Cragganmore Limited Release

Overall rating
87.46/100
votes
61
Whiskybase ID
WB87191
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2016
Bottled
21.03.2016
Casktype
Refilled, Rejuvenated and Ex-Bodega Casks
Number of bottles
4932
Strength
55.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L6081DQ000
Barcode
5000281046082
Added on
26 sep 2016 1:54 pm by JollyRoger
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 512.64

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61 × member ratings

108 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Cragganmore Limited Release

16 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.46 points.

  1. hlz30 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    With this dram I would really like to name Cragganmore one of my favourite distillery, and would look for more of its releases.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A bit prickling on the first sniff. A whole good orange (zest and pulp), then the honey-mineral-beeswax-green banana Cragganmore DNA shines through. Freshly mown grass, salted almond, jackfruit. After a sip I found the wood varnish, almond extract (an intensifier note of almonds). With water added, the vanilla, rue and coconut as well as the beeswax and paraffin were unchained. Not to be missed is the very shy peat smoke that came out with water at last, free from iodine and kippery.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Superb texture and a substantial impact of flavour! Impressively greasy and oily. Started with a punch of honey sweetness, followed by dramtically increasing acidity. All were backed by lovely mild bitterness. Loads of honey, green banana, jackfruit, guava, salted lemon and the body was supported by the dark chocolate bitternesss. Let's not forget the beeswax, which became more vivid with water added.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long, with menthol cooling the palate, and salted caramel. Jackfruit and mango dipped in whipping cream. A mild hint of earthy smoke surfaced at last.

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  3. the_muskox scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Lovely, lovely stuff. Beautiful balance, richness, and an always-welcome burst of tropical fruit. A joy to sip on. It has a similar tropical-nutty-dirty-malt profile to a Hazelburn 11 (wb:209156) I tried the other week. That one didn’t have the old-whisky notes, the creaminess, or the same mineral bite that are in this Cragganmore of course, but it had a different kind of pungency and complexity. I’m not really sure which one I prefer to be honest. They’re both fantastic.
    • Nose
      weet and fragrant. A blast of Pina Colada right up front, as well as some green apple. There’s something pungent and spicy that isn’t quite ginger – first I thought wasabi, then Kashmiri chili powder, then ... habanero! The tropical fruit is joined by creamy notes of sweetened condensed milk, Hershey’s cookies & cream bar, buttery croissants, and clover honey. Salted cashews, nutmeg, and cinnamon bark. There are hints of age, old books and something a little dunnage-y.
    • Taste
      Medium texture, rather plush. Arrives super buttery, and filled with bursting tropical fruit (pineapple, passionfruit, guava, mangosteen, kiwi). A bit of a mineral note - slightly shaley. Gristy malt and toasted coconut in the middle, developing to soft oak, old books, rock dust, and a hint of smoke. Nutty notes of sesame bars, cardamom, and toasted cream.
    • Finish
      Medium-length and buttery-rich – more toasted coconut, shea butter, cocoa butter. Peach skins, ripe banana, lemon oil, cardamom, and melon. Oatmeal with brown sugar and milk. Lingering minerals and cayenne. Hot beach sand. Gets more floral.

  4. penumbra scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The body of the wine is good, and there is no problem in choosing barrels for blending, but it is boring. It is a comfortable choice for middle-aged and elderly people.
    • Nose
      Sweet and elegant, like refilling bourbon or rum, the whole belongs to the direction of flowers and fruits, gummy bears, oranges, and honeydew melons. . . Lightly salted roasted asparagus.
    • Taste
      Salty and salty, the salt and the plump fat feel are very well balanced, still very similar to bourbon barrels, honey, slightly bitter wood, a lot of slag and smoke, and various fruits are more layered.
    • Finish
      For a long time, salt, large oil, salt and pepper, furnace ashes.

  5. MarcinCh scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Light golden color. Oily.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Full and enjoyable. Ripe yellow fruit. Peaches. Spices. White pepper, cinnamon. Baked yellow fruit. Spices.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full and enjoyable. Pretty greasy. Lots of yellow, ripe fruit. Peaches. Spices. Cinnamon. White pepper. Traces of smoke underneath. Wax.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Wax. Peaches. Dried yellow fruit. White pepper. A pinch of cinnamon. Traces of caramel in the background. Long finish.

  6. bakker10 scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Amazing!

