Review: Cardhu 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

15 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Cardhu (Knockando,Scotland)

You don't see many Cardhu whiskies, largely because it is part of Diageo's portfolio and feeds the massive Johnnie Walker line of blended whiskies. I first heard about Cardhu when Scotch whisky lovers were trying to explain Glen Breton's taste profile.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

The nose has dense raisin, sharp mineral aromas – like marble, and still quite light and effervescent. White grape, and the lightest agave aromas that are somewhat reminiscent of lighter, clean tequilas. Brown sugar. Cherry pits and kirsch too. The mouthfeel is quite nice, alongside a lot of raisin, brown sugar, fresh tomato, and caramel. Remarkably clean and sharp. And easy. Definitely on the lighter bodied side of things. A light finish, with more tannin than flavor, it would seem – we still have a bit of wood and very clean malt. It’s very clean, entirely un-offensive, but just not that interesting…

Value: Low, at $100.