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Cragganmore 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Cragganmore 12 Year Old

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Cragganmore 12 Bottling Note

A sherried 12 year old single malt from Diageo's Classic Malts range, this bottling from the Cragganmore distillery represents Speyside and proffers a rich, slightly floral whisky with barley notes.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Aromatic, floral. Heather, fruit salad, creamy texture. Smoked almonds, stemmy hay.

Palate: Rich, honey, stone fruits, chestnuts, walnuts, almonds. Berries.

Finish: Smoky, good length, delicate peppery spice.

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Cragganmore 12 Year Old Reviews

Certainly not a powerhorse! Superb as a nightcap with a tiny splash of “Adam's Ale”

A fine delicate rather feminine Scotch, closer to The Dalwhinnie than Islay whiskeys. But the flavours are quite delicious. Not a dram for the macho palate - I use Lagavulin when I'm in that mood - but a subtle and quite splendid whisky.

14th June 2020

Ok but underwhelming

absolutely should have been 43%. As it is, its very basic and delicate. Doesn’t take water at 40% or you’ll risk loosing flavor when its falling apart.

14th May 2020

Don't buy

Am entry level whisky.. Just had my first bottle & would not want to would not get another soon.

25th April 2020

Elegant Speyside

I have enjoyed several bottles of this over the years and I thought it was time to reacquaint myself with an old friend. It's as elegant and complex as ever: citrus fruits and nuts and flowery perfume and a long sweetness on the finish. It's not for you if you prefer big sherry Speyside whiskies like Glenfarclas but it is subtle and gentle and a very pleasant aperitif.

8th April 2020


It's a pretty good whisky, nothing special tho. I doubt I'm ever gonna get another bottle of it.
I would recommend it as an entry level whisky.

21st March 2020


Un ottimo whisky questo Cragganmore 12, che dire si lascia bere con molta facilità, senza tralasciare nulla al caso del suo meraviglioso sapore dello speyside, veramente un grande whisky, per i suoi 12 anni lo si può competere anche con i più anziani... Da bere e gustare all'infinito.

25th December 2019

My favorite by far

I always have a bottle in the house. Open up the bouquet with a splash of water and it is like the nectar of the gods. Delicious. Everything else is second best for me. It is quite humorous to read the wide range of reviews for Cragganmore here. But I suppose if you're looking for a heavy, peaty Islay you shouldn't be drinking this anyway.

16th December 2019

I'll stick with Glenn 21

This was absolutely horrible. I enjoy the finer blends and thought I'd step out off the high horse and give the little guy a shot... boy was that a dumb idea.

I got about 10 different bottles from a friend closing her liquor store and this was one of them... I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this hobo/hipster piss.

23rd November 2019

Superb smoothness

Loved it for the superb smoothness on the palate and how easy it felt on the tongue. Nothing harsh at all in the notes. If anything the floral notes made it...I dare say a little feminine. Overall a very pleasurable malt

2nd June 2019

I’ll have nother bottle soon!

My brother got me one for my Bday... I didn’t think much of it... well, Im impressed! For what it is, I LOVE IT 🙏🏼

4th January 2019


I have very mixed feelings about this malt. It ticks a lot of boxes, but overall doesn't satisfy. It's not a complex dram, but neither is it a session dram, I find I get tired of it after a glass or two. If I want something sweet and floral I'd rather have Clynelish 14, which is much brighter and sparkier. If I want something sherried, I'd rather have Bunnahabhain 12, which is a far more interesting drink.

Cragganmore has great mouthfeel, it has a nice saltiness, it's decent but not great. Michael Jackson said it has the most complex aroma of any whisky. Well.... Either he was tripping that day or the current expression is a pale shadow of whatever it was he drank. I don't think I'd buy another bottle.

11th December 2018

Top 10

Well surprised with this little gem. Fantastic blend of long lasting flavours normally associated with much more expensive drams. A must iiWilln anyones whisky CDabiney. Will definitely be back for more.

2nd December 2018

Good entry whisky

Considering the price, it is a whisky you have to try. I do prefer by fare peaty or complex whisky from islay, but I find this one enjoyable and easy to drink. Perfect with friends and family that drink once in while. It is quiet close to a bushmills 10yo, probably more spicy with a longer finish. I find it despit everything a bit to focused on the lemon. Other than that, sweet, floral and well balance whisky.

