Malt Advocate 87 points - This oft-overlooked Speysider has been frustratingly variable in the past, but now seems to have hit greater consistency. Worm tubs and weird stills combine to give a complex malt, but one that needs help from oak to blossom fully. There are hedgerow aromas: black currant leaf, hawthorn berries, and lots of honey. A chestnut note continues on the tongue where, on the finish, a hint of smoke lurks.
(Summer 2012) Reviewed by: Dave Broom
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - The aromatics leap from the glass filling the room with the sweet scents of malt, ripe orchard fruits, creme caramel, wild flower honey, banana bread with hints of oak and smoke. Perfectly balanced with a creamy texture that gives way to a complex spice (Mar 2012)
The Cragganmore master distiller hand-selects barrels for a second maturation in Port casks, lending another level of complexity to this northern Speyside malt. The Port wood finishing adds dark, succulent notes of dried plum, dark cherry and black currant in addition to bright, sweet notes of toffee and candied orange.