Glencadam 21 Year

Single Malt

Glencadam // Highlands, Scotland

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    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose: Initially the nose is generic tropical fruits and honey, however this is misleading and with time it transmutes into a much more complex and complete experience. First an aroma becomes apparent of pineapple chunks sautéed in orange juice, lemongrass and bouquet garni. Then a more grassy and hay-like note arises and a flinty, mineral-laden zephyr gusts on the horizon. An exquisitely refreshing nose. Palate: Just as singular as the nose, the palate opens with a spicy-sweet and briskly oaked presence which in turn gives way to wavelets of sweet malt that rise above a vegetal foundation. The development brings forth semi-sweet orange concentrate, fenugreek, allspice, licorice and a little ginger. The texture is neutral at first, turning slightly oily in the finish. Finish: Medium/long. Malty, earthy, herbal and fruity. The aftertaste is suddenly milk chocolate! When first poured this whisky is a little difficult and unfriendly. It needs to rest for at least 15 minutes or more before it begins to open but once that starts to happen the profile becomes easier and more inviting. At its heart there is a vegetal, earthy and herbal quality but this is balanced by the lightest touch of sweet fruit, floral fragrance and malt. Not that these notes are obvious - they act only as counterpoints to the main theme. It's a malt that unfolds in layers and continues to develop over time (as all great malts do) as the components interact. The addition of water initially kills the nose and palate but give it a few minutes and the whisky revives beautifully. The reward is greater complexity and more cohesion. It's excellent taken either neat or watered and I'd suggest pouring two drams and adding a few drops of water to one of them - then you can enjoy a delightful evening of comparative tasting. This is a complex and refined whisky that deserves to be tasted at leisure and in sympathetic surroundings. It is presented at only 46% but has the profile and character of a single-cask CS expression. "Excellent" : 4.5 stars
    220.0 AUD per Bottle
  2. bourboner

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    Light and woody. Tastes younger than it is.
  3. brendos12

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
  4. Beth-Sips

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Honey wheat on the nose. Honey with harvest grains on the palate. Crisp apple aroma with smooth vanilla on the tongue. Very smooth.
  5. Jordan-Hawker

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  6. funkymermaid

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    smooth, peppery, pumpkin spice scotch, honey comb in front red hots in the back
  7. funkymermaid

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  8. hkdohl

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Vanilla, Nuts, Oak Taste - Vanilla, Sherry, Nuts, Oily
  9. rmcintosh

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
  10. AlanShearer

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
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