24th October 2018

Beautiful, rich and spicy. Long lasting taste.

In summary

26th July 2018

Malty, spicy, quite enjoyable!

Just picked this one up and had to crack her open.
Pop the cork and there’s sherry.
On the palate is leather right off, creamy maltiness, chestnuts and spice (cardamon?).
It has a long, malty cereal finish which is more apparent after a few drops of water, but no sweetness emerges.
Very subtle sherry notes.

2nd July 2018

Very good choice for the price

This has been on my wishlist for a very long time, but only just got round to ordering a bottle after all these years. Wow! Superb whisky for the price, I'd go as far as to say its now one of my all-time favourites. My only regret is not discovering it earlier.

2nd May 2018

A classic!

I haven't had this whisky for a few years and I'd forgotten what an excellent malt it is. It's fragrant and delicate on the nose, to taste it's dry, flowery and smooth with a finish that goes on and on .... and on. I certainly wont leave it as long before my next bottle once this one's gone.

15th March 2018

Fantastic Value for Money

Despite my relative youth in the world of Scotch, I know I don't like peat, though I'm curious but wary about smoky whiskies. That's why I decided to try a very lightly smoked whisky, and Cragganmore just happened to fit the bill. It has a very balanced flavour; it's not overly sweet or sickly. The sweetness gives body to the whisky but the spice cuts through it so it doesn't get sickly, and the finish is quite long. I don't profess to be able to taste any particular type of berry or nut, but I can taste that it's very balanced and very drinkable. I'm going to re-order this without a doubt.

31st January 2018

Subtle yet substantial

Drinkable. Balanced. Intellectual. Ever ever in need of a sharper finish.

23rd December 2017

Very drinkable

Cragganmore may not be the best whisky in the world, but it is very drinkable

27th August 2017

A good quality malt which is excellent value for money

Wonderfully smooth with a delicate addictive aroma.

24th July 2017

Not sherried

Tried this .... disappointing. Not sherried at all as far as I can taste and whilst not unpleasant, not very exiting either. For almost the same price can get the much rounder Aberlour 12

15th May 2017

One of the best

Great value for money, cost 36€ in Greece, still prefer Talisker but if you are not to smoky this is great

1st May 2017

Best Speyside malt for me.

I usually prefer Islay or leather whiskies but love the richness and depth of cragganmore. By far my favorite Speyside, better than more expensive Macallan, though I never refuse one of them either.

23rd March 2017

Cragganmore invites you in by the fire and calms a troubled mind.

My first taste was in a restaurant and it was smoother than a baby's ass! I think that there is little that can touch it for the the price, its age, and, above all, its gives so much and asks so little.

28th February 2017

One of the worst Scotches I have had

Absolutely dreadful Scotch. All you taste is the floral notes. It is not at all smoky, nutty, or peppery. It is very sweet. I will give it 1 star because it goes well with cherry coke, that is the only way it is palatable. I only bought it because the liqour store was out of my go-to. It was a waste of $50.

17th February 2017

Really Moreish

A scotch every person should try to drink at least once. Honey, oak, spice, orange and a smoky and pleasant finish. There might be better scotches around but this one will not burn a hole in your hip pocket.

7th January 2017


Mmmmmm ;-)

27th November 2016

Rod Dowling

One of the finest malts available

12th November 2016

A typical Diageo product

This is, in a nutshell, a typical example of a Diageo product. Uninteresting but easy to drink - one that's likely desgined to appeal to the masses. Ultimately uninteresting but decent enough in both quality and price. One for the scotch beginner.

17th July 2016

Sweet and smooth

Cragganmore 12 was my second foray into what I'd call gentleman's scotches or real scotches. Unfortunately, I tasted it and its diametrically opposed super smokey cousins to the west. It's not bad for the price. It's not bad at all.
For me, I'm not really a fan of sweet things in general, so this wasn't a great scotch. It is smooth and has really fine subtle hints of florals. I'd say it's well balanced from beginning to end, and has a creaminess which was a little off-putting but not undesirable. I might revisit it when I can taste it against similar whiskeys

12th April 2016


For the money nothing else is close!!

