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30 Aug 2012

Cragganmore 1989 (The First Editions)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Cragganmore

If I’m well informed, this was the first bottling ever in the First Editions series, a Cragganmore distilled in 1989.


Cragganmore 1989 The First EditionsCragganmore 21 yo 1989 (55,4%, The First Editions 2011, refill bourbon hogshead, ref. ES 001/01)

Nose: a very fresh mix of floral notes, green fruits and mint. Lemons, citrus tea, freshly cut grass. Some mineral notes and flints. There’s some fresh oak and green herbs too. All fresh, clean, with a minerality that makes it almost austere. Mouth: quite punchy, full of malt, citrus zest and herbs. Oranges. Some “green” woody notes. Heather honey, but more heather than honey. Spicy undertones (nutmeg, pepper). Finish: medium long, drier, with zesty notes, herbs and mint.

A clean, zesty and mineral Speysider – good Cragganmore. Very naked, which makes it feel a little younger than it actually is. Around € 100.

Score: 85/100

Cragganmore 1989 (The First Editions) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-08-30



January 2015
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  • joeri: You're welcome. Unfortunately I bought this at an auction instead of selling it at an auction :-) 150€ was a bargain for a 1980 Macallan but way too
  • tracker_jacker: My first impression is that it's too harsh. I'm a huge Alberta Premium fan that was recently disappointed with Wiser's Deluxe 18 year whiskey (could h
  • Chris: Based on price and transparency alone I'd pick this over the shoddy HP Dark Origins any day. Benromach continues to win me over. While I may not drink

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