Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon refill and freshly charred
Added coloring: No
Average price: € 139.00
Official website: www.malts.com
Last year’s Special Release from Cragganmore I think I can safely say was my favourite, thanks also to the unprecedented peatiness for this distillery that gave me a truly intoxicating drinking pleasure.
Once again this year we have a very special version, with an unprecedented ageing for Cragganmore and of some importance.
This time it’s not a peated whisky, but the use of re-roasted casks is likely to give some smoky notes anyway: we’ll see!
Here you can find the list of all 2020 releases.
Light amber in the glass.
The nose is velvety and waxy, with a sweet profile of ripe peach, mango, hazelnuts, panna cotta, sugared almonds, honey and chocolate-covered candied orange. Warm and sinuous, the aromas stretch out on the spicy tones of sandalwood and become gradually more accentuated, in a decadent and enveloping crescendo that almost stuns with its strength. Powerful.
A peppery note of just the right measure announces a palate that is less overwhelming and more balanced, with just a hint of toastiness that blows through the citrus and fruit aromas, and a salty hint that slips over the lips. Compact and solid, with a structure that branches out into nuts, marzipan, trifle, liquorice impressions and pipe tobacco.
The finish is long and dry with citrus, salt, hazelnuts, peach and wood.
An overflowing, gargantuan bouquet, matched by a more classic and composed palate, in some ways a lesser tone while remaining anything but banal, on the contrary: the quality is high, well balanced by age and with a solid fullness. Perhaps I got too used to it and would have preferred it to be more daring, but it is still flying high.