5th April 2016

Something of a Chameleon...

I don’t mind saying this one certainly has me captivated. This is the first scotch I’ve ever tried that seems to deliver a different flavour to my palette almost every time I sip it. One moment it’s beautiful sweet honeyed fruity, the next sip it’s blowing up with ambery vanilla tones, the next a slight peaty smokiness with a soft saltiness and so on. I think I’d like to call it a chameleon, but not one with bright colours because these flowing changes are somewhat subtle yet seemingly very complex. How can one not want to come back to see what’s next! I have to say that this is rather an enjoyable experience as it’s not like any experience I’ve had with a single malt to date. Such changeability keeps me intrigued. How interesting you are Cragganmore 12 Year! Interesting indeed!!

The box indicates a ‘“long finish….” I’d certainly agree with that, but its not a loud finish, more a soft subtle complexity that seems to continue to unfold in unexpected ways. Yet not always, true to its chameleonic nature.

Certainly a very creamy texture to it and one that leaves me wanting a little more, perhaps because I love a little more punchiness to the smoky aspects, of which I find in this to be very soft. But it perhaps fits the tone as this is a softer scotch overall that reveals itself in complex subtitles rather than loud opulent overtones of flavour. Certainly worth a try just for the experience.

11th March 2016

There was a time

When I thought Glenmorangie was the malt. Not any more.

5th March 2016

Delightful stuff

I'm halfway through my bottle of Crag12 in less than 2 weeks as a daily nightcap. Cheers!

14th February 2016

Honey, Honey, Honey

Was a solid single malt that I would certainly give someone to introduce the world of single malt scotch. This is a very mellow, honey filled dram that seems to constantly push the honey notes over and over all the way through the finish on my palate. I did not receive even a hint of the pepper that the tasting notes specify, unfortunately this is what I bought the initial dram for.

31st January 2016

How Whisky should be

I'm new to this beast but it will be my constant companion from here on in. Gorgeous floral bouquet, redolent of late summer meadows. Creamy, buttery, smooth in the mouth, good vanilla, hint of sandalwood, slight nutmeg note. The finish is ok with no unpleasantness but no more than you'd expect at the price.

Absolutely knocks the socks off of The Macallan Amber which I bought same day and tasted back-to-back. What the hell is going on in Edrington Group? Wake up guys, you are selling your brand down the river.

26th January 2016


I like how smoth this was and the price makes this whiskey really worthy to buy!

5th January 2016

My first speyside


30th December 2015

Not bad, a bit pricey

Not a bad whiskey, nice clean flavour, however for what it is, it's a bit pricey.

For a similar price (at least where I live) you can get gems like Lagavulin 16yo, Aberlour 12yo or Dalwhinnie 15yo, all of which surpass the Cragganmore in my opinion.

23rd December 2015

Excellent choice!

Very rich and delicatte aromas. Excellent texture and well blended tastes!! A wise choise!

12th December 2015

Fine balanced whisky

Rich, aromatic nose. Sweet and mighty palate. Smooth. Some honey and more notes of nuts. Berries after nuts as I left caramel sweetness for a short period of bitterness.

The finish is of okey length. It could have last a little bit longer, but okey. I could only find a little remembrance of smoke. Yes, peppery spice before a dry ending.

Very good whisky.

A teaspoone of water to the glass opens up for subtile aromas, and it makes it even smoother. Interesting...

11th December 2015

Simply the best

Two words...mothers milk!

3rd September 2015

stunned at how good a 12 years old malt can be!

After a couple of weeks in Schotland trying several single malts we came back to the Netherlands and found a bottle of Cragganmore 12years for 26,24euro (18 pounds) for 70cl!!!
We were amazed by it's complexitity and the warm, smooth feeling in our mouths. It took us some time to decipher component parts of the smell. Then the tast and finaly also the finish. We took our minds of it by playing cribbage for a while and tried it again. This seemed to do the trick. :-)

Nose: Hay beginning to ferment, sweet malty with honey tones almost a good desert wine in a field of wild flowers with a touch of leather.
Palate: exuding warmth and smoothness in the mouth, bittersweet and smokey, a bit like slightly browned Christmas cake fruit.
Finish: perfumed lightly smokey wood, light spicy and peppery, and once again right at the end a memory of flowers in a grassy meadow. The aftertast seemed to go on and on. We found this a fascinating surprise and worth much more money than we paid for it. This is a big big whisky. We think of this as one of the best single 12 years old malts we have ever tasted.

