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Cardhu 12 year old

This was actually the first distillery we visited when we moved to Scotland in 2009, however they could not take us on a tour for over an hour so we went to Glenfiddich instead and the rest is history.  I never went back to Cardhu and it has taken a long time to actually get round to tasting this expression so I was very happy to find it in my mini bar during a recent business trip to Spain.  I was even happier when I drank it, and yet happier still when the next morning another botttle appeared in my mini bar like a gift from the tooth fairy.  Apparently it is a very popular Scotch in Spain.  The nose is honey sweet, malty grains, lemon and some oak.  The taste is quite smooth, not hot, but a little oaky.  Behind the oak is some more lemon and herbal, even piney, note.  The oak also carries into the finish along with some honey.  With water the taste gets a little sweeter and I also found a nice chocolate note and the finish gets a little peppery and the wood turns smokey (not peat... just woodsmoke) .  Because of the wood and pepper I think this one stands up well to water (and I suspect ice) and perhaps that is reason for its popularity in the hotter Spainish climate where I guess locals drinks with water and ice? 

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Nope

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