Welcome to The B&B Speakeasy Drink of the Month for February 2012!!
Considering the number of scotch lovers and scotch novices in our midst, we've chosen a classic Speyside in Cragganmore 12 year.
Founded in 1869, Cragganmore Distillery uses unique stout, "flat" topped stills and condenses in old-time wooden worm tubs, then ages in bourbon casks to create a complex array in the nose and mouth of its standard expression.
Cragganmore 12 is appreciated by many experienced scotch drinkers for its steadiness. On the lighter side of medium, there isn't one flavor profile that jumps up and pops you in the gob, but Cragganmore does well in giving a moderated complexity. It's pleasant and polite, yet still manages a proper finish. It's a nice single malt to try early on in one's scotch journey, and it's a dram that a good lot of us scotch drinkers enjoy coming back to from time to time.
If you haven't tried it, I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you have tried it, maybe it's a good time to revisit!
Personally, I don't keep a bottle in my cabinet. However, when I drink it I always wonder why I don't keep a bottle around. This is one that seems to open up with a little touch of water, say six or eight drops. I get hints of vanilla-oak and grass on the nose. Sweet and very mild peat with spice in the mouth, and a wisp of smoke followed by dried fruit for the finish. I really like that it's busy but not hectic.
So, fellow B&B Speakeasy friends, what are your thoughts on Cragganmore 12 year?