Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Red wine
Added coloring: No
Average price: € 150.00
Official website: www.malts.com
On a hill of blackened rock once grew a mysterious tree with scarlet flowers of irresistible charm, whose sweet aroma of honey and spice was so alluring that it transformed the dark hillside into lush abundance. Where the crimson petals fell, a distillery took root, and the bewitching scent filled the air, infusing Cardhu with its distinctly enchanting character. Or so narrates one of the Legends Untold in this Special Release.
Aged in ex-Bourbon with red wine finishing, cask strength and no alteration for a distillery placed a bit in the back of Diageo’s immense portfolio, which returns to Special Releases after the versions of the previous two years, some time after the first ones of 2005 and 2013.
Flowers and fruit emerge from the glass to caress the nostrils, with a thick blanket of malt wrapped in freshly cut grass accompanied by linden, green apple, pineapple, banana, vanilla, honey. Gooseberry and wild strawberry vein the aromas, which at length reveal a faint trace of propolis. Fresh.
A pleasant pepperiness welcomes the palate that reaffirms its herbaceous nature, even more pronounced, with notes of unripe fruit (apple, especially) that intertwine with malt and almond with impressions of grapefruit, pine nuts and a vague hint of vanilla. Astringency seems to be the only note offered by wine aging.
Finish not very long and dry, of almond, veins of anise, malt, apple.
A not exalting but pleasing bouquet is not supported by the palate, which turns out to be pretty flat and not very interesting, reiterating the impressions I have found so far in the (few) expressions I tried of Cardhu.
Reviews of Cardhu whisky in the blog:
Cardhu 11yo Special Release 2020
Cardhu Gold Reserve Game of Thrones – House Targaryen