S & L

12th August 2015

just perfect

To date, the best single malt under $50.00 that I have found.

24th April 2015

Craggonmore 12 Scotch

I have been collecting scotch whiskey and tasting it for the past 30 years and introduced to it a month is the best for the radrating 5stars

13th April 2015


I received a bottle as a gift and I waited to open it with my scotch drinking friend, Martin. I usually drink it on the rocks with a little soda. He drinks it on the rocks or neat. We both took a sip and our eyes widened and we looked at each other. It was delicious, smooth, a real gem. We have been trying to find a place that has more than one bottle at a time, so I decided to go to the source! Thanks!!

20th March 2015

not sherried all bourbon cast

having had this gem many times,it seems to get better every time i buy it.i wish it was 46% abv no chill-castration used,then it would be a jewel in the sun.
my favorite is dalwhinnie 15 yr 43% abv and also chill-filtered,you can't have everything.

steve.g boston,ma.

20th February 2015


To smokey for me, I guess I should have read the packaging. Other wise I found it rather flat and uninteresting

10th February 2015

!st try? Sold on the sip!

First tried this company's product over 30 years ago and was sold on the soft gentle touch to the throat. No burning or throtlling at the back of the mouth. Went well with me haggis [Hic] Saddly a little pricey.

1st February 2015

Lovely stuff- A Herb Garden in a glass (by Joe)

We visited the distillery many years ago and were shown around by the foreman as their visitor guide was off. After a great tour we were invited to help ourselves from a bottle of 10 yo. - still 3/4 full. I asked if we may finish it and the foreman said we many as well - so we did. Best distillery tour ever! ... and an outstanding dram at that: The malt to represent Speyside in the Diageo's Six Classic Malts - that says it all.

22nd November 2014


smooth, light, floral oak flavor

20th October 2014

Good not great

I like a good dram of Crag 12 once in a while. It's different than my usual heavy peated scotch. There's a very nice fruity and oky touch on the palate that I like to have say I'm sitting next to a bonefire. That being said, I don't personaly taste the uniqueness and deepness of other more complex scotches. Still, pretty good value.

18th August 2014

my choice whiskey

I studied abroad in Scotland this past year and my mission was to choose two malts to bring back to the US with me. For the price, this is the best whiskey I had in Scotland. Noted, I am a poor student and a lot of the whiskeys I tasted were not a whole lot more expensive than this and I am relatively new to whisky.However, this whiskey is a solid choice for anybody who is not absolutely rolling in dough. It is extremely well priced for the flavor complexities. It is great choice to pull out when you have guests. It is smooth enough, complex enough, and cheap enough to be a pretty bad-ass part of anyone's entertaining repertoire. It's also a good representation of a spayside malt. My favorite thing by far though is it's musical progression(nose-palate-finish). I think the different stages of tasting flow exceptionally well in a dram of this. A lot of whiskys are jarring in their progression, which can be exciting like a mosh pit, but Cragganmore 12 is like watching koyaanisqatsi for the first time, musically elegant, and simple, but slowly developing this sublime complexity as it unfolds.

18th July 2014


quite a dull dram. not bad but nothing good to say about it either.
at this price and whisky level, would stick to a balvenie

20th June 2014

speyside at it' very best

cragganmore 12 yr scotch is one the best whisky's i have ever tasted.i wish it had more backbone e.g.43% abv.and no dam'n chill filtering.but all this nit picking aside,it's still a great dram do yourself a favor get some!!!!

9th April 2014

Sweet and soothing

As an Islay lover I find this too subtle and smooth. If that's what you're looking for in a whisky, go for it. But I don't recommend Cragganmore for folks seeking more powerful flavors. That being said, this is an excellent example of Speyside character and worthy of a try. If only they would cut down on the chill-castration - sorry, I meant filtration...

