Cragganmore Distillery Scotland Speyside Region

Cragganmore 12yo

Review of Cragganmore 12yo, a true Speysider whisky.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 40%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: Yes
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Diageo
Average price: € 44.00
Official website: www.malts.com/en-row/distilleries/cragganmore
Vote: 88/100

I admit it, I have a weakness for this whisky.
Discovered thanks to the thought of someone who had the loving idea of bringing a bottle to an evening with friends, it was love at first sight: the elegance overwhelmed me, seduced me, and never left me (at least until the bottle was finished).
Part of Diageo’s immense catalogue, as with Clynelish, this is a distillery used mainly for their own blends, hence the scarcity of official bottlings. There are also few independent bottlings.

I love this distillate right from the label, which is very elegant, and the choice of keeping a golden colour fits in well.
On the nose there is a lot of sweetness, in the good sense, not cloying: honey, chestnuts, hazelnut, fruit, hay, caramel… a symphony of aromas that seems endless, harmonious and persuasive, enveloping and warm.
On the palate, custard, more honey and hay, lots of fruit. At times, it almost feels like drinking a tart, one of those freshly made by grandma who always says you don’t eat enough. A general sense of enveloping warmth, of soft elegance. Alternating between nose and palate is a real pleasure, to close your eyes and let yourself be carried away.
The finish accompanies you for a long time, still pampering you with its sweet fruit, some spices and a very light note of smoke.

There is only one word I would use to describe this whisky: elegant.
A gentlemanly elegance, not pandering, discreet, that doesn’t give you those overwhelming and all-encompassing experiences, but puts you at peace with your senses, one of the rare times when the tamed alcohol content of 40 doesn’t make your nose twitch.
It’s one of those bottles that I find it almost impossible to think of anyone in the world not liking it.

Other bottlings in the blog:
Cragganmore 12yo Special Release 2019
Cragganmore The Distillers Edition 2016

Other perspectives:
The Scotch Noob

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