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Advent Day 21 – Wemyss “Evergreen Forrest” 1989 Cragganmore 23 Year Old Single Malt | Blog #53

The last Sunday before Christmas and a very fitting whisky title. Hopefully you have a lovely Evergreen Christmas tree up at your place and can snuggle on the couch with this dram from Wemyss.

This is another chance for a comparison if you think back to Day 3 and the “Samaroli Spey” which we learned was also from the Cragganmore distillery.

Whisky: Wemyss “Evergreen Forrest” 1989 Cragganmore 23 year old single malt

*Cask # 2853 – Bourbon Hogshead – 46% non-chill filtered*

Evergreen ForrestColour: Another extremely light whisky for 23 years of age. I am really anticipating some lovely delicate flavors here, goody goody. You can almost see some very light greenish highlights with the right lighting.

Nose: Damp moss and wild field berries. Some wet slate and white flowers. Like taking a walk through Kananaskis after heavy Rain.

Palate: Super smooooooth at 46% wow this is gentle on the tongue and releases it’s flavors in a very velvety delivery. A touch of candied pistachio and soft sweet caramel.

Finish: Very fresh almost like 8 O’Clock mint’s, sweet white mint filling with a touch of dark chocolate. That fresh creamy mint also ties in with the stroll through Kananaskis and the fresh mountain air.

Water: Develops a little more into a touch of black cat hair…..no wait what has Shadow been doing with my glass noooooooo ………..

Shadow -on the iPad keyboard on the computer keyboard ... cats! Shadow -on the iPad keyboard on the computer keyboard … cats!

…ahem….. after a bit of a reset and clean of the old faithful Spiegelau tumbler I get a touch of savory crusty fresh bread.

Don’t know if I’m tainted now after the close encounter with a particularly long cat hair but this was delicious whisky indeed.

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

This yum in a bottle whisky is available from the following awesome retailers in the quantity of 60 units only:


Coop Wine and Spirits

Willow Park Wine & Spirits


Vinestone Wine Co


Andrew Hilton Wines and Spirits



Ingredients Artisan Market

Completely different from Day 3. With the comparisons of 3 Glentauchers and now 2 Cragganmore’s I hope that you can see how unique each single cask can be. While vatting together 100’s of barrels certainly has it’s merits for creating an ongoing flavor there is a lot to be said for finding those amazing barrels and saving them from becoming just one of the pack.

Independent bottling’s are super special for this very reason. If you take nothing away from this calendar journey except that trying single cask whiskies is cool then my work here is done.

See you tomorrow for the short countdown to Christmas Day. We head to an as yet untouched region of Scotland that only has a small number of distilleries so is pretty rare to see outside of their own labels.



Wemyss Malts Website

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