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Cadenhead's Glencadam Distillery Highlands Region Independent Bottlers Scotland Whisky from 200 euros and over

Cadenhead’s Glencadam 26yo

Review of a 1985 vintage from the Highlands.

Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 55.3%ABV
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon barrel
Chillfiltered: No
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 370.00
Official website: www.cadenhead.scot
Vote: 87/100

Glencadam is one of those distilleries that produce a very high quality, solid whisky but which doesn’t enjoy a great reputation among enthusiasts, probably because they have never invested much in marketing, preferring to let the products speak for themselves.
And thanks to Cadenhead’s, I have the opportunity to taste a real gem, from Glencadam’s past, well before the new Angus Dundee ownership, thus presenting the ‘original’ profile of their whisky.
Distilled in 1989 and poured into 180 cask strength bottles from a single cask in 2015, a twenty-six year old as always in its natural state and still available, albeit at a less than popular price.

Tasting notes

The nose has a lively fruity profile, tropical fruit (coconut, maracuja, pineapple) arm in arm with melon, peach and apricot with a hint of white pepper and lemon zest. Over time it becomes softer, with vanilla cream and a slight waxy note, and the wood spices are accentuated. Caressing.
In the mouth, the fruity profile becomes drier, more angular, with pepper and ginger on notes of tobacco and cocoa powder with dashes of nuts (almond, walnut). Of the fruit, apple and pineapple stand out, again with a hint of lemon and a salty note along the length. Compact and serious.
The finish is quite long, dry, with nuts, cocoa, citrus notes and tobacco.

The years have made this whisky more rigid and austere, unaccustomed to strong or messy emotions, but of great elegance. Thanks to the alcohol content, which isn’t at all noticeable, and that final hint of salinity, it pushes to fill the glass without tiring, in a subdued but effective seduction.

Reviews of Glencadam whisky in the blog:
Glencadam 10yo
Glencadam 13yo
Glencadam 15yo
SMWS: April 2021 Outturn

Reviews of Cadenhead’s whisky in the blog

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