Cragganmore 1973

Overall rating
88.55/100
votes
211
Whiskybase ID
WB459
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2003
Vintage
1973
Bottled
2003
Stated Age
29 years old
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
52.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281017594
Added on
08 oct 2007 6:43 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 827.79

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292 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Cragganmore 1973

38 users have left 49 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.55 points.

  1. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delicious cragganmore with lots of cereals, fruit and nicely balanced spices
    • Nose
      89 89
      thick liquorice stands above the glass, apples, pears, pineapple, banana, kumquats, lychee, melon, later orange blossom, sweet nectar, honey and more and more peach, peppermint, thyme, hyssop, traces of smoke, some furniture polish, beautiful wood notes
    • Taste
      88 88
      oily, creamy, strong onion with chocolate porridge, kumquats, pineapple, apples, pears, a lot of peach, cardamom, some cinnamon, a lot of white pepper and dark chocolate, mint tea, licorice tea, a splash of grapefruit, slightly hazelnut, nut oil with some water fruity , rounder
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium long, chocolate oatmeal, dark drinking chocolate, liquorice, peppermint, pineapple, kumquats, peach and in the end still blueberries

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  3. gossm01 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of moderate intensity. I have aromas of hay, apples, vanilla, creme brulee, citrus and malty sweetness. Pretty complex part. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is very well integrated and it has a medium body.

  4. DistiLesha scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    It's hard to say it's whisky. Malt notes often overtook me in cognac, rum, and calvados in the aroma.
    The conclusions are depressing - it feels like they took a burnt distillate and poured it into some kind of bourbon barrels, which already felt the breath of death, then there was additional aging in some kind of wine.

    21 20 20 20
    • Nose
      Wet, high-roast ground coffee from a coffee maker, green apples, apple peel, sweet malt, a touch of floral perfume, vanilla stick, burning lemongrass, kumquat, Cinnabon buns.
    • Taste
      Wet, boiled ground coffee of a high degree of roasting did not go away from the coffee maker, but acted as the main figure in the taste. Apples have become Calvados. And also the same vanilla, lemnograss, lime (it turned out almost tom-yum), well, and burning ginger.
    • Finish
      Calm, background. Almost without any serious tannins, but dry and astringent in the mouth.

  5. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Lovely citrus, oranges and grapefruit, mellow spices, boiled fruit (pear). Hint of caramel, sweet, long lasting.

  6. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Orange, grapefruit, fresh and fruity, the mint pulls behind the frontal sinuses directly into the brain stem. When you come to, you can smell pears, heather and almonds
    • Taste
      88 88
      A little pepper, pineapple and a hint of cinnamon
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish could be longer

  7. Likudi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Typically cool, old Cragganmore, there is actually not much else to say, no missing notes, but slightly dirty as it should be for Craggi.
    • Nose
      Sweetish, clear malt and leather, cocoa powder, nutmeg, camphor, red apple, a little herbal honey, bitter orange, typically Craggi slightly dirty, but nice, rosemary, gooseberry, plums
    • Taste
      Great, dry sweetness, pecans, plums, plums, red apple with skin, macadamia, hazelnut, bitter orange, gooseberry, crunchy malt everywhere, herbal honey, oregano, fennel tea, tick earl gray, wax, pear, grapefruit
    • Finish
      Dry, malt, liquorice, polished oak, grasses, tick honey, ham, medium to long, apple peel

  10. kot1803 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  11. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F22 B22

  12. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22 23 24 23 92 - well-breathed bottle at the festival

    21 22 23 22 88 - from the opening and throughout the evening, the taste and aftertaste are very solid, but the nose did not give us balance, which is a pity!

  13. KonstUA scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 23, balance 23

  14. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very beautiful and full, strong whisky. Very enjoyable.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very fruity, lemon, floral, pineapple, orange. Pretty prominent alcohol, also some green plants.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Pretty some pepper, full taste, strong and fruity. Tropical fruits, some orange, honey sweet, some milkchocolate, creamy structure.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Still some pepper, fruity, peach, tropical fruits. Long finish, wood influence now, honey. Then suddenly alcohol comes up again, and some cigar tobacco remains in the mouth long afterwards.

