I’ve had 3 samples of this in store. I just couldn’t commit to a bottle at the price. $600cdn. It’s good, but just missing a little finesse. Has some old refill bourbon cask notes I love though. Old library books, polish, orange oil, paraffin, nice mouthfeel...
I suppose it depends on your location but smws is frustratingly expensive where I am. It’s 20%+ higher than other IBs, and you have to pay for the ‘privilege’ to buy a bottle. I don’t feel their average out turn quality is worth the premium. I’ll stop there.
Edit: Had another dram of this in a ‘master of malts’ tasting. It was my winner, and the rooms top voted malt. It really is a stunner and popped in this setting. It reminds me of the Rare Malts series with its power and grace. A bit of a closed, hard to get nose, and then big palate and finish. I’m no Cragganmore expert, but it’s the best I’ve had. I could see this just getting better and better with some air time. The price still annoys me, but I’m considering it.
Edit: I finally bought this on sale with no regrets.
Spicy and ‘closed’. Honey builds, paraffin, orange oil, kiwi, a little mint. Powerful and takes a few drops of water well.
Big chewy mouthfeel, beeswax, clover honey, honeydew, nougat, toffee, mint, oak spice. Clynelishesque. Rare Maltesque. No funny business, a beautiful old second fill barrel and 30 years.
Good powerful finish. It’s not tired at all. Lots of honey, kiwi, honeydew, beeswax, soft spice, toffee, mint gum.