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Cragganmore 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.31/100
votes
66
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2019
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak
Number of bottles
18000
Strength
58.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281059136
Added on
06 Oct 2019 9:50 am by maltaholic
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 90,77

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66 × member ratings

163 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Cragganmore 12-year-old

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.31 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] Cragganmore is an overlooked distillery by many whisky connoisseurs which is a pity because it owns an interesting and delicious profile, if the selected casks support it and not fight against it...

    ...and these casks were very appropriate. If you like Ardmore go for this release because it offers a comparable profile with the extra Cragganmore kick. This is a really nice surprise out of this year's special releases and I could quaff this any day at any time (by the way, this is dimensions better than last year's 8-years old Talisker which was hyped by some experts - but again, there is no accounting for taste). I ordered two more bottles...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers exactly the Cragganmore profile that I like plus peat. It is very impressive on both grassy-floral-fruity malt and spicy-herbal wooden aromas in balance with the delicious peaty notes which remind me of my beloved Ardmore. Hey Diageo, did you here the bell ringing about your previous extremely wood-driven hence unbalanced releases? If so, kudos! There is still a lot of wood impact in this nose but it does not overpower everything else but rather backs and supports all other flavours (as it should be).
    • Taste
      91 91
      In a blind setting I would have guessed this is a delicious Ardmore (due to the peat) but it offers more interesting fruity-floral impressions than Ardmore does. This dram is greatly chewable and releases a lot more flavours this way: fruits, sugars, honeys, waxes, toffee and more. This is very complex for a 12-years old, again kudos! The peat is of the mainland type (no maritime impressions but a warming bonfire in the heather fields) and fits perfectly to all other flavours. You can flagellate me but I like this mix very much.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming with some hot moments (58.4% abv) and a minor coating effect. The finish is of medium length and adds some tasty milk chocolatey notes which are completely unexpected but very welcomed. No distracting bitter or drying moments whatsoever. Water releases chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste sweeter and smoother, hence more quaffable. I like this dram both neat and reduced but in doubt I prefer the raw power of the neat dram.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Holy smoky fruit bomb!

    I could and maybe should leave it at that. The nose is nothing shy of a 2004/05 Ledaig bourbon cask and in the mouth the fruit bomb explodes, releases a fruity freshness that just makes me smile - no Ardbeg could get there albeit the citrus inside... Some peaty Ardmore in the finish...
    Totally surprising. Gary Haggart (distillery manager), what did you distill here? Just fab!

    Schmeckt wie: ich will wieder an die Nordsee... (für Eingeweihte)

    2cl sample
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. JungleDram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    First impression:

    A 12-year-old tortured Speysider in cask strength. "Sober" looks rather less sexy. The bigger the surprise in the glass. A very complex and varied malt, which reveals more and more with each further sip. A warm-spicy mouthfeel, fruity, spicy and floral in equal parts with just the right amount of smoke. The bottle will not last long, so I imagine the perfect malt for the cold season.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    makes nothing wrong - but not my nerve, too modern, nose not mine, for easy drinking he is good with a swoop of water - but he is too expensive. With a lot of patience, I can still tickle out some great flavors here and there - but it's easier to buy a malt that suits me better. I rather like the old Cragganmorestyle from 20 years ago.
    • Nose
      88 88
      first nose without water - overripe partly fermented fruit - with some time, gentle hand warmth and a drop of water rather yellow melon in yummy, lemon and lemon - unfortunately also a bit too much pungent citrus oil for my taste - where I'll quickly be reminded of toilet stone and lime cleaner , Does everything go away over time - the peat notes become more beautiful -
    • Taste
      87 87
      light peat - tingling - fruity lemon, melon, cooked pear nice sweet and sour, light wood, grassy, slightly neutral bitterness - really tasty with water
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very interesting malt, which has reminded me of the style of the old original bottlings of the 1990s, but whose complexity he can not match. I liked the stronger smoke presence very much.

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  6. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Cragganisker

    Cragganmore is Gaelic for ‘high rock’ and the distillery can be found in central Speyside, in the valley halfway between Aberlour and Grantown-on-Spey. While very popular with the blenders (it is an important ingredient of the Johnnie Walker Green Label for example), it only become well-known with a larger audience with the release of the Classic Malts, albeit only as a 12 years old. In 2014 it made its entrance into the Special Release as a 25 years old. This year we are treated to something special, for this Cragganmore is… peated!

    It’s a bit of a scare on the nose at first. Obviously one does not expect peat when nosing Cragganmore. But it carries it well. Initially very sweet – almost candy-like – on apples and pears. Then suddenly heather and peat kick in, giving me the idea that I am sniffing a glass of Ardmore or Ledaig. No, wait! This is more like Talisker. What is all this? But it is both fun and good, so no complaints here.

    On the palate, the surprise is even bigger. It is sweet and salty at the same time. Taste this blind and you’ll swear you are sipping Talisker – I kid you not! Again apples, pears, gooseberries and kiwi berries! But no matter how atypical this Cragganmore may be, it is very tasty!

    In the long finish I again get some sweetness in the guise of caramel or butterscotch.

    Definitely the surprise of the series. Recommended!

  9. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. dillz scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    One of the cheaper Diageo 2019 special releases but a surprisingly great dram. Quite the malty and smoky profile, no complaints at all. Goes down like [insert dirty metaphor here].

    As hs305 said, the peat/smoke is rather Highland (Ardmore) than Islay; if you are a fan of that not-so-maritime style go ahead and get a bottle!

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