Cragganmore 2022 Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 70cl
Founded in 1869, Cragganmore was built at a time when no new distilleries had risen on Speyside, for twenty years. It was the brainchild of whisky legend John Smith. His timing was good; this was the first distillery purpose-built to take advantage of railway transport and could easily take its whisky to market. The stills, unique in Scotland, were and are flat-topped - a Smith design to encourage reflux. Only the lighter, more subtle vapours pass through the lye pipe to be condensed in the traditional worm tubs outside, leaving the spirit clean, serious and complex. The regular release of CRAGGANMORE is highly praised by experts and deserves to be far better known.
The DISTILLERS EDITION is a collection of master-craftsmanship. Each cask in the series is individually selected and perfectly matched to the character of each of the single malts refined here. The two-parted maturation process gives more depth and complexity, which is the idea behind the limited DISTILLERS EDITION: preserving the perfection of the single malts that have already been awarded for their outstanding flavours. The selected taste nuances are more strongly accentuated in a way that is not found in the regular bottlings, but with fully maintaining the original character of these fine single malts.
SCOTLAND'S FINEST - Since 1997, the Distillers Editions have been an annual release of limited quantities, each very much true to its origins yet possessing a rich depth, complexity and nuance of flavour not found in the regular release. This excellent Cragganmore whisky has been firstly matured in Refill American and European Oak casks. With the second maturation finished in Port-seasoned re- charred American Oak with heavily recharred new AO ends.
PURE FLAVOUR - This elegant and sophisticated edition of Cragganmore has an intriguing depth of flavour, with notes of sweet fruit and smoky undertones.
SERVE SUGGESTION - Whichever Distillers Edition Scotch Whisky you choose, you are guaranteed to enjoy one of the finest single malts Scotland has to offer. Each of these whiskys is one of the best representatives of one of the six beloved whisky regions. Just try each of these successful bottlings one by one and embark on a tasteful journey through the whole of Scotland. Best enjoyed neat or with a sip of water to neutralise the palate.
AWARDED - The Distillers Editions have already won awards at major international competitions. Their international success and widespread acclaim set these annual collections apart as representatives of true special edition whiskys. The house of Cragganmore has also received several awards in the highest categories worldwide. A true success across the board.
GIFTING IDEA - This is an excellent, flavorful whisky edition that is heavily limited, and thus making it the ideal gift for any whisky lover. This collection offers whisky enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a new experience of their favourite brand and is highly coveted by connoisseurs and collectors as well as regularly awarded international prizes. Why not gift or collect them all?! The festive season is just around the corner.
Full gold. Fine beading. Good viscosity.
Light to medium.
Mellow in feel, and complex. Immediately sweetly, winey and fruity, then dense and more mysterious, with a wisp of smoke later on.
Firm and lightly oily in texture, sweet to start and soft at first on the palate, with juicy hints of wine and fruit. The sweetness is nicely balanced by light wood-spice and a smoky undertone.
Medium length, tingling and drying, while still appetisingly spicy, the oakiness hinting at vanilla and finally, cocoa.