Discover the differences between Cragganmore 12 vs Oban 14 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Single Malt is better for You!
|Nose||Citrus, caramel, almond, smoke|
|Palate||Citrus, cereal, honey, oak spice|
|Alcohol content||80 proof (40% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Oban 14, Macallan 12|
Cragganmore has a nose with a warm fruity scent, with orange and lemon and a faint peaty note.
This whisky is full-bodied, smooth and sweet with a bready malt character. The mouthfeel is well rounded, a bit spicy and sweet with a hint of biscuit.
The finish is gentle and smooth with an oaky note and pleasantly warm.
The Cragganmore is floral and sweet as most Speyside whiskies but comes with a gentle hint of peat making it stand out.
This is an easy drinker and great for someone just getting into single malts and interesting enough for those who have already tasted the “beginner Single Malts“.
The best way of drinking the Cragganmore is with a dash of water as it opens-up becoming sweeter, fruitier and less spicy.
Learn how it compares to the Glenfiddich 12!
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Cragganmore:
- Aged for a dozen in second-fill bourbon casks.
- Earned 94 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
- The San Francisco World Spirits Competition gave Cragganmore 12 two double gold, one gold and three silver medals between 2005 and 2012.
- Cragganmore is a Speyside Scotch located in Ballindalloch in Banffshire, Scotland.
- The distillery was founded in 1869 by John Smith an experienced distiller having managed Macallan, Glenlivet and Glenfarclas.
- Laura Vernon is the current master distiller.
- This brand is owned by Diageo and is a major contributor to Old Parr, White Horse and Johnnie Walker’s blends.
|Nose||Ripe fruit, orange peel, smoke|
|Palate||Dried fruit, pear, apple, cinnamon|
|Finish||Long, oak, baking spice, salt|
|Alcohol content||86 proof (43% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Talisker 10, Lagavulin 16|
The nose is quite promising as it kicks-off with a ripe fruit note, along citrus peel and a touch of smoke.
On the palate, Oban 14 provides a nice mouthfeel as the body feels creamy. Flavor hits with dried fruit at first, followed by pear and apple shrouded in baking spice and a gentle tad of smoke.
The finish is long and pleasantly warm, leaving an aftertaste of oak, baking spice and salt.
Cragganmore 12 vs Oban 14: Price comparison
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Cragganmore 12 vs Oban 14: Which is better?
Both are subtle on the smoke and very similar
|Whiskey||Cragganmore 12||Oban 14|
- These whiskies are quite similar making hard to tell from the other in a blind taste.
- The Cragganmore has a bit more smoke but very subtly.
- The Oban is richer in oak due to the extended aging and a pleasantly warmer due to the higher proof.
- Choose you warrior based on those facts.
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