  7. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Excellent, perhaps my favorite NAS so far (if we disregard price). Superior to the Cragganmore SR 2014 (WID 58149), even though that one bears an age statement.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A chameleon that keeps changing its appearance. Shifts back and forth between malty / floral, fruity / acidic, earthy / spicy, and waxy / oily with near-perfect integration of the older and (presumably) younger components. Becomes creamier and waxier with water (recommended). Performs like a 25-year-old, at the very least. Nice herbal hints, essential oils and embrocations... Just lots and lots of different, often very subtle, aspects and aromas. I also love that the different cask types really blend into one another seamlessly.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Undiluted it's very powerful & condensed, with a good deal of sweetness (honey / syrup), gingery heat, and – as is often the case with Cragganmore – a tiny, but noticeable amount of peat smoke. Strictly speaking, it's really more of a Highland than a Speyside style, if you ask me. Plenty of room to experiment with water, which coaxes out floral and earthy aspects in equal measures. Very weighty, rich and complex. The only downside is the bite, which takes quite some water to diminish.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Perhaps the younger whiskies in the mix come through here a bit more, since the finish is more peppery and tart and less pronouncedly waxy and fruity than I would've hoped. Still very nice, though.

  9. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Earthy, herbs, sweet, marzipan, spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg), tobacco
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, creamy, caramel, syrupy, mineral, sweet, liquorice, pineapple, honey
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, peppery, oaky, spicy, oranges

  10. RL_whisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    For me this one needs a lot of time to give the complete experience. The nose is excellent from the start onwards. Can also use a bit of water, which also benefits the finish a lot I found (shortens it though).
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

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

  12. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Very drinkable, really not bad - just missing a little bit of any special character - I guess I would not buy a full bottle for that price
    • Nose
      Malty, citrusy, marzipan, hints of oak wood, also some green fruits - not really special
    • Taste
      Punchy, very oily, creamy, malty and citrusy mostly lemony again, some honey notes - same on the palate as on the nose
    • Finish
      Long and warm, more fruity  but also more oaky

  13. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By Serge 

    Cragganmore (55.7%, OB, Special Release, 4,932 bottles, 2016) 90 Punkte

  14. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/cragganmore-nas-limited-release-2016-4932-bottles-557-vol-ob/

  15. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Yummy, pretty yummy, that would be a NAS for the standard range around the 60 € or something limited in the Ardbeg / Glenmorangie price range (85 €), I would say, good litter, Cragganmore! But so ... that he "after 500 € tastes" I would not expect, but for the special release must come something that stings me from the stool, as must for NAS stop the absolute gods barrels ran. And he does not have that.
    • Nose
      warm, sweet, slightly spicy, not biting, but closed, difficult to "decipher", therefore some water: marzipan, cinnamon, oranges, canned apricots, old dry herbs, a touch of furniture polish and tobacco
    • Taste
      Cocoa! (very dominant), caramel syrup, with aromatic-woody, soft pepper ... and I also imagine a slight saltiness (?) ... chewing ... suck ... what mineral, earthy
    • Finish
      long, of course, cocoa, burnt sponge cake, some herbal liqueur, then pleasantly warm-peppery

  17. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Distillers tasting notes


    Barrel: Made up of three types of barrels selected for their taste only: refilled and remanufactured American Oak Hogsheads and European Oak Ex-Bodega Barrels (Butts)

    Color: Warm golden yellow

    Aroma: Warming and Inviting: Soft and fresh with delicate hints of beeswax, orange zest or tangerine tinned and fruit salad on a base of thick, soft malted bread. Over time, a beautifully balanced spicy acid unfolds, followed by ripe red apples. Later clean and dry, with a slightly dry herbaceous and Marzipan sweetness. Softer and more accessible with water and a hint of menthol; flowery and intoxicating, with hints of banana gum or fresh fruit salad with creme anglais. Then honey and butter on malt bread. Slightly nutty.

    Taste: Initially sweet with a soft texture; sweet and intense; with fragrant fondant in the middle of the palate. Soon after, becoming drier; Cedar-like and aromatic, yet supple. Gradually, wonderful notes of cocoa and liquorice develop, followed by heartier nuances of porcini mushrooms and a little salt. Soft, but spicier and fuller in reduced strength, cooling with a hint of cherry, then real liveliness; in the fading mint sweets and toasted cereals.

    Finish: Long, warming and cleansing. Then slightly charred, like burnt fruits on a panettone; round and dry, with late notes of flint and enveloping tannins: lighter smoke and spices with water; long and enveloping, with fresh fruit compote. Later mint and finally herbaceous; still fiery and cleansing.

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