Cragabus Islay Blended Malt Whisky vF

Overall rating
Blended Malt
vom Fass (vF)
43.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
08 Jun 2015 7:40 am by Shane_IL

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€ 49,48

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Whisky Reviews for Cragabus Islay Blended Malt Whisky vF

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.62 points

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    But a really delicious blend of malt. Young, straightforward, has whims (despite 43%). Sometimes it does not have to be more. And I think that such rather simple smoker fits well in the summer.
    • Nose
      Oh blatant. Sure, there's the peat, but it's really grassy and green. Like fresh green waste. After a very short time, the peat appears more clearly, with this green note still resonating. Over time, however, the whiskey becomes sweeter and spicier. A few cloves and a fat sweetness spreads out behind the smoke.
    • Taste
      Very strong, peppery, smoky, some vanilla and fruit sweetness and of course a lot of peat, burnt wood, rather campfire.
    • Finish
      peaty, smoky with a delicious sweetness in the background, with time a few more spices. But very straightforward. That's a good thing.

  2. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Not spectacular, or extraordinary, but quite delicious.
    • Nose
      Smoke in the nose (Islay sends greetings, but not as intense as a Laphroaig), slightly musty, some tang, slightly peppery. Background bright citrus notes.
    • Taste
      The mouth is not so occupied by the smoke, as I know it from other smokers .. anyway, he is definitely there in the taste. The pepper also occurs here, but is sweeter.
    • Finish
      Towards a tart-sweet finish, accompanied by the smoke, which lasts medium to long. I would say a rather (subtly) fruity sweetness, without me opening a clear association. Maybe something like Mirabelle, Physalis ..

  3. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    vom Fass:

    "Young Laphroaig gives the typical peat punch of the island, whereas mature malts from Caol Ila, Bowmore, and Ardbeg distilleries provide smoothness and body. The cherry on top is a little dash of the extremely rare Port Ellen distillery adding a great deal of complexity. Islay Whisky at its best!"

  4. Fruchti3k scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. joerg.scheid scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. joerg.scheid scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    No bad blend.
    • Nose
      Smoke (strong), kelp, peat, grass. Something heavy in the smell, but not bad.
    • Taste
      Strong, salty, with pepper, grass and later dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Slight pungency, dark chocolate, warm peppery medium-long finish

  7. ASWhisky scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Islay smoke, then citrus sweetness, in the background floral notes, apricots, nutmeg, mirabelle, and always the maritime smoke
    • Taste
      strong slightly alcoholic onset, then more of a watery feeling, it appears diluted, yellow fruit and smoke, smoky sweet, vanilla,
    • Finish
      Medium, the mouth just disappears slowly

  8. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I'm not a big Islay fanboy, but I find it good drinkable. Pleasant mix for a dram with friends.
    • Nose
      Cold ashes, but not too violent. Right behind it earthy floral and sweet. Some honey, a lot of vanilla. Maritim, certainly lots of Laphroaig, but also Bowmore can be found again. Very pleasant nose. The network talks about Laphroaig, Bowmore, Caol Ila, as well as some Ardbeg and Port Ellen. Of the latter then but probably more homeopathic doses ... It is also said that the shares are 8-12 years old. I dare to doubt that.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly smoky-sweet (here dominates first CI), then ashy-smoky with salty licorice, followed by again sweet, floral-vanilla notes. Slightly creamy, a little honey and a hint of oak.
    • Finish
      Rather short and shallow, some ashes, some vanilla, honey and seaweed.

  9. Gaija scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Gaija scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    What's funny is that the earthy/malty/farmy characteristics of the Laph and Ardbeg (mostly) combined with the perfumed Bowmore might have led me to say "peated Clynelish" blind. A compliment in my book ! Give it a more dynamic palate and a real finish, and we're above 90. 
    • Nose
      Totally vegetal with a massive list of vegetables and legumin : earthy potatoes, brocoli, agave, peas, chartreuse ... so unusual, and yet I love it. Totally spirit driven and ultra-easy to decipher thanks to the absence of wood. Various herbs, Ardbeg's tar, Caol's flour and Bowmore's lavender. It's got it all. Plaster, caraway, ... just archetypal of young, spirit-driven Islay malt. No sugar nor fruitiness to be found.
    • Taste
      Soft entry, soon to wake up on those same earthy vegetables. Bowmore seems louder here, with many meadow grasses and littles flowers, but really not too perfumy. Good extension of the nose with just a little fruitiness now, like unripe pear and green banana. Still globaly salty thoug.
    • Finish
      There's the rub. Very clean, very okay, but extremely short. Salty, with something vaguely metallic. Licking a drop of blood when you cut your finger.


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