Cragganmore 12 Years Old two-part label from the 1980's 40% NV
|Serie||Old two-part label|
|Bottling date||+/- 1987|
Serge Valentin (86)
Colour: gold (slightly darker than the newer version.) Nose: certainly more complex and more polished, with more honey, smoke, new leather and these rather wonderful floral notes (and pollen plus nectar). Not sure about what comes from bottle ageing but this older version is of higher quality in my view. Mouth: excellent, very honeyed, spicy and even meaty, really full-bodied. Reminds me of the best meads. Notes of cappuccino and quinces. Yes, a drop of quince eau-de-vie in a good coffee. Finish: fairly long, rounded but not dull at all. Honey, coffee, orange liqueur and liquorice. Comments: an excellent dram but once again, whether this superior quality comes from the 20 years of bottle ageing or not is hard to tell.