Cragganmore 25yo Special Release 1988 - 2014 (51,4%)

Cragganmore 25yo Special Release 1988 - 2014 (51,4%) € 407.50
Brand: Cragganmore
Availability: In Stock
Ex Tax: € 336.78

Specification

Properties
Age 25 years old
Region Speyside
ABV 51,4%
Volume 0.70 liter

Description

This 25 years old Cragganmore was bottled in the 2014 Special Release series by Diageo. It's the fifth Cragganmore release in this series and can be well compared to the 21yo 1988 from 2010 and the 17yo 1988 from 2006. This release was distilled in 1988 and has matured in American and European oak refill casks. It was bottled in 2014 at natural cask strength of 51,4% ABV. A limited release of 3372 bottles.

A complex wonderful balance between sweet and dry. A spendidly mature, serious and intriguing whisky full of exciting and evocative aromas and flavours, which has a depth and elegant structure worthy of any study; adding water softens things yet also dulls this fabulous complexity

Colour: rich antique gold, amber lights. Good beading.

Nose: initially cautious, with soft hints of ripe red apple, then opening to reveal an astonishingly full, complex and vibrant combination of dried figs and raisins, damson jam, banana skin, polished leather and wood, sandalwood and muscovado sugar. Or you may find orange oil, honey, confectioners’ honeycomb, sweet malted cereals and even mango in a creamy syllabub! Then heady floral notes, like old-school French fragrances and suddenly old wooden fruit boxes with Brazil nuts, dates and dried figs. More Speyside character emerges with water, when it is softer and beautifully balanced but inevitably less complex, now with scents of banana pan-fried in butter, with brown sugar, and more pronounced hints of leather

Palate: Dry overall after a sweet start, with flavours to match the complexity of the nose, and a pleasant texture and taste. It’s immediate and cooling, then smooth, with  salty, savoury elements right at the outset. Passing through a warming, sweet raisiny level, it begins to acquire a lovely depth, with smoothly integrated oak, cocoa and balancing black cherry tartness. Again, it’s softer with water

Finish: Medium in length with elegant, silky and unctuous tannins, so not over-drying, and suggestions of fruit, nuts, savoury meats and scented cellar wood. Softer with water; pleasantly winey and with more late hints of mature oak

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