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Cragganmore 12 Year


Cragganmore 12 Year Taste ProfileStats – 40% alcohol, Sherry cask matured, Speyside
Price – $50
Color – Honey
Nose – Malt, floral heather, and a slight green mint
Palate – Grace is hard to define, but easy to see. It is a tenuous balance of understated elegance and unmissable presence. Marlene Dietrich once said, “Courage and grace is a formidable mixture.” Cragganmore‘s 12 year (part of Diageo’s ever expanding portfolio of Scothches) manages to walk this line, it is light and easy to drink, but is also full of intricacy. Soft honeycomb sweetness at the start, the body begins to build with rich molasses and brown sugar as well as undertones of oak and vanilla. The finish has a slight kick of black pepper and camphor. This is rounded out by some dry and bitter dark chocolate. This is a pleasant combination of barrel char, peat smoke, honey, and grassy hay notes. The Sherry cask finishing doesn’t come through on this one, but it is still a solid whisky with complex flavors that don’t overpower.

Cragganmore 12 Year Tastes Like:

  1. Bunnahabhain 12 Year (83%)
  2. Port Charlotte – The Peat Project (82%)
  3. Longrow – Gaja Barolo (81%)

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Cragganmore 1993 – The Octave


Cragganmore 1993 - The Octave Taste ProfileStats – 54.8% alcohol, finished for 12 months in reconstructed ex-Sherry Octave cask (which is 1/8th the size of a normal Sherry Butt), Speyside
Price – $150
Color – Very dark auburn
Nose – Sticky sweet and fruity
Palate – Why mess with success? That’s the mantra of many whisky makers. But you have to hand it to Duncan Taylor, who have taken some of the finest whiskies made by some of the best around and decided, “This could be better.” Moving in this case a Cragganmore originally distilled in 1993 into a small ex-Sherry Octave cask for a finishing touch for another year. Their courage has been rewarded because this whisky is unbelievably rich and fills the mouth with caramel and dry dark chocolate. Figs and raisins just pour out of every sip, there is no mistaking the extra time spent in a Sherry cask. There’s also a lot of Bourbon qualities to the sweetness. The complexity goes up a notch just before the finish with hints of nutmeg, clove, and fresh green mint. The finish goes on for what feels like hours with robust fruit-cake flavors and a return of the figs. This whisky is filled with charm and is worth tracking down one of the scant handful of bottles made for anyone who loves their drinks sweet.

Alternatives:

  1. Mortlach 17 Year – AD Rattray (90%)
  2. Dry Fly – Port Finished Wheat Whiskey (86%)
  3. Sullivans Cove – Double Cask (82%)

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