  15. whiskyreini scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

  16. ricallende scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A Superb whisky, highly recommendable
    • Nose
      Fresh and floral. Aromas of fruit salad,citrus and a little oak.
    • Taste
      Flavors of pineapple, papaya, citrus and hints of spice
    • Finish
      The finish is very long and really spicy. It last for a while and fades into a great sweetness

  17. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm Nose 4/5 Mouth and finish 3/5 Whisky n ° 1655
    • Nose
      Noisetté and creamy, we have an old cellar side that dissipates quietly. In contrast, this typical melted aged whiskys asserts itself.
    • Taste
      From clove to attack, caught by this melted side a little turned to frangipane. Discrete fruits.
    • Finish
      Spices (cloves) and persistent fruits. Empty glass on the waxed wood.

  18. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  19. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Starter of our Anniversary evening of 03/03/18. We start in the most beautiful way, thanks to QDD.
    • Nose
      Very warm. Fruity on peach, pineapple and orange. Waxy / Precious wood. This announces beautiful things.
    • Taste
      Very nice balance. There are sweet spices and fruit syrup on pineapple, vanilla and coconut. The precious face is always present.
    • Finish
      Medium length on the wood, vanilla cream and chocolate.

  20. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 2618 sold empty at ebay.

  21. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  23. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    unfortunately cool - 70s style of the year at its finest, fruity, spicy, noble, ripe yet powerful - some parallels to the Dalwhinnie 1973/2003
    • Nose
      old sugared lemon, noble fragrant oak tones and with a wave of flower nectar, a fine wax note lies above everything, fine wood dust, passion fruit, pineapple, dried physalis, orange, orange oil, roasted grain, retro peat - beautifully aged and filigree that it flows smoothly into polished Wood and jasmine notes merges.
    • Taste
      Wax meets light wood, spicy, sparkling, magical - fine exotic fruit foam of oranges, peaches, grapefruit peel, pineapple on white chocolate with coconut and vanilla, dusted with cocoa, benefits very much from slow chewing, very complex but shy and not every aroma the same to find
    • Finish
      mint-fresh cooling, tree sap, spice, warmth, wax - long and multi-layered ... wax and wood stay on the tongue for a very long time

  24. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. whiskycuse scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/cragganmore-29-yo-1973-ob/

  27. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Revisiting this one and to me it tastes even older than its 29 years, what I call substantial on the palate neat but the nose is quite closed.

    With water the nose opens up nicely and the palate gets sweeter.

    A little better than last time I had it, the thing is every time I have this my view changes but you really need to have a clean palate to get the best out of this.

    Still one of the best aged OB at auction but even though for me this is not typical of the distillery profile (like the 12 year) there are similarities.

    Enjoyed it more this time round.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  28. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  Oh, oh, old bottle flavour!  Most probably you only adore this if you drank a lot of old bottles already before.  And this excitement comes from what you expect on the palate and during the finish if you smell this OBF in the nose.

    It is a sign of high complexity, meaning a hell of different flavours and aromas mingled together - all to serve as a puzzle that is hard but very enjoyable to solve.  And so it is with this dram.  Dozens of different flowery and fruity and woody and spicy aromas both in the nose and on the palate and all nicely balanced  I do not name them all as there are enough other reviews here that do this perfectly.  I just say:  This is the kind of dram I simply adore...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  29. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Pretty cool. We have fruit paste, then almond paste ... It's really captivating. Frangipane cake, oak ... On the palate, intense and well spiced. Not really greedy but we have a sweet side welcome. Creamy enough to touch. Brilliant finish, both wise and full of life. Taste on spicy oak, dry and a bit bitter. A little water makes the nose warmer and the mouth, more honeyed and melted, highlighting its age.

    Enthusiasm 5/5

  30. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Because this aged bottle of Cragganmore never really caught on it still can be found reasonably cheaply (considering its 29 years and an official bottling).
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    Nose - Much sweeter now and less mustardy, more pineapple notes now.

