There isn't all that much of single malt from Cragganmore on the market. The core range exists of the classic 14 years old and this yearly repeated Distillers Edition. But apart from some special releases we are done here. That has everything to do with the fact that most of this malt goes into some of the world's best sold blends, Johnnie Walker Green Label mostly.What is not widely known, is that Cragganmore actually uses mildly peated barely! Indeed, I kid you not. This Distillers Edition, distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2019, got its second maturation on port casks.
Excellent nose on dried yellow fruit, a handful of hazelnuts, marzipan, sweet and sour kiwi and the sap of young twigs. Vanilla custard. A hint of smoke that gives it complexity and depth. I am quite fond of this, mind you.
The body is rather light. The dried fruit returns immediately and his upholstered with some strawberry and raspberry, black tea, sweet barley sugar and again that wonderful trace of smoke. This really is from the used peat, never mind how minimal. Very good.
I would have loved a slightly longer finish but it is nevertheless lovely.
This is another one of those underrated, unknown malts. I am happy that from time to time I do consider tasting them. Know that a bottle of this will cost you only €55. Surely you cannot leave it on the shelf for that price?