This Cragganmore has spent 14 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead and then been reracked into a 1st fill madeira hogshead for a period of finishing. Sweet, Fruity & Mellow profile.
Nose: We’re straight into a super-tasty Eton mess packed full of chopped raspberries, berry coulis, crumbly meringue and whipped cream. In the background, garden herbs (mint and chervil) and light florals including elderflower. The addition of water brings out some bakery notes of brioche, toasted buns and pancakes.
Taste: Rather unctuous with cherry cola, chocolate sponge cake and toffee sauce – richer an bolder than the soft and fruity nose. The mid-palate continues with the creamy theme – petit fours, crème caramel, and a steeped fruit tea on the side. Reduction has an interesting effect, as well as adding in orange peels and liqueurs, it also brings with it a hint of well-riddled biscuity champagne – nicely yeasty, bit with a lovely touch of fizz.
Finish: Medium with a soft and delicate nutmeg spicing.
A surprisingly opulent teenage Cragganmore which has benefitted well from its madeira finish. Super tasty and packed full of creamy fruity goodness. Recommended.