Cragganmore 27 (Archives “The Fishes of Samoa” 1989/2016 Cask 1465) Review

This is a 27 year Cragganmore matured in an ex sherry hogshead and bottled at 48.7% ABV.

Nose: Quite grapey with banana candies and black cherry. Oak taking on a musty profile with pine needles and bright lime juice showing up after a bit.

Palate: Very spicy/peppery up front with the oak coming through strongly – heavy lime here again which masks some of the sweeter fruits and a hint of ethyl acetate showing up.

Finish: Lemony with cherries and heavy oak lingering.

Rating: 84/100 – Some interesting notes with lots of bright citrus – the palate didn’t fully come together for me though.

Value for the money: I ordered this from overseas for probably around $170 shipped or so, and I wouldn’t buy another at that price.

Benrinnes 13 (AD Rattray 1998/2012 Cask #6850) Review

This is a 13 year Benrinnes that was matured in an Oloroso sherry butt for 13 years before being bottled at 53.5% ABV.

Nose: Fruit cake, walnuts, banana bread, butterscotch, and muddled fruits – dark, rich fruit notes permeate this sherry bomb.

Palate: Quite flinty with plums among a nutty malt, cocoa and cherry notes mixed with a lot of tannins.

Finish: Quite bitter from all the lingering tannins with a good amount of fruits lingering.

Rating: 88/100 – A very good, heavily sherried Benrinnes. I’m amazed at the color and flavors this has picked up after only 13 years.

Value for the money: Looks like this has been averaging around €150 at auction in recent months which is a pretty great price for what you’re getting.