SMWS 37.65, ‘Bursting with interest and imaginings’, Cragganmore, 29 years old

There are some whiskies you know are going to be excellent just from a wee sniff of the bottle (or the sample bottle, as I’ve shared only a bit of this). A 29 year old Cragganmore, what can go wrong, right? Nothing as it seems. This is a lovely dram indeed. 192 bottles made, and shockingly there are still some on sale on the SMWS site (here).This baby comes from a re-fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead,bottled at 46.5% (not much, but it feels right), distilled 19th December 1985.

SMWS 37.65, Bursting with interest and imaginings, 46.5% , £124.60 (members)smws37.65

Nose : Oh yeah. This is what I like about old whisky. Classic older malt here, with lots of old wood, library shelves, tons of old leather bound books, dusty and waxy as hell. Beautiful. A nice ripe orange feel to it too, and a perfume like quality mainly on flower petals.

Palate : a nice creamy backbone with lots of old wood, coconut, and some spice the wax and old furniture reign with a hint of grapefruit and butterscotch candy. Deep and rewarding.

Finish : Wood, grapefruit and buttery coconut.

This one is heavy on the wood, old style wood, which I happen to love, some perfumed notes and a nice creamy palate with the grapfruit balancing out. Highly recommended. and still available.

Score: 92/100

2 thoughts on “SMWS 37.65, ‘Bursting with interest and imaginings’, Cragganmore, 29 years old

  1. Try to find yourself a bottle of the 30 year Cragganmore.
    Nose – amazing storng fruit cake.
    Palate – I needed a drop of water, which made extremely rich and very special

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