Another whisky that appeared at bars and didn’t find a home in an outturn… yet. No doubt it will turn up in whisky for a year or a members tasting.
SMWS 37.60, Oranges, spices and London honey, Cragganmore, 29 years old, 52.4%(?) A⊕+
Refill bourbon, 182 bottles.
Nose - Glorious. Deeply sweet, orange wax, waxed bannister, orange juice and granite. Depth, structure and grit. Balance and intensity. With water, a little more marker pen, retronasal cereal and chopped almonds.
Body - Spice, leather, tobacco. Satsumas and boiled sweets. Water brings down the spice and leather and brings more juice, musky honey and a little more wood.
Finish - Long, toffeed and thick. Still spicy and fresh with lingering, deep wood sour.
A spectacular dram. Lovely orange notes throughout and extremely well balanced without being oversweet.