Nose - hint of sherry and an undercurrent of something reminiscent of pipe tobacco.
There is a Glenlivet-esque mouthfeel - velvety and smooth, with no real bite at all. Is there a little bit of peat in this? The aftertaste actually does more flavor-wise than the initial hit on the tongue does. Strange combination of long but oddly dry.
This is a really lovely mellow drink, and a guy can easily work a couple of these into his belly. Warming but not firey, this is a very friendly malt, and as the weather turns colder in a few months, I can see this stuff becoming a staple.
Cragganmore is probably one the most balanced malts going. It is not overbearingly peaty and yet provides enough complexity on the palate. Long, memorable finish.
Have tried the 16yo and that is a true classic too.
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