Renowned whisky writer Michael Jackson held Cragganmore in high regard, while it is mostly overlooked by malt aficionados. Fresh, citric and quite assertive, the aroma features a wide range of flavors. Lime, melon and litchi give way to heather honey, thyme and lavender. Tastewise, crisp and sour notes turn slightly bitter and herbal as the palate progresses, flanked by ginger, white pepper and a touch of banana. Grapefruit, green tea and walnuts fade in the short finish. It's not my favorite classic malt, but it has something to offer if given the chance.
RATING: 3.4/5.0 stars ≙ 82 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [-]
Nose: sweet and floral, fresh and dried fruits, honey, a subtle leather note and a slight whiff of wood spices. Taste: ripe dried fruits, a bit of a grainy note, some spicy oak wood. A finish of medium length with some dried fruits, spicy wood notes and a very mild smokiness.
He was recommended to me as a useful beginner whisky. I had the bottle on the shelf for some time, so I opened it on the tip. Lo and behold: more than usable and not so flat and one-dimensional as feared. This is a Speyside that clearly shows what you commonly expect in Highland whiskys. The bottle will certainly soon be emptied in the circle of friends. I like it very much!
At first he comes across quite malty, that's something he likes. In the background then flowers and honey nuts. And there is more (apples, melons?), Which is very complex and pleasant in the nose. You get a taste for it, it does not always have to be smoky. I like it very much!
A bit of salt? Oak and somewhere also citrus fruits. Then sweet hints, but not so honeyy. That's fine, but a little more alcohol would do him good.
I also had that left over from a set. Honestly, I approached it with bias. He has everything that shouldn't be. 40% / color / filter etc. But, I am pleasantly surprised and now I would say in terms of price-performance it does not need to hide. AND: He has an age.
Smells very malty sweet towards honey breakfast. I'm surprised how pleasant it is on the nose. It is even slightly flowery. Respect.
Wow, the distillery comes through straight away and stays spicy on the palate. Not bad Mister Specht. Salty and bitter peel off. Mouth remains covered with a little lemon and mild apple / pear (Helene sends her regards) Fully OK.
Actually medium to long and delicately bitter but not unpleasant. The sweetness comes back quickly and combines pleasantly with this bitter note. Could go well with the meal.
Dram at the Britannia pub, Borough. December 2018. Aroma is a little sickly, simple oak, woodchip and vanilla. A little cheap smelling if I am totally honest. Taste booze, light esters, apple flesh, subtlest peat, woodchip. Faint peat builds and lingers on. In the end the simple, clean taste profile won me over. Subtle and enjoyable. (3.4/81)