Cardhu 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
15 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Oct 2017 5:13 pm by Astrid

Average value

€ 54.26

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72 × member ratings

214 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Cardhu 15-year-old

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.33 points

  1. MTomas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    For a price of less than 35 €, I find this whisky fantastic. The alcohol is completely undetectable, a lot of sweetness, fruitiness in the foreground, green apple and chocolate with toffee. Just great.
    Cardhus call "woman's whisky" and I can endorse this statement with all responsibility. Very delicate and pleasant. Certainly it can be recommended to both ladies and beginners of the "water of life"
    • Nose
      fresh, fruity, quite sweet, green apple, vanilla, raisins, orange peel, a bit of oak
    • Taste
      creamy, slightly spicy, vanilla, toffee, slightly sour, citrus, raisins, traces of oak
    • Finish
      medium long, quite sweet, pleasant, plum jam, chocolate tip with an admixture of spices

  2. Captain68 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. notesofmalt scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Cardhu 15 years, 40% alc. Original bottling (2020)

    Nose: More aromatic than the 12 year old. Fruity with a pleasantly strong sweetness, but also a lot of spice. Malt and apple compote, caramel and fudge. Also roasted nuts, green tea and a hint of wood smoke. This first impression is rounded off by lightly burnt shortbreads.

    Palate: Fruity, oranges and apples, with grapefruit and bitter caramel. The malt and nuts are pretty strong, and the tea is coming back too. In the background, oak and pepper are kept.

    Finish: Short to medium length, the emphasis is on the fruity sweetness and malt, plus a pleasant note of cloves and pastries.

    Conclusion: The leap from 12-year-olds to 15-year-olds is clearly aromatic, the 15-year-olds are still easy to enjoy, but a bit more complex. 81/100 points (2021)


  4. Riedel23 scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    Overall, the most prominent feature is the pleasantly soft mouth feel. When you do blind tasting, you have to be careful not to confuse it with bourbons. But at every tasting I will welcome him as a starting point - pleasant, but not a lasting impression.
    • Nose
      78 78
      The first impression on the nose is harmoniously pleasant, a sweetness with spices. Maybe as if some curry had gotten into it. I would see tangerine aroma in it too, but nothing particularly stands out.
    • Taste
      77 77
      The first impression is very soft. Then comes light or white chocolate and only later something flowery, maybe some hay. I hardly find the fruity aromas from the nose in my mouth.
    • Finish
      72 72
      It stays sweet until the short finish, when dry cinnamon appears at the end.

  5. Marcel74 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    aromas of orchard fruit, oats, tropical fruit and vanilla, I do not find the smoke (horst luning is) the fruity and soft character with lots of tropical fruit I find most present. ok, 40, - for a 15 year old is not much, but there are better 15 year old whiskys on the market
    • Nose
      citrus, vanilla, toffee, orange, lots of exotic fruit
    • Taste
      honey, fruit (but also a lot of oak and chocolate, coffee source: horst luning)) but I think the fruit predominates
    • Finish

  6. nkrc scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Color: dark gold

    Nose: Floral (violet) and fruity are the first impressions. Fresh herbs, minimal minty, slightly chocolaty or at least caramel-like. Oak wood!

    Very thin on the palate, light peppery spiciness, spices. Oak wood, rather dry, a little sweet.

    Finish medium long and not very impressive.

    For 40 euros comes too little.


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