Glencadam Distillery Bottlings Tasting Notes

Posted: August 26, 2011 in Glencadam, Scotch Whisky A-G

Glencadam Origin 1825 40%

Tasted: Apr 2016

Fresh barley aromas with hints gooseberry, white fruit and lime. Young and exuberant but the nose fleshes out as the honey, creamy oak and lightly tropical fruit appears.

Fresh an barley’d with lightly tropical, fleshy apricot an banana, along with zippy lime and hints of creamy oak. Slightly grassy, mineral and citric on the middle. Lovely, fresh finish with lingering creamy oak with lingering green citrus fruit.

Glencadam Origin 1825 40%

Re- Tasted: Oct 2016

Gristy and barley’d aromas with fleshy apricot, banana and vanilla. Pleasantly spiced with hints of lime and tropical fruit.

The palate is fresh, barley’d and slightly gristy with plenty of tropical banana, apricot and melon. Gently spiced and mineral with some generous vanilla oak. Long, citric finish.

Glencadam Origin 1825 40%

Re- Tasted: Feb 2017

Crisp, fresh and quite honeyed on the nose with a good degree of sub-tropical fruit. Rather Spey-like in character with grass, citrus and fragrant barley.

Soft and full on the palate. It displays more oak than I remember, but the grass, barley and fruit – apricot, banana and pineapple is dominated. Lightly coffee’d middle with a touch of citrus emerging. Long and remaining citric with lingering vanilla and barley.

Glencadam 10 year old 46%

Tasted: Nov 2008

A very tropical nose. Peach, banana, orange, kiwi and crisp Sauvignon Blanc-esque fruit burst from the glass. Wonderful! Underneath is a lovely layer of barley cut through with a lovely honeyed note and a touch of earth. Over time the perfume really starts to build – It’s a veritable fruit bomb!

The palate is a tad less exuberant than the nose, displaying a greater degree of malt and barley, the fruit hovers nicely in the background. Good length and piquancy with slightly oily, soft spices on the finish. Definitely worth it for the nose alone.

Glencadam 10 year old 46%

Re-Tasted: Feb 2014

A fresh and citrusy nose with a lovely depth of fragrant barley, sub-tropical apricot, pineapple, banana and perfumed white fruit. The fruit sweetness is balanced superbly by the fresh grassy notes.

The palate is soft, generous and fruity – apricot, pineapple, banana and fleshy white fruit. Lightly grassy with a touch of dry spice on the middle. Lovely, long crisp finish with lingering white fruit and summer barley.

Glencadam 10 year old 46%

Re-Tasted: Aug 2014

The nose displays less tropical fruit than previous but more herbal barley. However the fruit is still there in a light honeyed/ perfumed form. Hints of peach, pear, tangerine and pineapple emerge along with some creamy oak and sweet spice.

The palate is like the nose, opening with a touch of digestive biscuit, mash tun notes, barley and lightly oiled tropical pineapple, peach, apricot and orange. Some lovely honeyed notes come through on the middle as does a touch of creamy oak. Long, slightly grassy and citrusy finish. It’s still one of my favourite 10 year olds!

Glencadam 12 year old ‘Port Finish’ 46%

Tasted: Aug 2011

I would assume that this has seen 1 to 2 years finishing as the winey port notes really subdues the tropical character. There are some pleasant earthy/ manure notes from the finishing cask and a lovely orange aroma tries to emerge, but one has to wonder why such a beautiful malt needed this?

The palate is soft and simple, again the finishing cask has removed any complexity and has left the middle somewhat hollow, although it is not overtly tannic, the oak grips and dries the palate, thus like the sherry finish it has a non-existent finish.

Glencadam Limited Edition 13 year old 46%

This 13 years old limited edition is from the re-start of distillation in the autumn of 2003, after the distillery fell silent in 2000

Dist: 2003 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Aug 2017

An aromatic and estery (pineapple, banana and melon) nose with subtle tropical fruit notes, along with hints of white fruit, straw, American oak and subtle spice. Lovely depth and intensity with late notes of grass and minerals.

The palate is full and barley’d. Again estery and slightly tropical, with apricot, banana and melon. Pleasantly juicy middle with hints of oak, straw and spice. Long and mineral with a mouth-watering citric finish, balanced by the oak.

Glencadam 14 year old ‘Oloroso Sherry Finish’ 46%

Tasted: Aug 2011

Obviously this has been given a relatively short (6 months?) finishing as the sherry aromas are quite delicate and they blend well with the rich, tropical fruit adding a very pleasant demerara sugar coating. Very polished with hints of earth, liquorice, honey and perfumed Satsuma.

The palate is full and soft; however the finishing has muted the usually exuberant tropical character. In fact it’s all a bit simple with quite a tart citrus and mineral middle. The finish is a bit non-existant but quite mouth watering.

Glencadam 15 year old 46%

Tasted: Nov 2008

The aromas are a lot heavier than the 10. There’s more caramel, vanilla, lazy spices and toffee notes. The wonderful tropical fruit of the 10 has been lost beneath the hobnail boot of the oak. Yes there’s some pleasant malt and barley but it lacks the vibrancy of the 10. The palate is very much like the nose. Oak dominated and to be honest a bit flat. Quiet a disappointment after the 10.

Glencadam 15 year old 46%

Tasted: Nov 2010

The last time I tasted this I wasn’t impressed. The wonderful tropical fruit of the 10 year old had been lost beneath the hobnail boot of the oak. And this bottling follows a similar path but the luscious tropical apricot, banana and honeydew melon stands up this time to the sawdusty oak.

The balance on the palate is also considerably better opening with the tropical fruits before the creamy oak lazily wanders in abetted by some lovely honeyed/ malty moments.

