The Schtick: This is a 12 year age stated release from Cragganmore, one of Diageo’s Classic Malts. Cragganmore lies in the Speyside region, as useless of a classification as that may be, and features some proportion of sherried malt.
Bottler: Cragganmore (Diageo)
ABV: 40% ABV
Age: 12 Years
Nose: Sweet, fresh baked bread. Toffee, caramel apple. Light amaretto and toasted almond. Faint pear.
Taste: Medium mouth feel, no real heat. Sweet toffee and caramel, light vanilla bean. Light toasted almonds. Faint oak presence, some sweet, bready notes. Light icing.
Finish: Short, but no heat here, either. Caramel apple, almonds, vanilla, toffee.
Overall: Not super complex, but entirely enjoyable. I am sort of kicking myself for taking so long to try this, and I thoroughly enjoyed working through this bottle. It won’t blow your mind, but not every dram needs to.
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