Cragganmore 1997 Distillers Edition
- ABV: 40%
- Age: 13 Years Old
- Bottling: OB, Diageo
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £60
- Origin: Cragganmore distillery
- Vintage: 1997
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.
Official tasting notes:
- Nose: 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.
- Palate: 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.
- Taste: Sweet, intensely fruity fragrances and a deep oak-smoked malty taste, then a longish drying finish with plenty of oak character showing through.
- Body: Light to medium, with rich undertones.
- Finish: 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
The final in our lighter-side-of-Spey trilogy is Cragganores famed Distillers Edition, taking that simple complexity (or complex simplicity) of Cragganmore malt and marrying it with Port casks to finish – sublime!
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark rose gold (12/20), quick large tears with numerous solid legs.
- Nose: Sweet and dusty, fruity, strawberry jam, strawberry meringues and candy floss, sharp strawberry with lime citrus, a wisp of peat smoke.
- Taste: Strawberry marshmallow cake, raspberry, polished oak wood, butterscotch, slightly neutral sweet and aged oak, a hint of cardboard or mustiness, fluffy sweet then zesty and sharp.
- Finish: Long, sweet & sharp, like powdery strawberry bon bons with a sherbet lime centre.
A touch more citric spirit and musty Port cask than usual but still a great expression, loving the strawberry and lime combination in this expression and the general fluffy and jammy sweet qualities.
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