Glencadam 15 year old 46%

Re-Tasted: Aug 2014

The nose is sharper and more focused than the 10 year old with crisp barley and sawdusty oak. Brimming with green fruit – lime, kiwi and avocado. Lightly honeyed with a touch of herbal barley. The oak develops a lovely, creamy, light toffee sheen and with time a slight perfumed note becomes evident.

The palate is robust yet elegant, opening with crisp, taught barley and lightly coffee’d oak. The oak becomes a little sawdusty on the middle and a touch of spice emerges. Very intense, mouth-wateringly citrus finish with hints of mature barley, vanilla and light, drying, chocolaty tannins. Gorgeous stuff!

Glencadam 18 year old 46%

Tasted: Oct 2016

Nose: Crisp and lightly estery with pineapple, apricot and a touch of barley. With time it develops baked apple tart and vanilla notes.

Palate: Shows more barley and oak with marzipan and toffee. Again a touch of baked apple appears and a smidgen of citrus on the middle.

Finish: Good crisp finish with lingering marzipan and soft spice.

Conclusion: A pleasant, unpretentious and straightforward Highland malt.

Glencadam 19 year old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish 46%

Tasted: Mar 2016

Nose: A Gorgeously tropical fruit monster – guava, papaya, melon, pear, banana, apricot, peach and lime. Beautifully mature and endlessly deep with hints of acacia honey, minerals and dusty oak.

Palate: Opens with a little more minerality, citrus and barley but the mature tropical fruit is still there, if a little subdued. Very citric and mineral on the middle but the creamy oak smooths the edges. Absolutely majestic!

Finish: Continues quite citric and minerally with the echo of the tropical fruit lingering along with some toasty oak.

Conclusion: It’s whisky like this that makes tasting an absolute pleasure.

Glencadam 19 year old Oloroso Finish 46%

13 year in Bourbon/ 6 years in Oloroso

Re-Tasted: Apr 2016

A lovely, luscious and mature nose with oodles of tropical apricot, pear, melon, guava, passion fruit, lime and greengage. The nose displays more sherry notes than the last time I tasted it, but they are subtle and in the background. Gorgeously dusty American oak mingles with hints of banana, liquorice, malt, butter and acacia.

The palate is soft, very fruity and very juicy with more noticeable sherried dried fruit and spice. Hints of honey, liquorice, angelica and tropical fruit follow along with a touch of bitter dark chocolate. Mouth-watering, citrus and mineral finish with lingering almost chilli spice. A superb blend of vibrancy and maturity.

Glencadam 21 year old 46%

Bourbon/ Tasted: Aug 2011

A seriously deep and gorgeous nose of mature tropical fruit – guava, kiwi, apricot, mandarin and a touch of pineapple and pure honeycomb. Some cereal and edgy citrus balance the mature honey and sawdusty oak, which with time becomes slightly buttery.

The palate is super smooth and decadently honeyed. Gentle, mature, macerated tropical fruit fills the mouth. Not as perfumed as the nose but wonderfully dense. This density is balanced superbly by the crisp, granity citrus and alcohol. Lovely length with some malty cereal, white licourice and light coffee wood notes and tannins coming through on the finish. Quite a herbal aftertaste too!

Glencadam 25 year old 46%

Tasted: Apr 2016

A Stunning nose. Succulent aromas of tropical honeydew melon, pear, guava and apricot mingle with gorgeously, mature and dusty American oak. Light and elegant and magnificently honeyed with hints of perfumed orange blossom honey and mature coffee’d oak spices.

The palate is a little drier and not quite as tropical, but it’s still fabulously fruity and juicy with more barley character. Hints of white chocolate, pepper and thick set honey come through on the middle along with a touch of lime and gooseberry. Incredibly deep and succulent with the tropical fruit an dusty oak lingering.

Glencadam 25 year old 46%

Re- Tasted: Feb 2017

A beautiful nose of mature, sawdusty American oak with hints of orange blossom honey, mature apricot, apple, barley and melon. A delicious thread of succulent lime runs through it, adding balance. Deep and slightly tropical with late gooseberry, honeysuckle, baked fruit and coffee’d spice.

The palate is a shade drier and shows more of the dusty, mature oak and subtle coffee. Still it’s pretty juicy, tropical and honeyed on the middle with the balancing citrus note evident. It’s quite granitey as well. Lovely mineral/ citrus/ honey combination. Very long with a light marzipan and grippy spice finish.

Glencadam 1978 (32 year old) 46%

Sherry Cask 2332/Dist: 1978 Btl: Sept 2010/Tasted: Jan 2012

I would hazard a guess that this was a Manzanilla Butt as it has all the classic Manzanilla notes of salty green nuts and leafy notes. Fresh and intense it definitely doesn’t seem like its 32 years old, in fact if I was nosing this blind I would be hard pushed to pick the age of it. Some lovely, dusty spices linger at the edges and a slightly sweet honey note appears. Finally a touch of tropical, green fruit puts in a fleeting appearance. Given some more time in the glass a touch of smoke and dried fruit materializes and now it begins to show its age! A faultless and stunning nose!

The palate opens with a slightly dry and woody demeanour, followed by subtly sweet, sherry infused apricot and sultana, which gently builds along with hints of dark treacle. Gorgeously spicy on the middle, but the rather piquant alcohol kicks it in the nuts (so to speak) and calls time on any further evolution (which is a real shame). As the treacly sweetness fades the oak bitters out the finish, leaving a woody, bitter chocolate after taste.

I did try adding a drop of water to see if mitigating some of the alcohol would give it some length, and although it allowed some Armagnac-esque dried fruit to show it didn’t add anything to the length. So in conclusion a lovely malt, but given it would retail for around £225 I would need more complexity to make it a must buy.

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