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Whisky, Speyside



Cragganmore, 48 Year Old, Speyside, Prima & Ultima, 2020 Release, 1971

4x70cl £29,400.00

1 bottle £7,350.00 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

The last of the coal fired stills. Distilled in 1971 at the age of 48, this natural cask strength Cragganmore has been drawn from one prized cask, number 2301. From the very last cask made on coal-fired stills before the switch to oil-fired steam heating in 1972, this Cragganmore is a remarkable piece of history. A single first fill ex-Sherry butt, and a bottling that can never be repeated. The flavours provide a glorious reminder of rich ‘old school’ whiskies from another age and run unforgettably deep. Very dark magenta and rich mahogany in colour. The aromas are mild yet hugely complex, with treacle toffee, prunes in syrup, dark raisins, old-fashioned cold remedies, dark chocolate, espresso coffee and later a suggestion of eucalyptus oil. The taste is thick and oily in texture, rich, sweet and complex with tarred ropes, hessian sacks, dark chocolate, wine-soaked fruit then a controlled, wood-spiced and peppery mid-palate. The finish is long fresh and drying, with a lingering hint of leather-bound books.

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