Category: Single Malt
Manufacturer and bottler: Cragganmore Distillery (Diageo)
Series: Classic Malts of Scotland
Volume: 750 ml
Bottling date: 08/29/2019
Min. age: 12 years old
Nose. Immediately open, intense. Gentle light smoke, cream, caramel, lemon slices with sugar, green and yellow apples, a little flower honey, oatmeal, hazelnuts, malt, spices (pepper, ginger, nutmeg), industrial metallic and sulphurous notes. Young, simple and clear.
Taste. Very light, seems very diluted. Echoes the aroma. Slight honey-vanilla and caramel sweetness at the beginning. The main space of taste is occupied by sourness from lemon and green apples, malt notes. At the end come pepper, charcoal, nutty viscosity and some sea salt. In general, a well-balanced, soft, but flat taste.
Aftertaste. The average. Charcoal, salted caramel
Summary. The style of this whisky is a cross between distilleries like Ardmore and Caol Ila, but not as richly caramelized and creamy as the former, and not as lemony and smoky as the latter. As a curious feature, it can be noted that, due to the use of the ancient system of worm baths as coolants, a slightly metallic salty taste is felt in it. In any case, an unobtrusive pastime for the dram of another of this whisky is guaranteed to you and it is definitely no worse than those comparable in price and characteristics of the same age. However, it cannot be called outstanding either - beginners will most likely like it (except for those who can’t stand peat and caramel sweetness in spirit), while lovers can easily find a number of shortcomings for themselves.
Rating: 82 out of 100.