Cragganmore 20 Year Old 1991 Cask 1157 (54.2%, Master of Malt, Cask 1157, 274 bottles, 2011)
- Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- RRP £49.95 for 70cl
- Score 85/100
What they say:
A 20 year old single cask Cragganmore. We absolutely love this, it has just the right amount of sweetness, and just the right amount of maturity. Distilled on the 8th March 1991 and bottled in March 2011, this is a refill hoggie-matured Speyside whisky, with an outturn of 274 bottles. Non-chillfiltered, with no artificial colouring. Just pure, unadulterated deliciousness!
Nose: Toasty and soft, with lots of sweet malt. Gentle oak, which offers up notes of cinnamon and vanilla.
Palate: Rounded and thick, with vanilla to the fore. This is not unlike a kind of alcoholic custard in fact, with more than a suggestion of apple strudel and stewed rhubarb. In the glass it becomes quite woody, and almost vegetal, with a hint of chamomile tea with honey in it.
Finish: Good length, tangy and spicy, with a little orange zest and some cocoa.
Overall: Spicy and rich, leave it in the glass and it opens up beautifully. Really a very complex whisky indeed.
What I say:
Having blitzed my way through the standard Cragganmore 12 year old offering from Diageo I couldn’t wait to get my hands on something more. I had already tried the Distillers edition via a friend and knew how good that was. Then I came across this bottling from Master of Malt’s own range. This was my first purchase from a specialist online whisky retailer and I couldn’t resist the age, distillery and the fact it was cask strength all for under £50. Plus I got a couple of master of malt glasses free! Bottle number 214 of 283 [9 bottles went missing already?], glad I grabbed this as soon as I could as it was sold out very very quickly. Fantastic unadulterated cask strength from Cragganmore, no fancy finishing here just pure Cragganmore spirit in a bourbon hogshead for 20 years. Yum yum yum, pure and simple old speyside whisky.