Cardhu 18 Year

Single Malt

Cardhu // Speyside, Scotland

  • Cost

  • Distiller Score

    86
  • Avg. Rating

    3.72
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 32 )

An often forgotten achievement of the Cardhu distillery was that at the hands of Elizabeth Cumming, who rebuilt the distillery in 1884 after the death of John Cumming in 1846. With Cardhu being sold in London by 1888, the distillery proudly proclaimed to be the only distillery of the Speyside region not affixing Glen to its name. In 1893, Elizabeth sold to John Walker & Sons, with the added condition that her son John would join the board, this move meaning that Cardhu created malt whisky that would one day become a substantial part of the Johnnie Walker Blends. Note: This is not currently available in the U.S.

  • age
    18 Year
  • abv
    40.0
  • Single Malt
    Distilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
  • Cask Type
    ex-bourbon

Tasting Notes

"Sugary, chocolate malts move off the nose of the glass, the wood beginning to show tartness with age. It pleasantly melts in with a mix of thick honey and small, sweet orchid fruits. The palate reflects this, with biscuity malts growing, and a start of raisins and Chocolate Wheatens (digestive biscuit). This whole blend is full and smooth with just enough oils to cover the mouth but unfortunately not rich enough to take proper advantage. The finish is long and thick with subtle honey and spices running smooth to the very end."

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Flavor Profile

Vanilla & Sweet