Sunday, May 27, 2012

Glenmorangie 10 and Cragganmore 12

It takes quite a while to learn to appreciate fine single malts. The only way to get familiar with the nose and taste of whisky is to practice tasting them. The more practice you get the better you can describe what you are smelling and tasting. I have a few bottles of whiskies that have been recommended for the beginner. The two I tasted yesterday are Glenmorangie 10 and Cragganmore 12. Glenmorangie is from the highland region of Scotland and Cragganmore is from the Speyside area. I tasted them together to try and discover the differences between them.

I've enjoyed Glenmorangie 10 so much that I've only got half a bottle left.

Here is what I wrote. As I get more experienced I'll be able to describe them better.

Cragganmore 12 40% 200ml bottle
Appearance - light amber
Nose (neat) - strong, floral, sweet
Nose (water) - floral
Taste (neat) - syrupy malty, cookies
Taste (water) - a little vanilla
Finish - Nice draw out and clean.
Conclusion - A very easy, not too complex whisky

Glenmorangie 10 40% 700ml bottle
Appearance - light amber
Nose (neat) - muted alcohol, vanilla, caramel
Nose (water) - slight coconut
Taste (neat) - warming, caramel
Taste (water) - spicy, orange, citrus
Finish - Short and clean.
Conclusion - A nice whisky with plenty of flavor for the beginner. Easy to drink.

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