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05 Dec 2011

Cragganmore 1999 (Malts of Scotland)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Cragganmore

A young and affordable Cragganmore 1999 from the recent releases by Malts of Scotland.


Cragganmore 1999 Malts of ScotlandCragganmore 11 yo 1999
(55,1%, Malts of Scotland 2011, bourbon hogshead, MoS 11012, 298 btl.)

Nose: a lot of oak and spices. Big peppery notes and hints of allspice. Grass. A very bourbonny profile. Sweet fruity notes that are hard to pin down: apple maybe or just nondescript fruit candy. Some vanilla and coconut. Mouth: sweet. Again very very spicy (ginger, pepper). Liquorice. It just ooses (fresh) wood. Pencils, oak shavings…  Sweet orange candy. Finish: long, warm and peppery with hints of green apple and oak.

This Cragganmore shares quite some elements with bourbon whiskey and it even shows more oak spices than some new oak matured whiskies. Good spirit from an extremely active cask. Around € 50.

Score: 82/100

Cragganmore 1999 (Malts of Scotland) 3 Ruben Luyten 2011-12-05
  • Sjoerd de Haan

    This sounds like a dram I would enjoy! One for the wish list! Maybe for Christmas 😉

    Nice review!

  • MARS

    Tasted this one blind for the WDTS. Didn’t notice much spice but plenty of tropical fruit.
    Thant said, he doesn’t like water and aeration. But other tasters found the exact opposite. A love it or hate it whisky for sure.
    One more whisky that I love, just buy 3 bottles.



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