Saturday, 14 January 2017

Cragganmore 12 & 1999 Single Cask Reviews

Hi guys,

Some quick Cragganmore today. Did you know they have worm tubs? Which should create a more intense, meaty style. Like Mortlach, Talisker or Benrinnes. Alas, Diageo have seen fit to release this at 12 years old at 40%, so it's never really achieved the status of the others.

Cragganmore 12 year old 40%
Colour: E150a
Body: Light
Nose: Light and mellow. Woody, wood resin, wood polish, sandalwood, light sherry, fruit- Apple, pear, touch of raspberry, toffee, fudge, nuts.
Taste: Soft creamy oak, whisky, bit of spice, freshly sanded wood, fino Sherry.
More fruity with a drop of water.
Finish: Short length. Creamy oak with a bit of coffee.
Opens up with a drop of water. Lacking something....
64/100

Cragganmore 1999 'Clerk of the Works' 49.6%

Colour: Light Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: A lovely natural one. A little alcohol, lovely honey, soft vanilla, shortbread biscuit, light soft fruitiness, red apple and pear.
Taste: Green apple, pear, then red apple, apple skin, oily shortbread biscuits, more spice building with ginger and nutmeg, oak from the Hogshead, some more juicy pear then.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Oak, pear and apple crumble, then dry sandalwood.
Bottled by Speciality Drinks for Hawksmoor restaurant, London. Batch 001. The kind of thing I'm always on the lookout for, really unique bottling.
77/100

Thanks for reading!

Reviews #279-#280

Network Average: 75.4
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 44
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just about OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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