Another one in the Diageo portfolio…yes they get everywhere. Cragganmore is another Speyside distillery and is one that is held in high regard. The range is limited to this 12 year old and a distillers reserve which leads me to believe that Diageo use much of the malt from this distillery in its blended portfolio. I have read much about how Cragganmore produce complex malts which may be due to them using lightly peated malt, long fermentation processes, unusually shaped stills and worm tubs. Based on this I expect some similarities to Ben Nevis and Craigellachie. Let’s see.
Whisky: Cragganmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%
Nose: Spice, oak, varnish, roasted nuts, copper, red wine
Taste: Dark chocolate, hazelnut, honey, berries, raisins, sultanas
Finish: Dark bitter chocolate, roasted nuts
Summary: This gives the impression of a classic sherried single malt with those notes of dried fruits and nuts. I find the taste more appealing than what I got on the nose. There are nice notes of dark chocolate and hazelnuts, although not as prominent as you would find in Bunnahabhain 12. The Cragganmore 12 is not as complex as I expected but it does carry a rich/weighty texture to some extent however this is an interesting single malt nonetheless.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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