    Taste -  Very creamy and smooth and sweeter than neat on pear and apple.

    Finish - Medium on sweet pineapple.

    This particular bottling by Cragganmore has always divided opinion, its good but far from stellar.

    Its one of those malts that you have to give it plenty of time to get the best from.

    I like it but I like Cragganmore anyway, this bottle is not typical of the distillery profile in my view but worth trying certainly. 
    • Nose
      Quite pungent and musty, smells like mustard (in a good way)

      Wet grass notes and faint hints of fruit in the background.
    • Taste
      Powerful and bitter at first but with very faint honey notes. After a few sips some sweetness comes through, pineapple and banana mainly plus very sweet caramel topped shortbread.
    • Finish
      Quite long with the sweetness coming through at the end.

  32. korry78 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    CRAGGANMORE 1973, 29-year-old, Special Release Issued 2003, 52.5 vol (from Michael Jackson's "Malt Whisky Companion" 5th edition, 2004)

    "A wonderfully complex Special Release in 2003 demonstrated what a great malt this is." (MJ)

    Colour: Gold, with a faint green tinge.Nose: Fragrant, grassy, herbal, with both dryness and sweetness.Body: Soft, slightly oily, dry.Palate: Dry notes like bison grass, thyme and pepper, but also sweeter flavours like liquorice and orange blossom.Finish: Long, dry flowery, cleansing.Score: 92** the highest rated Cragganmore.

  33. mika417 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    RAGGANMORE 29yo / 52.5% (1973-2003)

    Ripe grapes, plums and acetic acid, aromatic herbs and floral, woody fragrance wrapping the whole

    Grape, clean sweetness and bitter taste, stronger unique acidity, light chocolate and coffee with sour taste even after calming, dry taste

    A long dry finish with woody and good acidity to leave a stimulus Kurgan ammore of the longest 29 years aged in the official current bottle.

    Potential and aging feeling of fluff without excluding memories of distilled birth year

    It is also convincing that it is an important sake (key mol) of the famous blended whisky "Old par" in Japan.

    Another cup, keep the feelings I want to go and wrap Parafilm in a bottle and put it back in the rack ...

    Rabbit is also horny, it is Malt Life of 2011 which was able to cut a good start. http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/distilled1973/37476839.html

  34. korry78 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: floral in an intense way, wild flowers, a beautiful maltiness in evidence that releases aromas for many minutes, traces of almonds and vanilla, nothing definitive but still present, even some traces of wood. Virtually absent alcohol. Freshly cut yellow apple, yellow melon. Taste: very fresh and floral with fruity notes, we are talking for example of ripe banana but also apple and pear. There is a certain rather obvious maltiness to hide the almost 30 years that are not few. Some spice, black pepper in the second instance, for a characteristic that is called sip after sip. Finale: long and floral, wood spices, black pepper. Comment: almost thirty years old, very exuberant and very floral, a malt that is not always delicate, which gives off scents and flavors of other times. Here too, guaranteed drinkability. Thanks to Corrado for the sample! Evaluation: 89
    http://whiskysucks.com/2015/01/16/cragganmore-19732003-ob-2003-525/

  35. korry78 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: full gold Smell: Behind a very polite veil of peat, it explodes lively with an amalgam of fresh tropical fruit such as mango and maracuja, and then tack on a more canonical peach. Again, it turns red orange, more precisely orange peel but also a delicate plum aroma. Sweetness does not end here: in fact, good honey. Suggestion herbaceous, freshly cut lawn. Fresh and intoxicating like a sunny spring day! Decisively pleasant. Light vanilla tip. Finally, point out a light woody tip, absolutely not annoying. Palate Very spicy and balsamic, menthol, eucalyptus and rhubarb. However, there remains a sweet side to the nose with pleasant and exuberant traces of yellow melon, peach and orange. White pepper on a thin but present peat substrate. Machined leather, traces of bitter cocoa. In the background, a delicate astringency. Vanilla and cinnamon equally present in flashes. Complex, delicate and vital! Finale: Long and spicy, of white pepper, cinnamon, vanilla and a noble wood. Excellent Cragganmore, will not disappoint the lovers of complex and delicate whiskys, full of fruit and sweet notes. I see it ideal paired with fruit pies! I take this opportunity to thank Corrado again for the excellent sample! Rating: 91/100
    http://www.ilbevitoreraffinato.com/IBR/?p=2999

