Tasting note: Cragganmore 2004 SMWS 37.90 (12-year-old, "The path less trodden")

Cragganmore 2004 SMWS 37.90 "The path less trodden"Color: Chestnutoloroso sherry

Nose: Spices, cinnamon and glue. Behind that, vanilla. I didn't notice any change after adding water.

Taste: Spicy chilli and curry come first for me, followed by sweet oak notes and orange peel. No considerable change in taste with water, but the mouth feel gets thicker, stickier.

Finish: Long with orange peel, spices and caramelised sugar.

Comments: Okay-ish dram that doesn't quite fit into SMWS's category of "Deep, rich & dried fruits", in my humble opinion. More like "Spicy & sweet".

Rating: I rated this whisky 80 out of 100.
(Nose 20, Taste 21, Finish 20, Balance 19)

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Tasting note: Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (12-year-old, 3rd edition)

Glenmorangie Quinta RubanColor: Mahogany

Nose: Starts out pretty fresh, even a little bit sour. Then sweet grapes come out strong along with plums and dark berries as well as shy vanilla and cocoa aromas that make it interesting.

Taste: Fruity and sweet. Definitely raspberries. Grapes again. It's well worth taking a big sip and keeping the whisky in your mouth for a couple of seconds. Very gentle mouth feel, as is typical for many Glenmorangie whiskies. This one is nicely balanced between grapes and oak. The port finish adds just enough complexity to make it worthwhile yet accessible to those still getting started with single malt whiskies.

Finish: Still fruity but more oak now. A dry taste settles on the palate, the mouth feels oily. The finish is medium in length. Perhaps the finish is a tad weak after the compelling nose and taste, but who wants to nit-pick?

Comments: Complex and very satisfying. The Quinta Ruban stands amongst my favourite Glenmorangies, (almost) up there with the beautiful Signet.

Rating: I rated this whisky 87 out of 100.
(Nose 22, Taste 22, Finish 21, Balance 22)

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