Cragganmore 20yo Speyside Single Malt 700ml 2020 Special Release

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Cragganmore 20yo Speyside Single Malt 700ml 2020 Special Release

Diageo Special Releases 2020

A 20 year old Cragganmore here(1999 Vintage), released as part of Diageo's always anticipated Special Releases. For the 2020 Special Releases, a wonderfully laid-back Cragganmore has been selected, matured in a combo of refill casks and new fresh-charred casks. Expect plenty of vanilla and pear, along with a few flashes of pecan and buttered toast.

Nose: sweet, rather oily, with a good dose of fresh, slightly grassy oak. Bananas, yellow plums and ripe pears. Whiffs of beeswax. Crème brûlée. A lightly fragrant touch as well, almost glue. Hints of shortbread and walnuts as well.

Mouth: starts with sweet, creamy notes – plums and tangerines. It is quickly overtaken by grainy notes, oak polish and a good dose of burnt wood, including a light bitterness. Ginger and menthol, as well as liquorice and hints of Turkish coffee.

Finish: medium, still on charred notes, ginger, apple compote and marmalade.

This is quite a punched up, oak-driven expression of Cragganmore. The new oak brings a layer of charred flavours and spice, but also added sweetness.

Alc: 55.8%


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