Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Angus Dundee plc
Average price: € 65.00
Official website: www.glencadamwhisky.com
Dealing with the 10 year old, I have already had the occasion to talk about Glencadam and its recent ‘rebirth’, thanks to the resourcefulness of Angus Dundee.
This thirteen year old represents the first bottling made from the distillate produced right from the reopening in 2003, launched in two limited editions: in 2017 and 2018, respectively in 6,000 and 5,994 bottles, both with the name Re-Awakening and distinguished in Batch 1 and Batch 2.
In fact, it was the first whisky to be created entirely under the new management: this may mean everything as well as nothing, but it’s certainly no small calling card for a distillery that wants to regain a place in the hearts of enthusiasts.
Straw yellow in the glass.
The nose is very fresh, lemony with a touch of menthol and balsamic, evolving delicately into nuances of vanilla, honey, nuts (almonds and pistachios) and yellow fruits (apricots, Golden apples). It also has the soul of a baked product, like a glazed brioche, sugary but not cloying. Very classic and nuanced profile, very well balanced.
The brioche juice is even more evident on the palate, with almond paste and honey, appearing sharper thanks to the alcohol content which stirs the spirits and pushes a pleasant hint of ginger to the bottom. Fruit is always the protagonist in the declination of apples, apricots and pineapple juice, which are mixed in a soft and oily distillate with a slight dry streak of wood.
The finish is of medium length, with apples, almonds, sugar icing, malt and a hint of ginger.
This is a textbook whisky, with all the components of the distillate as it ages, but without being boring or academic. On the contrary, it has an enviable balance and even offers a few touches, going well beyond the simple, well-made task.
The Scotch Noob