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Overall rating
87.44/100
votes
14
Whiskybase ID
WB161790
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Duncan Taylor (DT)
Bottling serie
The Octave - Cask Strength
Vintage
1993
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
27 years old
Casktype
Sherry Octave Cask Finish
Casknumber
4220849
Number of bottles
82
Strength
54.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060294580935
Added on
10 Jul 2020 9:25 am by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 574.11

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14 × member ratings

10 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Cragganmore 1993 DT

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.44 points

  1. Glenjasper scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    How can you give a Cragganmore over 90 points?

    The Diageo offshoot is mostly only used for the department store blends. There are hardly any original bottlings. Apart from the 12-year-old standard bottling and the obligatory Distillers editions, there are only a handful of average whiskys left.

    If you pair such a whisky with the fad of Duncan-Taylor, the "Octave Cask", not much good can come out. For traditional whisky freaks, this is all a no go. And I'm more of a conservative freak.

    Corona had ruined our trip to Scotland in September and we had decided to order and taste some whiskys on the Internet. Among them was the 27-year-old Cragganmore, who with over 400.00 EUR wasn't exactly a bargain.

    If you leave out the distillery and the octave bottling, we had a really good and strong sherry bomb in the glass that knew how to impress.

    Ok, every bottler tries to break new ground and find new sales markets. But not everything that is new has to be bad at the same time, because someone wants to earn (very) well on this whisky.

    For me, the only thing that counts is the result in the glass, and objectively that was so good that you could have guessed a Glendronach in a blind tasting.

    If you are willing to spend the 400.00 EUR, you will not get a world-class whisky, but a very, very good whisky that should do well in a blind tasting.

    Conclusion:

    It wasn't the best whisky of 2020, but it exceeded my expectations many times over. Maybe because I had no expectations and probably would never have bought this bottle myself.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Clear sherry notes, light wood aromas, nutty aromas come through, cinnamon, speculoos, almonds. Christmas spices, light vanilla flavors. Minimal acidity. The flower meadows of the Highlands herald themselves. Dried fruits in the background that gradually come to the fore.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Very strong sherry aromas and dried fruits come up immediately, raisins, dates. Rather dry in the mouth. Then blood oranges appear, which was already announced by the smell of the slight acidity. Cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe cardamom or something like that. Dark chocolate and toffee are noticeable.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Slightly longer finish that lets the wood aromas come out more clearly. The dried fruits also stay in the mouth longer. Toffee and vanilla come out more clearly, but are pushed back by the oranges. Oily nutty flavors come through.

      Overall, little sherry sweetness, but strong dominant aromas, as are typical of over 20-year-old whiskys.

  2. Astrid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Just don't add any water! That's when he gets angry and throws off notes. Pure it is quite neat and intense and you can also tell its age in places, but basically it is drowned by sherry.
    Sample of Bottle No. 32
    • Nose
      88 88
      sweet and fat sherry with vanilla and fine notes of smoked ham, oily and heavy with juicy raisins, strawberry and cherry jam, hazelnut cream with walnuts and a touch of nougat, blood orange fillets, the oak wood is more discreetly noticeable and brings some spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg with, physalis, black balsamic vinegar and brine, tobacco, green peppercorns, apple
    • Taste
      87 87
      punchy, oily and spicy, a carpet made of cinnamon and clove, woody oak that is drying out, also some cedarwood spice, then the acidity already mentioned by others here very slightly, looks a bit metallic and rusty, cocoa powder, brown bread and ash, dried bay leaves, balsamic vinegar, fat sherry with dried dates, a little vanilla and a hint of caramel
    • Finish
      87 87
      oily sherry and cocoa, dull oak and a brief moment of sulfur, cinnamon and ground cloves, vanilla, ash, caramel, becoming dry, grassy with walnuts, whole almonds and marzipan, black bread, earthy-leathery, black balsamic vinegar, some pine needles

  3. katarn_rb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I think the sherry is too hot. Is too acidic, like old balsamic vinegar plus a lot of wood and light sulfur.

  4. Mapl scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    For God's sake ... I was so excited - the nose is fine - still excited - then a disaster follows. Sour, bitter, missing notes - one hopes for a quick finish when it comes to the finish. Ui, unfortunately that's not mine at all.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      76 76

  5. SteveW110 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Well
    Too many missing notes. In addition to the typical sherry notes, I find it slightly musty and sulphurous. Here we are closer to violets, they remind of Bowmore.
    Not my malt

  6. daverdaz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    As a total Cragganmore fan, I found this one rather disappointing. 0 distilleries character. Nice sherry bomb, nothing more. Would have guessed a Bowmore blindly.

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