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Cragganmore 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.59/100
votes
1171
Whiskybase ID
WB162
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Speyside Malt
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281005430
Added on
22 Jul 2007 12:44 am
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 41.71

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1171 × member ratings

32 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Cragganmore 12-year-old

151 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.59 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 82 points Super Administrator

    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
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting sample
    10 minutes do it very well, 20 better, nose: apple, light cereal notes, bitter almond, raisins, later honey
    Taste: Direct sherry, sultana, cocoa, proving
    Finish: medium long, beautiful sherry notes, nutty
    Conclusion: 84/100, my underestimated Malt, beautiful Allday dram

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Simo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Punktar scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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!
    • Nose
      90 90
      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!
    • Taste
      80 80
      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.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Warm, medium long, pleasant with echoes of oak.

  6. Bomshanka scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A simple but not unpleasant speysider, that has most going for it on the immediate palate.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Lemonzest, sourdough, floral notes, slightly minty.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet and sour attack, lemon bonbons, malty, bready, slight minty notes.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium length. Spicy, slightly bitter, lemonzest is back, drying at the end.

  7. Moses scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      Smells very malty sweet towards honey breakfast.
      I'm surprised how pleasant it is on the nose. It is even slightly flowery. Respect.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A simple dram for summer evenings. IMO the runt of the Classic Malts litter.
    • Nose
      Pears, beer, honey, a wisp of smoke from a fireplace far away, and meadow flowers. Feels like some 1st fill bourbon was involved.
    • Taste
      Sweet, watery and flattish entry. Again that wisp of smoke, then honey mixed with a bit of lager.
    • Finish
      Sweet, honeyed, with a coffeelike bitterness in the tail.

  9. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    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)

  10. SimondeVette scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Not very pronounced, but simply good
    • Nose
      Caramel, vanilla, grass, honey
    • Taste
      A bit of wood, caramel, honey, fruity, fruit salad
    • Finish
      Pretty long and soft

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