  36. korry78 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Cragganmore 29yo 1973/2003 “Special Edition” (52.5%, OB, 6000 bottles)

    Cragganmore, and an old Cragganmore it is. Last year Diageo released a 25yo Special Release from 1988. That one costs a pretty penny, and is almost sold out by now. Nevertheless these days people throw themselves at anything that looks or feels like a super-duper premium bottling. However, the short row of special editions of Cragganmore was started back in 2003, by this 29yo from 1973. Yes a distillate from the seventies, and distillates from the seventies are usually even harder to come by. Nevertheless, this 1973 Cragganmore is still not very hard to get ánd even at a lower price than the aforementioned 1988 special release. What is happening here? Is the 1988 way better or has everybody simply forgotten about the 1973?

    Color: Gold.Nose: Waxy and floral but rather closed. Quite light, delicate and vibrant. Old smoke and toast. Distant yellow fruits with a hint of tar. Nice combination. Steam age Whisky. Hints of barley and (floral) soap, but also hints of wood (old furniture) and even a tiny hint of pencil shavings. Hints of soft white pepper and some discernible sweetness. Dusty, fruity and slightly waxy, but I have to say it again, very closed.Taste: Tropical fruits, like other bottlings from the seventies. Just remember Caperdonich and Tomatin. Cannabis and dish-water. Old papers and slightly cardboardy, which in this case isn’t a bad thing. Nice combination of cream and tired oak. It definitely tastes better than it smells. Don’t get me wrong, it smells good (albeit closed), but it tastes better. The finish is announced by some oaky bitterness, which fits the fruity waxiness perfectly. And old gent of a dram. Old and brittle but lots of stories to tell. You never know with old stuff like this, but to me, this seems to be exclusively from old Bourbon casks.I am not Mr. Water. I hardly use water when tasting Malt prefer movement. Just let it move around in my glass, airing, oxidizing of you prefer, maybe warming it up in my hand a bit. That does the trick for me. However, if I encounter a closed Malt, then, and only then, water can be a nice experiment. I’m such an anorak, that I don’t even use a pipette, but I use a syringe. (Smaller droplets giving me more control). I know it’s sad, but I do have a life, so don’t worry about me. Well after some droplets and some more droplets, water didn’t open up the nose a lot. I did get more floral and toasty. It did do wonders for the taste. It got better, with more cannabis, more pencil shavings and more yellow sugared fruits. The toasty bit crept in here too. Lovely stuff, a bit brittle (apart from the body), so be carefull. So in this case, do try some water. Yes it needs some work, but it’s also quite an experience.I haven’t tried all of the other special releases of Cragganmore but I can’t imagine them to be better than this one. Sure, age doesn’t matter (or so they say) and distillates of the seventies don’t have to be better than more recent distillates. However, this 1973 does come across as a very old Whisky, meaning it does smell and taste like something that can’t be made like this anymore. To “prove” or “un-prove” my point here is a review of a more modern Cragganmore, that did manage to fetch a higher score…Points: 87http://masterquill.com/2015/04/22/cragganmore-29yo-19732003-special-edition-52-5-ob-6000-bottles/

  37. korry78 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Serge Valentin
    Colour: white wine. 
    Nose: very flowery and very fruity, which is incredible considering its age. This one is not for the sherryheads! Lots of tropical fruits: pineapple, guava, tons of light breakfast honey. Extremely fresh! Develops on melon and peach, freshly squeezed oranges… A nectar. Whiffs of white pepper from the wood. What a perfect balance! Hints of peat?
    Mouth: stunning attack on fresh fruit salad and white pepper. Bold, rich, yet clean and fresh. Lots of honey, fresh fruits (melon, pear)… Some oaky notes too (tannins, pepper, vanilla, cinnamon). This one really proves that there’s life without some heavy sherry in Speyside. Long, beautifully balanced finish on pollen, and white pepper. An old ‘straight shooter’ that, once again, shows that there isn’t only sherry and/or peat in life. I like it a lot! 90 points"

    Michael Jackson
    Nose: Fragrant. Herbal.
    Palate: Silky. Soft and embraceable but reluctant to yield its secrets. Orange blossom. Absinthe.
    Finish: Dryness and sweetness tightly combined. Thyme. Still teasing. Long.
    Comment: At this age, more complex and elegant than ever. No obvious sherry.

