Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Angus Dundee plc
Average price: € 43.00
Official website: www.glencadamwhisky.com
Liquor merchant George Cooper founded the distillery in 1825 in Brechin, in the southern Highlands, an area once rich in distilleries that were later mowed down by the crisis, leaving only Glencadam and Fettercairn.
The distillery changed hands several times, with the new owners, the Scott family, renting the structure to third parties from 1827 until 1891, when Gilmour, Thompson & Company Limited took over to use the distillate in its Royal Blend.
Further sales in 1954 to Canadian Hiram Walker, who two years later were acquired by George Ballantine & Son, who later passed control of the distillery to subsidiary Allied Domecq.
In 1999 Angus Dundee toyed with the idea of acquiring Glencadam, but chose the larger Tomintoul, and the owners were left with no choice but to shut down production the following year.
On 1 June 2003 Angus Dundee went back to their decision and acquired the distillery, which then became part of their very large portfolio.
The first bottling under the new ownership, the 15-year (soon to be featured on these pages), was launched in 2005, and saw a total makeover just four years later, being joined by this 10-year.
The range has expanded over time, with a number of respectable ages and NAS.
Thanks to Erin McNally and Mats Nilsson of Angus Dundee for the kind bottle.
Straw yellow in the glass.
Apples and walnuts are the first to slip through the nostrils, on the wave of a fresh, herbaceous aroma profile, with a splash of lemon on honey, vanilla, marzipan, peaches and apricots. Very classic and gentle despite the not inconsiderable alcohol content.
On the palate appear the cereals, with a slight undertone of yeast, mixed with a pinch of ginger, vanilla, hazelnuts, green apple and wood. Creamy and more decisive than on the nose, it even shows a certain arrogance of youth.
Medium finish of hazelnuts, cereals, green apple and wood.
The classic example of how much the alcohol content can make a difference: tamed to 40% it would probably have been anonymous, while the distillery’s choice proves successful in leaving a little punch to a profile that is neither amazing nor profound but solid and effective.
I wish they all followed the same path…