Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cragganmore Distiller's Edition

Cragganmore Distiller's Edition
Bottled by: Distillery
ABV: 40%
Other: port wood cask CgggD-6557, distilled 1992, bottled 2005
Region: Highlands (Speyside)
Price: $50
Availability: available at specialty stores

I first tried the distiller's editions of all of the 6 malts in the classic malts line as part of a mini bottle set that Jennifer and Don brought back from their first trip to Scotland. All of the malts are finished for a period in a special cask which ideally complements the base malt. The Cragganmore is finished in port wood casks.

Tasting Notes
light gold
appetizing, barley graininess, malt, subtle oak
Delicate malt, an underlying sweetness that never really comes forth. Restrained.
Dry, a bit short

Overall impression and notes: This malt was tasted as part of the "Port Wood Showdown" and was restrained and light in flavor relative to its counterparts. A pleasant enough dram which is likely more enjoyable on its own, rather than next to more flavorful bottlings. The strength is fairly unusually low - most specialty bottlings are 43-46%.

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