Cadenhead

Review: Glen Grant 15 Years Old 1997 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Wm Cadenhead) by Jason Hambrey

ABV
46%
Aging
15 Years Ex-Bourbon
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glen Grant (Rothes, Scotland)

A distillery that may not be as well, but one of the largest single malt distilleries in Scotland. Here, not a distillery bottling but an independent bottling from Cadenhead.


Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A (924 Bottles)

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

Light and fruity, with lots of grape, vanilla, red wine must, almonds, and clove too. Prunes, sticky toffee pudding. The palate is light, with a solid grassy, spicy backbone and maintaining a light fruity character – grape, vanilla, pecans, Asian pear, and gooseberries. Ends in cinnamon and brown sugar and some mulled white wine. Light enough that even at 46% the alcohol content seems high. Not my favorite style of whisky – if you like clean, light, and fruity drams this one may be more to your liking than mine.

Value: Low, at $75.


Review: Miltonduff 1994 20 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Cadenhead) by Jason Hambrey

ABV
51.5%
Aging
20 Years Ex-Bourbon
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Miltonduff (Elgin, Scotland)

Another independent ex-bourbon Miltonduff, this time Cadenhead...


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A (366 bottles)

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2015

Grainy, apple seeds, and some light green and dusty character to it as well. Very pleasing, and the grain is just brilliant in it as in the other Miltonduff that I tasted. Green apple, pear, butter, quite creamy.

The palate is oily in a very pleasing way, with a light growing malt and apple and pear and peach character. The finish is oily and creamy, with the malt and very gentle spices in the mix. Some creamy bourbon on the end. The core isn’t quite as brilliant as the 18 year old, but this is still some pretty solid stuff. Dried peach, dried pineapple and passionfruit on the finish. A bit tangy, in a good way, too. Not as clear cut, either, as the 18. Nice stuff, though!

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $118.


Review: Ledaig 21 Year Old 1992 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (WM Cadenhead Small Batch) by Jason Hambrey

ABV
53.6%
Aging
21 Years
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Tobermory (Tobermory, Scotland)

An independent bottling of a small batch of 21 year old Ledaig barrels by Cadenhead, distilled in 1992.


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 2013

Lots of oak here! Also coconut and vanilla, and light corn husks (what? A bourbon cask?). And some very interesting, creamy, tropical fruit – mangosteen and guanabana. Quite bright. A bit farmyard-y as it sits out. Nutty, dense, and oaky. Light licorice as well. If you take careful time with this – you find a good bit of complexity, especially as wisps of smoke weave their way in and out.

The palate is full of malt, light vegetal notes (fennel frongs, celery leaf), with a good dose of fresh oak in the mix as well. The tropical notes continue on as well. Not a whole lot of peat or smoke to be found when it is watered down, if not for a touch of ash on the creamy, tropical finish. At full strength, the vegetal, sooty, peat comes through toward the end – it is, in fact, a source of great intrique and complexity. I love the subtle, creamy, tropical notes.

The finish has oak, vanilla, and holds lots of oaky spices. And a touch of sooty peat. The tropical nature continues. And some wood tannins. At first, I thought this lacked good integration and complexity – but as I have taken more time with it my opinion has changed, although it is still quite subtle.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $168.


Review: Cadenhead's World of Whiskies Potter's Distilling Co. 24 Year Old by Jason Hambrey

This whisky was matured in a bourbon barrel and is a fine example of some solid old Canadian corn whisky, as we’ve seen in Highwood products. This whisky was from a single cask, aged 24 years, purchased originally from the Potter’s Whisky Broker. The bottle comes in at cask strength and was released in February of 2014 – only 126 bottles were released.

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