Cardhu 21 Year (2013 Special Release)
Cardhu // Speyside, Scotland
Released in 2013, this 21 year bottling from Cardhu is bottled at a cask-strength of 54.2% ABV. Cardhu, a derivation of the Gaelic meaning for “Black Rock”, is currently owned by Diageo who periodically will put out special releases such as this. 6000 bottles were available upon release, but the U.S., unfortunately, didn’t see any of them.
Single MaltDistilled 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.
"The nose is generous and floral with vanilla before turning towards spices. Quite soft for a cask strength, the ethanol lays beneath a bed of honey, oak and fruits; melon and grapefruit is joined by sweet canned fruits. The palate takes much the same route, the oak softening, turning to sherbet as lemon moves in and apple and pears taking a step forward. The finish is long, but not strong, and has a background taste of light ash and leather reminding you that this whisky is mature. "