Single Speyside malt, double matured; finished in Ruby Port Pipes
After sampling the Talisker Distillers Edition, I hinted that I might enjoy the Cragganmore Distillers Edition for Christmas. Either my wife picks up hints well, or my entreaties were stronger than I thought; whatever the cause, my wife — God bless her — deposited a bottle of the Cragganmore under the tree for me.
Nose: Apples, pears, rich port tones, ginger, and liquorice.
Palate: Dry, vanilla-oaked, spiced-tea, stewed apples and pears.
Finish: Oak, pepper, and a long, subtle bitterness reminiscent of an IPA.
Final notes: This whisky is easy to drink, but has a subtle complexity: there is a nicely balanced marriage between the restrained smoke and port aspects. For me, the addition of water brought no additional benefits. This expression is a nice addition to the Distillers Edition collection.