Cragganmore 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Today, the Cragganmore Distillery continues to honor the Smith legacy by crafting a unique single malt whisky made exclusively from lightly smoked barley. Once the barley arrives at the distillery, it is mashed in one of the distillery's six stainless steel mashtuns before being fermented in washbacks made of European larch. While larch washbacks are more difficult and expensive to maintain as compared to steel washbacks, they absorb a portion of the heat generated during fermentation and thus, contribute to a more robust flavor profile.
Following fermentation, the whisky is distilled twice through Cragganmore's copper-pot stills. The distillery's unique, flat-topped spirit stills (most distilleries have swan-shaped stills) and traditional worm-tubs (most distilleries use cooling condensers) contribute additional complexity and flavor to the whisky.
After the whisky has been distilled, Cragganmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is aged for twelve years in second-fill bourbon casks. The distillery uses second-fill casks to subdue the woodiness that is often imparted by lengthy aging in virgin or first-fill ex-bourbon casks. As a result, the whisky has a straw gold color and beautiful floral aroma, with added notes of sage, rosemary, honey and peanut butter brittle. The palate is filled with hazelnuts, dark chocolate and lavender, and leads to a subtle finish that is marked by oak, almonds, light smoke and vanilla.
Cragganmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky earned 94 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and is said to have, “the most complex nose of any malt whisky,” according to the esteemed whisky writer Michael Jackson.
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|Proof||80 (40% ABV)|
|Distiller/Bottler Name||Cragganmore Distillery|
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