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Cragganmore 12 year old has a character that appeals to me: delicate yet assertive, sweet and complex. Very fragrant on the nose, with lots of sweet fruit (apples, melons), a bit of wood resin, maybe pine sap, and a distinctly malty character. A pleasure to smell.
On the palate, this whisky is what I would call "malty." If someone wants to know what malt whisky tastes like, a glass of this would spell it out for them. Not as sweet as the nose, with a surge of bitterness reminiscent of grape stems. Medium-bodied and silky, it glides over the tongue, drying as it goes, leaving a dry, oaky finish.
Overall, this whisky stands apart from other mainstream Speysiders. It balances bittersweet flavours with a sweet, enticing aroma. I would buy it again.