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Cragganmore 2005 Distillers Edition (bottled 2018)

Luscious

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

26th Aug 2019

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  • Nose
    25
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    93

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Nose: smells exactly as I hoped it would. Clean malt and a luscious bouquet of fruit. All kinds of fruit, too: citrus, grape, cherries, red berries. Yet for all that fruit it doesn't smell like port; the casks are in perfect harmony with the malt and the fruitiness comes across as natural to this whisky rather than added on.

Like the standard Cragganmore, there is a freshness to the aroma which sort of reminds me of laundered linens. And then in the background there is just a light hint of smoke which some might not even notice but for me is integral to the Cragganmore experience. This just might be the perfect nose for me.

Taste: a smooth start with sweet maltiness and a quick hit of grapey flavor before drying smoke and wood kick in. Though the taste doesn't quite delight the senses as much as the smell, it comes across as a clean, well-made whisky with a good balance of sweet and dry flavours. Also not nearly as fruity as the nose would suggest.

Finish: quite dry with some grape notes covered by that touch of smoke. Just a slight bitterness as it fades.

Balance: slightly front-loaded with the aroma taking centre stage, but still a wonderful malt overall. If you don't care much for Cragganmore this one probably won't win you over, as it stays very much in the same ballpark at the standard 12 year old but with extra depth from the casks. Would love to try this at cask strength

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3 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Thanks for the review.

"Would love to try this at cask strength" I think says it all.

This was bottled last year? Diageo has a lot of Chutzpah releasing a special bottling at 40%. Given a lot of their other expressions are sold at 43% (including the Lagavulin and Dalwhinnie DEs) or higher (Talisker and Lag 98), this is is really unfortunate.

Despite the high score you gave it, I would not buy it (especially untasted).

9 months ago 0

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

@Nozinan

The Distillers Edition bottles stick to the same ABV as the regular bottlings, so 40% makes sense in this case.

I love high-proof whisky as much as the next guy, but it is not a prerequisite for my enjoyment any more than a specific age statement would be.

7 months ago 3Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Interesting review. I’ve had the standard Cragganmore a few times and really enjoyed it. I find it quite sweet and biscuity. I’m intrigued by this DE for sure, and 40% abv is not necessarily a dealbreaker for me either.

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