Cragganmore 1992 Distiller’s Edition (Double Matured in Port Casks)

Speyside – 40%ABV – 750ml bottle – $58-80 (seriously, where are all of these spreads coming from??) | £35 | €40

Not sure if you’ve seen it yet but Jason of WHISKYhost just posted a stellar review of the Cragganmore 10yr Cask strength.  If you have not, check it out now, then come back for my review of Cragganmore’s 1992 Distiller’s Edition.

The standard 12yr Crag’ is such a cracker of a dram.  The price is right (about $40USD) and I’d say it’s just an all-around-great-everyday-dram.  I read a review somewhere whereas the Crag’ 12yr was referred to as “the little dram that could”.  While I can appreciate the loving note on the Crag’ 12, “little” is not really be applicable to Cragganmore…

Wait a sec, I’m reviewing the 1992 Distiller’s Edition, right?  Ok, enough of my blathering on about the 12yr.  Here we go on the dram-at-hand:

After having the Balvenie 21yr Portwood, then the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, I was excited to find out that Cragganmore also had a Port finished whisky: 1992 Cragganmore Distiller’s Edition (picture shown is their 1993 edition which I have not yet tried).

Initial whiff Some brine & spirit (more spirit than I expected for the ABV), peppery oak and perhaps some minted honey & orange rind. All this was drawing me in, big time.

On the mouth Nothing, at first, like the nose. Initial reaction: Butter, the feel is like melted butter with a warming toffee flavor. Then, it gets a little spicey and tingley (think ginger on a good sushi roll). There more wood influence then port but wow, a nice experience so far.

Finish Lasting, oaky, spiced orange (the taste of the smell of oranges that have cloves stuck in them, if’n you know what I mean).

In sum I was expecting a little smoke here, as with the standard Cragganmore (just a little smoke) but I think something overtook it, perhaps the port…  As interesting as this one is (and as much as I like port finished whiskies), I have to say that I prefer the standard Cragganmore 12yr expression over this.  I can’t wait to try their 10yr Cask Strength

7 thoughts on “Cragganmore 1992 Distiller’s Edition (Double Matured in Port Casks)”

  1. Excellent post Y.
    i loved the cragg 12 (never had it home) and i want this one 2.
    damn it, now i have 2 kids, i need to save for both, but i love malts. i am torn.
    😉

    too little money too many single malts i need to taste.
    this is my story.

    Gal. Israel. 😉

  2. Excellent post Y.
    i loved the cragg 12 (never had it home) and i want this one 2.
    damn it, now i have 2 kids, i need to save for both, but i love malts. i am torn.
    😉

    too little money too many single malts i need to taste.
    this is my story.

    Gal. Israel. 😉

  3. It’s funny, I’ve had whisky drinkers tell me that if you’re going to drink Port finished single malt, make it Cragganmore. However, I have never liked this release (nor any of the Distillers Editions). As you know, Yossi, I’m not really a fan of Port finishes in general (although I think Springbank did it well) but this one in particular struck me as all over the place. I think we can both agree that the Cragg 12 is a very good whisky and you’ll soon discover that the Cragg 10 CS takes that to another level!

    Happy dramming and thanks for the link,
    Jason @WHISKYhost

  4. It’s funny, I’ve had whisky drinkers tell me that if you’re going to drink Port finished single malt, make it Cragganmore. However, I have never liked this release (nor any of the Distillers Editions). As you know, Yossi, I’m not really a fan of Port finishes in general (although I think Springbank did it well) but this one in particular struck me as all over the place. I think we can both agree that the Cragg 12 is a very good whisky and you’ll soon discover that the Cragg 10 CS takes that to another level!

    Happy dramming and thanks for the link,
    Jason @WHISKYhost

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