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Strong malty taste with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood

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Strong malty taste with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood

  • Aug 27, 2010

Cragganmore™ is one of my favorite single malt scotches!!!  I came to this much sought-after single malt through allot of years of drinking blended scotch whiskeys like Johnnie Walker Black.  However, one has to work their way up to this smoky taste.   Most important, a single malt aficionado drinks single malt scotch whiskey with only 3 to 4 drops of water per shot.  No ice or mixers!

Among single malt scotch aficionados, Cragganmore™ is known for its strong malty taste with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood. typical of Speyside.  It became one of my favorites because I usually smoke cigars when I am drinking scotch.  I have found that very few single malts can be tasted through cigar smoke on the palate; certainly none of the “Highland” or “Speyside” scotches can stand up to a cigar!  Thus, Cragganmore™ is a sipping scotch for me in the summer.
Cragganmore™ is most often described as “The colour is gold with amber glint. The superb and fresh nose is rich, peaty, spicy and detects marine hints.  The palate confirms the nose, with some salted hints.  The finish is deceiving, and becomes rapidly dryish with smoke notes.” 

How does Cragganmore™ come by its unique flavor?  According to their web site: “Original Cragganmore™ owner, 'Big' John Smith choose the distillery's private location high on the Spey for a few great reasons. Barley is naturally a major crop in the area, the presence of Scotland's fastest flowing river - together with peat from the uplands to the south is what lured Smith to this ideal location along with access to Strathspey railway line. The perfect place for the perfect distillery.  Successive managers of Cragganmore™ have strived to continue his vision to deliver the sweetest, most complex malt whiskies: fruity, honeyed notes are often found. And many a taster of has talked lyrically of fruitcake and toffee flavours.”

“Cragganmore™ is, for many, the home of the definitive Speyside malt. It is known as 'the most complex aroma of any malt - astonishingly fresh and delicate'.”

 “A complex of sweet floral fragrances, riverside herbs and flowers with some honey and vanilla. The most complex nose of any malt whisk.

I suggest that if you are serious about trying single malt scotches, you do it by tasting “THE SIX CLASSIC MALTS OF SCOTLAND” of United Distillers. They are particularly selected to best represent each of the malt whiskey producing regions of Scotland.  They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.

Strong malty taste with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood Strong malty taste with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood Strong malty taste with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood

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Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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