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OscarV
09-11-2008, 12:13
I've had this bottle of Cragganmore for a couple of years now but I just can't seem to get to it.
I have so many bourbons to choose from.

It is;
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Signatory Vintage
Speyside Single Malt

Question, what does all of the above mean?

Other info on the bottle;
Age: 16 years
Distilled: 18 April 1989
Bottled: 25 July 2005
Matured in: Hogshead
Cask No.: 990
Bottle No.: 241 of 366

So what should I expect?
The only other scotch's I have had are,...
Johnnie Walker Red, didn't like it
Johnnie Walker Black, good on the rocks
Johnnie Walker Blue, stellar, could still taste it an hour later
Chivas Regal, OK but after I found JWB I never went back
Laphroaig 15yo, wow, now I know what they mean by peat monster, I have been working on this bottle since last Winter and only about 3 fingers left, I do like it.

barturtle
09-11-2008, 12:33
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Signatory Vintage
Speyside Single Malt


I'll start here:

Most whiskies are of course chill filtered, this isn't

Signatory is an independent bottler, Scotch is pretty cool, in that for the most part, if the spirit in the bottle comes from some place in particular you can actually put that on the bottle, this would be like getting a bottle of Wild Turkey distilled bourbon from KBD that actually said Wild Turkey on the label.

Speyside is one of the distilling regions of Scotland: Speyside, Highland, Lowland, Island, Campbeltown and Islay.

What to expect...I'll leave this to the pros. Here (http://www.whiskyfun.com/Cragganmore.html) is a good page with basic info on the distillery, general taste profile and links to several bottlings, both distillery releases and independent bottlers.

sku
09-11-2008, 12:43
Cragganmore is a well regarded Speysider. I find it pretty typical of the general style there: Smooth, some malt, well balanced, not much in the way of smoke. It's a nice and quite popular malt, though not one of my favorites.

It's not too comparable to the other whiskies you've listed. The Walkers are, of course, blends. Cragganmore is a single malt. It is actually a component of JW Green, but it doesn't have too much in common with the red, black or blue. If anything, the flavor profile is probably more similar to Chivas, but it's much better than the basic Chivas. In general, single malts are going to pack more of a flavor punch than blends.

Give it a try.

Jono
09-11-2008, 12:45
I enjoy Cragganmore but don't have your bottle....as stated above...a nice pour. Another informative site:


http://www.lovescotch.com/productDetail.php?pid=646 < Review
http://www.whisky.com/brands/cragganmore_brand.html < Distillery

AVB
09-13-2008, 06:39
The Hogshead also tells you that it was stored in a wine barrel since ex-bourbon barrels that are commonly used are not hogsheads.

boss302
09-13-2008, 23:28
The Hogshead also tells you that it was stored in a wine barrel since ex-bourbon barrels that are commonly used are not hogsheads.

The term Hogshead is, at least in my (admittedly limited) experience, usually used in the context of Madeira wine.

If so, this should be a very tasty dram-- Madeira-finished whiskies are some of my faves!