ACLA de Fans is a taxfree shopping centre in Switzerland, close to the Austrian and Italian borders, with a focus on whisky and interesting prices. They are regularly presenting exclusive bottlings in partnership with The Whisky Agency.
Their latest release is this Cragganmore 2004.
Cragganmore 12 yo 2004 (54,6%, The Whisky Agency & Acla da Fans 2016, bourbon hogshead, 180 btl.)
Nose: where are my sunglasses? Typical young, fruity Speyside whisky, with lots of pears and apple juice, gooseberries and a nice fatty side. Hints of vanilla custard. Subtle minty notes and sunflower oil.
Mouth: oily mouthfeel, all on sweet barley, lemonade and apple juice. Ripe greengages. Mid-palate it becomes heavier, with an earthy / grassy undertone, beer-like notes and hints of liquorice. A bit of peppery oak.
Finish: quite long, all on barley, sweet grasses and white pepper.
A fine, honest and very natural Cragganmore. Like most expressions from this distillery, a good distillate but not something that stands out much. Around € 90 (in countries where you pay taxes).