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May 24, 2019


Sweet little duos
Today two old Cragganmore

Two older, probably almost unobtainable bottlings, just for fun. It’s not that there would be many new ones anyway…

Cragganmore 12 yo (45.7%, OB, for D.&J. MacCallum Edinburgh, +/-1980)

Cragganmore 12 yo (45.7%, OB, for D.&J. MacCallum Edinburgh, +/-1980) Four stars and a half
Not a bottle we’re seeing very often, but it does appear at auctions from time to time. Not even sure it’s a proper OB, but there. Colour: gold. Nose: well, this has nothing to do with the current makes, it is much greasier, slightly metallic, much more ‘old Highlands’, and rather less sherried. Wonderful notes of crushed chalk, a lot of hay, and a slightly bouillony development, although there would also be more oranges and tangerines. Truly wonderful, pretty much in line with the very first Classic Malts. A wee spoon of strawberry jam as well. Wonderful indeed. Mouth: a wee tad more unlikely at first, with strawberries again and touches of cardboard, but all is going well after just one minute, with some grist, ale, chalk, a touch of candlewax, those oranges, and hints of peat smoke that would come with a little brine as well. In short, a Cragganmore that’s a little coastal, I would say. Body and mouth feel are perfect. Finish: rather long, oily, with some bitter oranges and a green spiciness. Some kind of curry. A little iron, salt and some strawberries again in the aftertaste. Comments: mega-good, as they say. There’s rather more character than in modern offerings, definitely one of the bolder Speysiders.
SGP:452 - 89 points.

Let’s find an indie of similar age…

Cragganmore-Glenlivet 10 yo 1989/2000 (60.4%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon butt, 348 bottles)

Cragganmore-Glenlivet 10 yo 1989/2000 (60.4%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon butt, 348 bottles) Four stars
Indeed, it was saying ‘bourbon butt’. Perhaps a butt that’s never been used for sherry? Or did some mad coopers re-cooper some barrels into butts? Or did somebody over there in Campbeltown do too much quality control? I would say the outturn would rather suggest a hogshead, but there, only what’s on the label is ‘official’, so a bourbon butt it is. Colour: gold. Nose: rather aggressive and even a tad acidic and acetic at first nosing, with a blend of lime juice and nail polish remover (just a drop of the latter). Then the same notes of crushed chalk, unripe kiwis, grass, and then quite a lot of plastic. Cadenhead were having rather a lot of brutal young malts at that time, this is a perfect example. Remember the lethal St. Magdalenes? With water: turnips and bread, sorrel, mashed vegetables, Jerusalem artichokes, porridge… You see. Mouth (neat): very pungent, on lemon squash and grass juice, plus some kind of varnish again. Some kind of family-made aguardiente. With water: more lemony charms, and more clay and chalk. A tad rounder, a notch more civilized. Barley syrup. Finish: long, sharp, curiously vertical for a Speysider. Comments: nothing to do with any official Craggamnores, but it’s good to be able to try a very raw one. Actually better than it sounded, I would say.
SGP:361 - 85 points.

Happy we did this wee session.

(Muchas gracias, Hideo and Tom)

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