kronkelkreeuw wrote:Too complex for a beginner? Eh?
Absolutely. I well remember the days when I would taste a good whisky, screw my nose up in disgust and remark "Oooh no. That's far too complex!"
I can't really see complexity being offputting as long as the components are balanced (as they certainly are in Cragganmore) and are individually pleasant aromas and flavours.
One of the beauties of a whisky like Cragganmore is that it is an accessible introductory malt but has many of the qualities valued by the experienced enthusiast or expert.
I know of many people who were introduced to malts with a base expression of Glenfiddich or Glenlivet. I know of rather less enthusiasts who will still turn to those base expressions.