Fully mature, yet retaining all of Cragganmore's complex character; worthy of long contemplation. An interesting complex of fragrant and fruity notes and a pleasant fresh taste that benefits from the addition of water, becoming more balanced, cooler and oilier; sweeter, rounder and softer.
Cragganmore, founded by legendary John Smith in 1869, is for many the definitive Speyside malt. For malt whisky writer Michael Jackson, it has "the most complex aroma of any malt... astonishingly fresh and delicate". On tasting it, it's not hard to see what those blenders saw. Mature and well balanced, with an astonishingly fragrant aroma, the slight fruitiness on the palate is overlaid with sweet, smoky notes with hints of sandalwood. A long finish packed with hints of smoky sweetness brings this delightful, refined experience- so accessible, yet so rewarding, gently to a close. Complexity married to such refinement is not easily found. This is truly a Classic Malt- still the leading Speyside that John Smith set out to create.