Cardhu Distillery – previously called Cardow – must be one of the best located distilleries in Speyside. High on the hills on the north side of the Spey Valley with extensive views to the south, it is also the home of Johnnie Walker, the number one blended Scotch whisky in the world. The malt itself - which is presented in an elegant decanter with a beechwood stopper - is pretty typical of a Speyside malt. It is highly approachable - smooth, sweet, mellow and uncomplicated and has good body and length.
“Just about the cleanest, most uncluttered, pure, sweet malt you will ever find.” Jim Murray, Whisky Bible 2008.
Spirity nose with sweet apple blossom and heathery aromas. Well-balanced palate with a warming, dryish finish. STRENGTH 40% ABV
TASTING NOTES: Cardhu 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
APPEARANCE - Golden honey.
NOSE - At full strength, heady, nose prickle, pear drops and tightly integrated heather, resin and sweet honey-nut notes. Enticing. Intriguing. With a little water, still harmonious but less pronounced, allowing some malt-cereal, soft, spicy wood, moorland and faint traces of wood-smoke to appear.
BODY - Soft, pleasing, medium.
PALATE - Palate Well balanced, smooth mouthfeel; short punch, sweet and fresh, then a pronounced drying effect. Enjoyable at any time, with little or no water.
FINISH - Quite short. Some lingering sweet smoke in the attractive, drying aftertaste.