Thursday, 18 July 2019
SMWS 37.119, Cragganmore, Plum sauce rancio-fest, 16 years old, 56.6% A+
11th June 2002, 1st fill PX hogshead (14 years in bourbon HH)
Body - Soft and ripe again, then quite a hardwood-y, sweetshop sourness that gives it structure - bright boiled sweets and a little burnt orange marmalade.
Finish - Long and brightly sour, more cut orange peel and the first bites of liquorice imps.
An extremely well judged finishing here, that richness has worked very well with what was probably quite an astringent cask to start with. That does leak a little in the final character of the whisky, but there’s loads of luxury, structure and complexity to get into.