Archive for the ‘Glencadam’ Category

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glencadam 2011 (6 year old) 46%

Bourbon Barrel/ Dist: 2011 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A full and densely fruity nose with white peach, apple, apricot, pineapple, tangerine and a touch of new world Sauvignon Blanc. With time an almost hoppy cereal note appears along with some gentle toasty oak. A lovely, exuberant and invigorating nose.

The palate shows a touch more toasty oak but there’s still plenty of white fruit and Sauvignon Blanc-esque notes. Fills out well on the middle as the barley and oak come through. Subtly spiced and citric finish with lingering sweet fruit, barley and citrus. Very enjoyable.


Edition Spirits Glencadam 1996 (19 year old) 52%

Bourbon/ Code: EDI0186/ Dist: Nov 1996 Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

Full and vanilla’d aromas, but also a little gristy with grass, straw and ripe, slightly baked fruit. A good dollop of malt comes through with time as does some hints of gooseberry and greengage.

The palate mirrors the nose, in that it’s full and vanilla’d with plenty sugar coated fleshy fruit, straw and malt. Hints of dark chocolate and baked fruit on the middle. Long a lovely intensity of malt and dark chocolate, plus a touch of bitter almond.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glencadam 1998 (14 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2255/ Dist: Dec 1998 Btl: Apr 2013/ Tasted: May 2013

Lightly floral aromas with some straw like barley and hints of earthy refill-sherry spices. However the rather pungent alcohol is masking the nose.

The palate opens with some lightly buttered oak and very subtle sherry notes along with sweet barley and earthy apricot. Pleasantly spicy on the middle but the finish is a little hot and spirity but the sweet barley note lingers.

I don’t normally add water to 50% bottlings but as it was very prevalent I thought I might see what happened. The nose became a lot lighter and Spey like with a touch of grass and pepper. The palate on the other hand became very oak dominated – buttery caramel and toffee. Still pleasantly spicy but rather short now.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glencadam 1995 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2356/ Dist: Nov 1995 Btl: Feb 2014/ Tasted: Mar 2014

A beautifully moist nose of satsuma and orange along with hints of sweet honey and nippy, peppery spices. The oak is both sawdusty and slightly buttery and fills out but not overwhelms the nose.

The palate has loads of sweet toffee, that real, candied, creamy Werthers Original style toffee. So, unfortunately the palate doesn’t quite have the balance that the nose suggests and all that oak overpowers the citrus notes. They do eventually struggle through on the finish, but its oak city!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glencadam 1996 (19 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2585/ Dist: Nov 1996 Btl: Aug 2016?/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Damp straw-like and old balsamic aromas punctuated by hints of gooseberry, apricot and pepper. Slightly industrial and a little hard going.

The palate opens with some milky oak, thus making it softer than you would have expected from the nose. Still slightly industrial with hard barley and an echo of juicy, sub-tropical fruit. Short-ish with noticeable alcohol and hints of straw and vanilla.


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glencadam 2004 (10 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0023/ Dist: May 2004 Btl: May 2014/ Tasted: June 2014

A high toned and youthful nose of grass, pineapple chunks and barley. Some sweet, duty and perfumed barley emerges along with some toasted caramel.

The palate displays more caramel which does dampen to be honest. There are hints of apricot, Satsuma and grass. A little short with a touch of sweet barley in the finish. Not quiet as exuberant as the nose.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glencadam 1998 (18 year old) 48.4%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OL|D0391/ DL11474

Dist: May 1998 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Jan 2017

Aromas of clotted cream, violets, heather and mountains of deliciously creamy oak and barley. Hints gooseberry and lime adds a freshness and allows a little tropical fruit to emerge. That’s a seriously gorgeous nose.

The palate is full and vanilla’d with an exuberant depth of tropical fruit, barley and sweet oak. Very deep with developing citrus and barley notes. Good, lightly oiled finish. Maybe not hugely complex but it’s a delightful dram nevertheless.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glencadam 1990 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2156/ Dist: Oct 1990 Btl: Apr 2012/ Tasted: Apr 2012

Slightly spirity and tightly wound with some alcoholic orange. Slightly waxy with hints of cinnamon and turmeric. With time the nose does eventually settle down and become more perfumed. Slightly creamy, mature oak with hints of thyme and mint.

The palate opens with some gentle orange fruit, spice and grippy oak. It feels very old (a bit cardboardy) with some dried grapefruit juice, pear and light, old barley. Good length but the oak really bites and I feel that this cask’s best days were behind it.

Berry Brothers Glencadam 1990 (21 year old) 56.6%

Bourbon Cask 5982/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: Mar 2012

Quite a woody, maturing nose of perfumed orange. Slightly balsamic but quite spirity and alcoholic. There’s a touch of creamy oak along with some stewed apple and mint. 

The palate opens with the creamy/lactose oak followed by buttered fruit, orange and gentle spices. Like the nose it is quite woody with some mouth puckering alcohol on the middle. The oak returns on the finish. Personally I think this would have been better bottled about 5 years ago as the oak has gone over the top. 

A drop of water really opens the nose. Some orange fruit emerges with pollen like honey as the oak retreats. More spirit character now with some lovely granulated sugar moments along with toffee-apple and cinnamon. The palate has become a tad watery, but the oak is still in charge. Like on the nose there are some gently sugary bits and the spirit tries to battle against the oak with a hint of orange blossom but it’s destined to loose that.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glencadam 2004 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0971/ Dist: Apr 2004 Btl: Mar 2013/ Tasted: Apr 2013

Quite a voluptuous nose of honeyed orange and barley with hints of castor, citrus and a touch of oak. Very summery with a late warm spice note and a touch of grass. 