25th February 2014

Best for price

I have bought quite a few scotches Pricewise and I've been searching Scotch quite a few years I must say this is one of the best I've tasted for less than $100 I would definitely recommend .

30th December 2013

Lovely interesting nose

I agree with consensus that this is a fine standard Speyside without much complexity or style apart from its fabulous nose. Diagio ought to cut the chill-filtering and bump up the ABV to 45%, then they could have a real winner here.

4th December 2013

alex tsvok

Самый лучший виски, что пробовал. Супер.

28th October 2013

I agree, it's a first class beginner malt

So I've always been drawn towards peaty Islay malts, with Ardbeg and Lagavulin on top.
A friend treated me to a dram of this, and I realised instantly that there is a beautiful world outside of Islay.

This malt is sweet, elegant and highly drinkable, whoever you are, I suppose.

19th October 2013


my favourite..this is the chosen one for me

10th October 2013

very delicate

...and pleasant to the palate and nose.a decent,smooth , lasting finish as well...too easy to drink and I better not get too attached to it or I might become an alcoholic.agree with the other post, this is definitely not sherried.

18th July 2013

Wrong desscription

This whisky is not sherried... Diageo say if you email them that its first fill bourbon!

15th July 2013

Very good | Nice single malt

I will try to express my opinions without using one and same word "experienced" whiskey lovers.
Aroma: The first attempt - a pleasant, sweet smell of sugar ... if divide the whole range of flavors in parts - I do not know what it looks like, but I do not feel nuts, no milk chocolate, there is no floral scent like in Glenlivet 12. After a drop of water and a couple of minutes, clearly felt in the flavor of something fresh, something similar to an apple and that's all. The main flavor - something pleasant and sugar.
Taste: Exactly the same as the smell. Drunk very easy and pleasant. Unfortunately I could not feel anything in the taste of the familiar. Best suited word - spices.
Finish: too pleased, long, felt the heat and after the third sip unobtrusive taste of bread. The general impression in comparison with Glenlivet 12 - perfect.

11th June 2013

Классика Спейсайда. Евгений из Украины

Еще один из 6-ки Классик Молт. Очень хороший и яркий представитель региона.
Вкус и запах: миндаль, пряности, ваниль и корица. Приятный согревающий виски.

(Translation using Google Translate: Another one of the 6s Classic Malt. Very nice and bright representative of the region.
Taste and smell: almonds, spices, vanilla and cinnamon. Pleasant warming whiskey.)

8th June 2013

Not a bad malt, but nothing special.

It's a fine, but rather pedestrian dram. It's lacking that zip and sparkle that really makes you sit up and take notice. Not what I'd spend thirty-one of my pounds on. Don't get me wrong, I'd recommend buying a bottle if it's on special offer, but I'd say you could get quite a few far more exciting single malts for the same price.

6th April 2013

Agree with the one who wrote "great way to enter..."

I'm new to whisky. I mean, I've tasted a bit of this, a bit of that, and I don't usually appreciate it enough to enjoy it. But I tasted this one and I must say it's great. I know nothing about whisky and it makes me want to know more and try other Speyside whiskies. I'm really glad I bought it. It's the best I've tasted to far, but I havent tasted many. To be continued.

8th March 2013

Very good

Cragganmore is a reliable all-around whisky and a great introduction to the Speyside style. There's enough going on to keep experienced drinkers happy, and it's smooth enough to entice new ones.

22nd June 2012

Great way to enter the world of Scotch Whisky

Newer whisky drinkers will undoubtebly appreciate. More different tastes than most entry-level scotches.

10th March 2012

Pretty good for only 12 years old

Nose: Intriguing unique nose, slightly earthy to me, very slight hay
Palate: Rich, slight bite, hint of sweetness, taste slightly unfinished.
Finish: Slight bite continues, spice-mix of pepper and cinnimon.

For a 12 year old, pretty good.

If you can't afford 18 year old, this is fine. I am spoiled for the 15+ year old Scotches, but was very interested in trying a speyside. I can't wait to try one older.

23rd January 2011

A bit dissapointing

Take instead Johnny Walker Green Label Pure Malt, where it is an ingridient.

19th September 2010

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