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Cragganmore 12 at 43%?

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Cragganmore 12 at 43%?

Postby lexvo » Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:11 pm

Lately we had a small tasting at home, one of the bottles being Cragganmore 12. We all agreed that it is a nice whisky, but it could do with a little more punch if you understand what I'm saying. I feel that it would be even better at say 43%. Anyone know if there are bottelings of Cragganmore 12 at another abv than 40%?
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Re: Cragganmore 12 at 43%?

Postby John McGill » Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:05 pm

lexvo wrote:Anyone know if there are bottelings of Cragganmore 12 at another abv than 40%?


Bladnoch Distillery have bottled a couple of Cragganmore casks in the past, one at 60.6% and the other at 62%. These are no longer available in the online shop but you should be able to pickup either up from one of the various online retailers.
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Re: Cragganmore 12 at 43%?

Postby Reggaeblues » Sat Oct 25, 2008 2:15 am

Maybe the SMWS have one at natural strength?
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Re: Cragganmore 12 at 43%?

Postby lohssanami » Sat Oct 25, 2008 2:53 am

Here is a quick list of recent OB's that are available at TWE.

Cragganmore 12 yo - 40%
Cragganmore DE - 40%
Cragganmore 1993 10 yo - 60.1%
Cragganmore 14 yo "Friends of the Classic Malts" - 47.5%
Cragganmore 1973 29 yo - 52.5%

I have seen different bottles of the 12, ranging from the 1980's to now, and all of them have been 40%. I have one from the early 90's, and one from the late 90's, and both of them are 40%. I would try a bottle of the 10 yo, and you can always water it down a bit to your taste.
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Re: Cragganmore 12 at 43%?

Postby jimidrammer » Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:49 pm

I have a Cadenhead's Cragganmore @ 60.2% abv from 1995, but that's probably not available anymore. The 10yo OB mentioned above is still around, but rather expensive here @ $100+. Here's a thought I have, when sipping most normal drams I like about a teaspoonful at a time, less for high abv drams, but when the whisky is light/weak or when adding water I tend to double it and get a bigger flavor explosion from the additional taste bud contact. Just a personal comment, now have a laugh at that one.
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Re: Cragganmore 12 at 43%?

Postby lexvo » Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:50 pm

Thanks all for your replies. The 10 at CS looks interesting. Also very interesting is the 14 at 47,5% I will try to see if that one is available near to me.
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Re: Cragganmore 12 at 43%?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Oct 26, 2008 1:16 pm

You may struggle to find both that 10yo and the 14yo as they were limited either as a premium release (10yo) or as a 'Friends' bottling (14yo). Both were released some time ago and I shouldn't think there is a lot of either of them around. Having said that, given the current weakness of the £, you might do quite well ordering them from TWE. Also, if you were seriously thinking of forking out around £90 for the 14yo, then why not go the whole hog and get the 29yo for £124. That's a pretty good price for any 29yo OB these days.

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Re: Cragganmore 12 at 43%?

Postby borgom » Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:40 am

Wasn't the 10yo CS matured solely/majority ex sherry casks? It may well be a great whisky but don't expect it to simply be a CS version of the standard bottling.
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Re: Cragganmore 12 at 43%?

Postby lexvo » Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:56 pm

Willie JJ wrote:You may struggle to find both that 10yo and the 14yo as they were limited either as a premium release (10yo) or as a 'Friends' bottling (14yo). Both were released some time ago and I shouldn't think there is a lot of either of them around. Having said that, given the current weakness of the £, you might do quite well ordering them from TWE. Also, if you were seriously thinking of forking out around £90 for the 14yo, then why not go the whole hog and get the 29yo for £124. That's a pretty good price for any 29yo OB these days.

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Thanks Willie, I didn't realize that the 14yo would be £90 :oops: Might still be a good buy, but for £90 (or £124) I think I will buy some other bottles first :)
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