Cardhu Gold Reserve

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Selection
Oak Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Sep 2017 12:33 pm by Logiman

Average value

€ 31.42

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Whisky Reviews for Cardhu Gold Reserve

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.38 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    Thanks to karloff for the sample.
    I find both the 12 and the 15 to be good whisky for it's price, so it will be interesting to see what this can deliver.
    Especially since it's around £5 more than the 12YO.
    I happen to have an open bottle of 12YO, so I poured me a glass for a H2H.
    Is the £5 extra just for the "Gold" on the label, or is it for the E150. Because this is at least 3 shades darker than the 12YO.
    Let's get ahead of the action and go straight to judgement:
    I scored the 12YO 80/75/77, the Gold is the winner here with 78/82/80.
    7 points difference on taste... that's worth a £5 extra.
    • Nose
      78 78
      On the nose they are very similar.
      Both are sweet and fruity, lots of banana and honey.
      The ABV is the same, still the 12YO is fresher and more expressive.
      The Gold has some icing sugar that I can't detect in the 12.
      In a blind tasting I would have guessed the Gold to be the older one, it is a little "darker". More wood?
      Still I like the fresh nose of the 12 better.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet, caramel, honey, some fruit.
      The "darker" side of the nose comes through in the taste.
      A follow up of the 12YO feels much thinner.
      The composition is close to the same, but the Gold has that little extra, it just tastes more, actually well and true £5 more.
    • Finish
      80 80
      In the finish as well, the Gold shines.
      It's richer, spicier, and lasts significantly longer.

  2. neekoid scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    I could drink boat-loads of this stuff! It's a good "utility" whisky that fits my flavour profile well. Nice fruity nose with a hint of sweetness, and taste to match.

  3. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a simple, solid malt
    so easydrinking
    the banana in nose and palate are great
    • Nose
      Beautiful banana becomes more, nutty, floral, shampoo, light wood, vanilla
      later mushrooms or earthy, sweet
    • Taste
      light and silky on the palate
      Caramel is more, malt, slightly spicy, slightly browned banana, nutty, some wood, cereals / cereals
    • Finish
      medium long
      Oak, bitter

  4. YD84 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  5. YD84 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  6. karloff scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    This is actually quite good for a Nas and it's cheap as chips. I think I'm still on one hand with the amount of decent nas out there. This was a gift and if I got it again I would be happy.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Lots of fruit but it's quite faint in a nice way. Right on the top is very ripe banana and it's pretty dominant. There is also lots of honey and white bread.
      Fruit bubblegum and maybe a little bit of freshly cut grass.
      Overall it is quite pleasant.
    • Taste
      84 84
      This is quite smooth, not thin, but smooth and goes down very easily. You watch those old westerns where the cowboy grabs a bottle and starts drinking it like juice and you think impossible, well I think you could actually do it with this. More banana and honey and just a pinch of spice.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short to at a stretch medium finish. With salted toffee on the death.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


    My dad bought me this for Christmas. I opened it immediately and was pleasantly surprised by what I found.
    Colour: a mix between Rylan Clark and Donald Trump – [suspiciously rich] orange-y gold.

    N: Malty, honeyed, sweet-sour hay-like toffee, peppered breadiness, dunnage-light/fusty candy string and floured candy banana,…. Get the picture? A surprisingly engaging and easy-reading layered nose.
    T: Neat, it’s a fairly narrow yet loveably tough n tumble single malt. With water [best], we’ve a waxy sour=sugary-sweet grassy/malty caramel-y >= raisin-y dram that indicates the subtlest of oloroso cask influences, and with just a touch of fresh peppery heat – not enough to scare anyone away or detract from – that mildly-sweet & gentle moreish chew.
    F: Short with a vague metallic bitterness in the background. Adding water elongates the finish and promotes the waxy mouthfeel. I’d swear this is pisco by the death.

    C: All-round, very pleasing malt that I would easily recommend to beginners and enthusiasts alike, but blind to the latter. Much like Chivas Regal 12 from the 1970s, I can see myself recommending this in twenty years’ time, as a BFYB ‘old n rare’ styled malt, no doubt easily found at a decent price on the secondary market.

  8. marmeladow scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A mild, tasty and fruity-aromatic night-dram, also on the terrace on mild summer evenings.
    Velvety-smooth, medium-long finish with light, pleasant spice. A lot of ripe apples and pears, caramel and vanilla. Ideal "women's whisky". Very inexpensive!


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