‘one hundred and fiftieth Anniversary’ (48.5%, OB, Distillery Unique, 2019) Four stars
We have by no means tried this 15 years previous, we have solely ever tried 2010’s 14 years for the Associates Of The Basic Malts. Does that great shopper membership nonetheless exist, by the best way? I imagine that many individuals had been educated about single malt whisky because of them and their printed newsletters had been much more extraordinary than these of Ardbeg. The arrival of the all-digital period has destroyed a whole lot of model worth, sadly, but it surely’s amusing to see DNVBs entering into print once more… Anyway… Color: straw. Nostril: it is a zesty, somewhat bourbon-cask-driven nostril, recent; fashionable, somewhat on mirabelles and IPA, citrusy hops, granny smith, then lemongrass, verbena and spearmint from the wooden. Solely constructive feedback to make this far. Mouth: good punch, extra oak spices (the same old pepper, cinnamon and ginger), all the time apples and plums, all the time these flavourful herbs, then grapefruit pores and skin and custard, whereas oranges would then acquire increasingly significance within the combo. End: somewhat lengthy, leafy, all the time with these oak spices and citrus peel. Cinnamon mints and lemon drops within the aftertaste. Feedback: an excellent, highly effective Cragganmore that feels stronger than 48.5%.

SGP:561 – 86 factors.

Cragganmore 26 yo 1995/2022 (54.7%, Hunter Laing, The First Editions, sherry butt, cask #HL 19119, 300 bottles)

Cragganmore 26 yo 1995/2022 (54.7%, Hunter Laing, The First Editions, sherry butt, cask #HL 19119, 300 bottles) Four stars and a half
We had tried sister cask #19521 bottled on the similar energy final 12 months, and thought it was fairly excellent (WF 88). It is all the time fairly thrilling to style the admirable Cragganmores and the younger Taliskers that the 2 branches of the very honourable Laing household handle to supply us every so often! Color: deep gold. Nostril: we’re nearer to the traditional, extra sherry-driven Cragganmores, together with the older official twelves. There is a waxiness that is fairly near some ‘good’ cleaning soap (pure!), some inexperienced walnuts, some cigarette tobacco (we hold mentioning old-style Camels), brown ale, amontillado, muscovado, bits of previous leather-based… With water: pure beeswax and overripe apples. Easy however excellent combo. Mouth (neat): baggage of oranges and a few chocolate. Jaffa cake, orangettes… That is very Cragganmore in my e-book, certainly. Then greener berries, greengages, gooseberries, extra chocolate, some espresso… With water: and voilà, oranges and varied black teas, plus the same old walnuts. End: lengthy, punchy, only a tad inexperienced and spicy ultimately, coming nearer to the OB in that respect. Feedback: we might like extra Cragganmore and extra Bowmore (properly, that is intelligent, S.)

SGP:561 – 88 factors.







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