    Dave Broom
    Nose: Orange peel, smoke, light leather, burnt toast, plum. Has depth and at the same time is very precise.
    Palate: Medium-bodied. Smoky, cashew, floor polish, savoury notes underneath. Some deep, carbonised notes. Oaky.
    Finish: Runny honey, acacia.
    Comment: Complex, intriguing.

    My humble opinion
    Warm and fresh at the same time, complex but balanced, medium-long finish, quite peppery at beginning, a bit of smoke. I really love it! Need to wait some minutes before taste it, IMHO one of the best dram I've ever tasted!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  38. MaltMartin scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Too bitter and spicy for me to be reallly enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Maltiness. Fresh apples. Earthy notes. Cardboard as well.
    • Taste
      Oranges and tangerines to start with. Followed by sweet barley. Grapefuit bitterness and some rubber.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Quite peppery. Bitter fruits. Cloves and liquorice.

  39. Ras Mazunga scored this whisky 90 points Super Administrator

    Lots of pineapples in this whisky. Very nice and well balanced a little dry but that makes it interesting.

  40. Malt Hans scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Floral honey aroma, malt, orange peel, cloves, pepper, peat, rubber and oak. Vanilla sweet taste, ginger, pepper, eucalyptus, orange marmalade and peated malt. Medium long, malty and herbal end.

  41. Cast Olila scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  42. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  43. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A limited edition from the Cragganmore distillery, this 29 year old

    bottling is part of a release of just 6,000 bottles at cask strength."
    TMOM

  44. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "At 29 years old, this is by some distance the oldest official bottling

    of Cragganmore that has ever come to the market. A long-time favourite

    here at TWE, this is also the top-ranked Cragganmore on Serge Valentin`s

    Whiskyfun."
    TWE

  45. Feusi scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful digestif after a good meal, harmonious and classy.
    • Nose
      Very dry, fruity sweet maltiness with a lot of flowers and herbs.
    • Taste
      The long years in oak casks results in a lot of body with a nice malty and lighly smoky flavor.
    • Finish
      A rather long finish with bitter and rough notes

  46. hsmithjr scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Floral and light.  Caribbean fruits (bananas, papaya, pineapple, mango).  Sweets.
    • Taste
      Juicyfruit gum.  More Caribbean fruits.  Spicy.  Gum drops.  Soft vanilla fudge.
    • Finish
      Long and rather spicy.  Mixed pepper.  Sweetness fades.  Hints of old oak.

  47. Feusi scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Slightly pungent in the nose. Oily and dehydrating, somewhat bitter and surprisingly smoky in the mouth. A passable finish. If you pour some water in, it comes vanilla, that`s how you should drink it.

  48. Timo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    This Cragganmore continues the line of the very good 17 year old. A sensational whisky! You must have tasted that.
    • Nose
      The nose is medium. After turpentine, grassy, ​​lemon, pleasant.
    • Taste
      The taste is complex. Malty, slightly smoky, spicy, very fine.
    • Finish
      The finish is long. More smoke, malty, warm, pleasant, dry.

  49. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Excellent Cragganmore which aged very well. Indicates to what this distillery is capable.
    • Nose
      Powerful, fresh and fruity. Pineapple, old dried apricots and honey. The oak is very well integrated. Hints of peat and roses. An excellent complex nose.
    • Taste
      Bold, rich and well balanced. Wonderful mouthfeel. Oaky and honeyed with vanilla and white pepper. Very tasty.
    • Finish
      Long and satisfying. Peppery and dry aftertaste. Very good finish.

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