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The Cragganmore 12 Years Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky

cragganmore 12 year single malt scotch 225x300 The Cragganmore 12 Years Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky“Classic Malt” Disappoints: Smooth but No Flavor, Finnish or Complexity

By Matt Goldstein & Eric Duncan

Cragganmore 12 Years Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is considered one of the “Classic Malts” of Scotland.  Cragganmore is named for the hill behind the distillery that supplies the water for the making of the Scotch.  Cragganmore was Established in 1869 by John Smith who was manager at Macallan & Glenlivet, and lease holder at Glenfarcas.  Very experienced in the world of single malt scotch, John Smith decided to start his own distillery, Cragganmore.  The six “Classic Malts” of Scotland are as follows:  Dalwhinnie from the Highlands, Talisker from the Isle of Skye, Cragganmore from Speyside, Oban from West Highland, Lagavulin from Islay, and Glenkinchie from the Lowlands. 

Cragganmore 12 Year Tasting Notes:

The scent is complex, sweat and peaty.  The drink is smooth, and thin with a light peat.  The Cragganmore is very drinkable but lacks flavor, complexity and finish.  There’s no oak or wood flavor and there is just something missing here.  Smooth isn’t always good.  However, we did crush the bottle in about 2 hours so it can’t be that bad.   




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