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Cragganmore SMWS 37.113 Biscuit Bisque

Sweaty Waxy Meaty

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@RianCReview by @RianC

3rd Feb 2021

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Another sample from @wierdo, cheers mate!

Ive only ever had the standard OB of Cragganmore and that was years ago at the K Club in Ireland (golf) so who knows how long it had sat on the shelf. Still, I enjoyed it and often think of getting a bottle but the presentation to cost ratio is rather prohibitive. I was a bit gutted to miss out on getting a bottle of that peated version a couple years back. IBs seem quite rare so this is a great chance to try more of their output.

This is 15 years in the cask and with a splash of water added.

Nose - A kind of sweaty, waxy and meaty nose with some damp earth and a touch of smoke. Maybe some digestive biscuits in there but I'm not sure how much the name is tricking my brain. So lots of bass notes but there's a high note with water I can't quite pin down, something bizarrely chemical in nature - perfumed, one might say.

Palate - Much sweeter than expected on arrival, tart green fruits and citrus to be precise. Becomes more spicy, pepper and lots of oak tannins, as it develops.

Finish - Quite long with more tannins, musty wax, a hint of smoke and sharp gooseberry.

I feel this may be my favourite SMWS bottle so far. It's not perfect, and has some awkward corners - especially the overly bitter tannins, but it's quite unusual and I like the bass tone heavy nature. I also like the contrast from nose to palate.

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