The palate is sweet and sugared with honey, barley, fleshy banana and white fruit along with some fudgy oak and a pure vanilla’d middle. A thread of lime runs through and balances the sweetness. Lovely depth and length with a long, honeyed finish.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glencadam 1998 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0738/ Dist Dec 1998 Btl: Nov 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

Quite a full nose with an almost re-fill sherry sweetness. Slightly gristy with some dried fruit , liquorice and caramel oak. With time the aromas become quite herbaceous reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc. 

The palate opens with candied, spiced citrus fruit along with a hint of dried fruit, granite and herbs. Not as overtly fruity as some bottlings but pleasant enough although the oak probably bites a bit too hard and bitters out the finish, although in saying that it does impart a serious  level of spice, so all in all, not too bad.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glencadam 1998 (14 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0992/ Dist: Dec 1998 Btl: May 2013/ Tasted: June 2013

A dusty, straw-like nose with hints of white fruit and tangerine. The oak seems quite mature even though its influence is quite light. Lightly spiced with a herbal intimation. With time the natural oils become more pronounced. 

The palate is light and herbal. Slightly grassy with some spritzy white fruit. Good intensity, if a little hot with hints of spice and drying oak. Good finish with a touch of barley and straw.

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Glencadam 1974 (23 year old) 40%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1974 Btl: 1997/ Tasted: Apr 2004

Aromas of creamy oak and orange, with some oak and distinct tangerine notes. Light, smooth and sweetish on the palate, with some traces of tangerine/ orange, a touch of spice and subtle bourbon oak on the finish.

Gordon & MacPhails ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ Glencadam 1990 (20 year old) 43%

First Fill Bourbon/ Dist: 1990 Btl: June 2010/ Tasted: June 2011

A superb, deep and malty nose. A lovely melange of blood orange, tropical fruit, grippy oak – although the vanillins are very soft. The oak does start to dominate the proceedings but it has a gorgeous sawdusty edge. In saying that the oak is balanced by some deft citrus and grassy notes. It’s not quite as voluptuously tropical as the distillery bottlings but this bottling is still exceptionally good.

A lovely, soft barley entry, joined by some slightly toasted oak but the demarara sprinkled barley keeps the balance adroitly. A full on, mouth wateringly fruity middle, subtly tropical and subtly honeyed. A beautifully elegant palate and a gentle spicy finish.

Dewar Rattray Glencadam 1990 (16 year old) 59.7%

Bourbon Cask 5980/ Dist: Oct 1990 Btl: June 2007/ Tasted: Aug 2007

Quite oily aromas with a whiff of diesel and smoke. Extremely fresh with tangerine and orange citrus fruit, candy, earth and a floral top note. On the palate it is soft and oily opening with a touch of smoke followed by oily vanilla, orange and a touch of salt. Finishes dry with alcohol dominating.

A drop of water softens the nose and brings out a leafy/ bark note and emphasizes the creaminess and floral character. Again it is more creamy on the palate. Very smooth with a lovely background of smoke and a touch of peat. Delightfully soft and fruity with a lovely length and a dry finish.

Dewar Rattray Glencadam 1990 (17 year old) 59.1%

Bourbon Cask 5981/ Dist; 1990 Btl: 2007/ Tasted: May 2008

It seems to initially have quiet a dense nose with perfumed, mature orange, barley and malt notes along with a touch of spice. However it’s really shy and the aromas take a lot of swirling and coaxing out.

The palate is quiet soft and slightly oily, showing earthy orange fruit, citrus and a touch of straw/ grass. The intensity builds nicely through out finishing with a lovely sherberty sweet/ spicy finish.

A drop of water subdues an already shy nose and brings out a waxy, lanolin note. On the palate it emphasises the sherberty character as well as the grass/ straw note. It’s pleasant, certainly not bad, with good fruit, but at the end of the day it’s a touch evanescent.

Dewar Rattray Glencadam 1990 (20 year old) 58.1%

Bourbon Cask 5987/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: Feb 2011

A crisp and intense nose of lemon and lime fruit liberally sprinkled with icing sugar. Stunningly fresh for its age with hints of grass and undertones of pineapple, banana and ultra clean creamy oak. I don’t think I’ve come across a Glencadam that is this fresh and edgy although with time it does start to show its age with a touch of delightfully mature honey.

The palate is awash with the trade mark distillery tropical fruit character. Some lazy spice and alcohol drift in but the gentle honey just glides down the throat. This is superb. Crisp barley and some citrus fruit balances and it shows just a hint of grassiness. Very long with the pineapple and banana returning. Awesome!

Water freshens the nose up even more and there is more mature honey evident now along with more brittle barley. The palate is softer and grassier now and as the honey and oak retreats it allows the edgy barley room to shine. Quite sherberty now and less full and the botanical heavy finish does seem to give the impression that this cask has been bottles in the nick of time. Once again I would opt to drink this neat.

Dewar Rattray Glencadam 1990 (23 year old) 55.1%

Bourbon Cask 5989/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2014/ Tasted: Jan 2014

A lovely nose of dusty, earthy spices which mingle with the mature orange/ tangerine, followed by hints of toast, herbs and decaying rose petals. Then, almost out of nowhere comes a blast of granulated sugar coated sub-tropical pineapple, kiwi and light, citrus infused honey. Wow! This is beautiful! 

The palate is full and lightly tropical with tinned pineapple, baked cinnamon sprinkled apple and apricot along with hints of straw, malt, liquorice and coffee. It really thickens towards the middle, displaying malt so thick you could cut it with a knife! Bold, mature, very long and very juicy. The coffee notes have infused the orange and liberally coat the mouth and linger. In conclusion this is a beautifully mature malt with just the right amount of alcohol to add a balancing freshness. However the oak does eventually dry the after-taste.

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.