Scotch - Single Malt

Cragganmore 12yr Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    606 / 798
    Rabble Rating
    2.5 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $60
    Proof
    80.0

Rating Description

91st Percentile
This score falls in the 91st percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Proof66 Notes

Cragganmore 12yr is the flagship and youngest expression from the line. It is said to be one of the principal malt whiskies used in the Johnnie Walker Black blend of whisky (from the interesting review at Scotchnoob.

The Cragganmore Distillery was originally founded by "Big John Smith" near the river Spey in 1869. At age 36, he had experience with both Macallan and Glenlivet before starting Cragganmore. It is named for the hill behind the distillery where the source of the whiskey's springwater. In recent history, through a series of purchases, it eventually became sold for the last time to Distillery Company Limited in 1968 and then part of Diageo through a series of mergers. Their malt is "lightly smoked." (This from the excellent write-up at The Whisky Guide.

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This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
Slàinte Mhath Slàinte Mhath (21) (2016-05-02)
Coming from the Speyside of Scotland, this Single Malt can be characterized as mild, fruity and inoffensive. Cragganmore 12 is underestimated because it's not a very demanding and expressive whisky. Nevertheless, it has a decent complexity and is well-balanced. The nose is soft, grainy and dominated by fruits with heather honey and toffee. It tastes crisp and fruity in the arrival, turning slightly dry and bitter in the development. Although the finish is rather short and not very substantial, this whisky has something to offer - if given the chance. RATING: 3.3/5.0
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Alchemist Alchemist (50) (2012-02-23)
Diageo's "classic malt" representative for Speyside. The nose is woody, spicy sweet and has a sourness in the background which is quite unusual. The body is at best an acquired taste... It arrives distinctly bitter developing light spices, more bitterness and medium pepper. It's noticeably watery as well. The finish is medium length and is initially mildly bitter and spicy but decays to an unpleasant sourness. The aftertaste lets this down further as it becomes increasingly sour and this sour taste lingers on the palate for ages - and not at all moreish. This is supposed to be a classic?
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Review Comments
Slàinte Mhath (2016-05-01):
I have tried Cragganmore 12 a couple of times, and it's certainly fruity, slightly dry and bitter. But sour? I had a similiar experience with Aberlour 12, where on first occusion, I was puzzled by it's sourness. This was supposed to be a cracking good whisky! What happened? When I tried the whisky again - after a couple of weeks - the experience was totally different. Not sure, if there was a problem with the first bottle. Bottom line: Never judge a whisky on first occasion. Give it time. Cragganmore 12 is probably not a world-class whisky, but in my opinion it's far better than just a 2.0 rating.

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