Whisky Review: Cragganmore Distillers Edition 1987
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Cragganmore Distillery
Bottling: Diageo, Distillers Edition
Cost: £57.83 for current (2003) DE at Master of Malt
What they say:
The complexity of Cragganmore makes it an out-of-the-ordinary choice for a second cask finish. However, port-wine casks provide the perfectly harmonious partner.
Age: 12 years old
Strength: 40% ABV
Place of Origin: Ballindalloch
Jellybabies! Sweet, black ones – complete with powdery sugar. And, of course, malt. A tantalising aroma, much, much fruitier and more mouthwatering than the standard Cragganmore. Just a hint of moke does linger.
Firm, arousing stuff. Initially sweet with some deep smoky undertones and a rather off-beat fruitiness. Malt, oak and smoke seem to rumble around the base of the palate. An intriguingly two-tiered malt.
in brief… Sweet fruity aromas with malt, oak and smoke.
in a sentence… Sweet, intensely fruity fragrances and a deep oak-smoked malty taste, then a longish drying finish with plenty of oak character showing through.
Light to medium, with rich undertones.
Medium to long with a breathtakingly fine explosion of oaky expressions, running from bananas and vanilla to cocoa. Much drier than that very first sweet burst.
What I say:
One of my first whisky loves was a ’92 or ’93 distilled version of the classic Cragganmore Distillers Edition, at the time I was unaware of the complexities of Cragganmore and thought of it as just another soft and simple Speysider which was absolutely transformed by additional maturation in ex Port Casks. With time I came to really appreciate Cragganmore 12 year old and recently had a chance to sample several Cragganmore DE editions from a range of decades!
Rose gold (11/20) medium tears leave fine legs
Sweet, love heart sweeties, fruity; cherry, plum. apple. pear, floral roses, sherbet fizz, citric, gentle cereal barley, vanilla, strawberry and vanilla cream or custard, dusty icing sugar, berry fruits and light honey
Light bodied, sweet and fruity, honeyed fruit, gentle cereal barley malt, berries, strawberry and raspberry with a hint of spice; white pepper, citric sherbet acidity and a little tannic oak wood
Medium, gentle fruity, honeyed, barley and light oak
What a wonderful expression, this DE really transforms Cragganmore into something very special yet remains light enough to compliment the original flavours in the whisky prior to it’s Port finishing. I would count this as one of those whisky expressions everyone must try – I’d be surprised if you don’t like it.
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