1989 Cragganmore 23 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1155021

Finally, the return of Cragganmore to the Faultline line up. One of our first bottlings was a fabulous 20 year old Craggy, from a hogshead. That was three years ago and we haven't seen another Cragganmore from any of our suppliers since, so when this one popped up as a potential Faultline candidate we jumped on it. We were surprised again by both the quality and the incredible price! Cragganmore is distilled from very lightly peated barley. Over the course of 23+ years in a refill sherry butt, that subtle smokiness has morphed into what can only be described as quintessentially Speyside. Imagine a highland shrub recently in bloom after months of dormancy during the long cold winter. Imagine the honey bee attracted to the tiny purple flowers, returns to her hive, which is situated precariously on the outstretched limb of knobby oak tree. The honey slowly drips out of the dense honeycomb on to the damp reeds below. This tiny florally flecked speck of honey trapped on a blade of grass flutters in the breeze to land on a damp stone on the banks of the river Spey. Droplets from the idly lapping river loosen the blade from its sticky perch on the wet stone, eventually releasing it into the meandering river as it twists toward the north sea. Now imagine yourself with a bottle of Cragganmore. You have a very good imagination...

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Staff Image By: James Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/11/2014 | Send Email
Is it any wonder that this is richer than the silky, golden Cragganmore 12? This one's a deep gold-bronze, has a deeply nutty aroma of caramelized walnuts, and an earthy touch of wet plaster. Good, rich sipping, and very interesting.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2014 | Send Email
Beautiful honey and floral aromas flow out of the glass. The taste of honey and nuts continues the joy of this lively and delicious single malt. There is a nice long finish.

Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2014 | Send Email
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I don't say things are perfect very often, especially when rating wine and spirits, but this Cragganmore might be. The pedigree of the distillery is well known (it was always the great whisky writer Michael Jackson's favorite), but it takes a special barrel like this to show what the distillery can really do. The evolution of flavor in this malty beast is incredible, and your taste buds will thank you with every sip. A perfect representation of Speyside, it starts with toasted almonds and light caramel flavors that warp into a mixture of coffee, leather, and chili spices. Beautiful whisky!
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Alcohol Content (%): 54.8