First time i tried this [in 2012], I was sold on its subtle charm. Lets see how I see things five years later.
N: Isn’t it funny how sugar notes can lead to curry spices, anyone? [The Indians love their sugar, whether it be in desserts [like Gulab Jamun], curries, chutneys, fruits or roadside pure cane sugar juices]. Getting back to the Glencadam, we have ripe, fresh, dried & synthetic fruit notes and specifically fruits such as pineapples, pears, papaya, lychee and custard apples as well as hints of coconut integrated within the bourbon cask notes. A super bouquet that’s not too ‘showy’. The sweet chestnut-y/dry-fusty/yeasty oakiness holds it all in place. A lovely, well balanced fruity Speysider so far.
T: More kick & oakiness than expected, those 15+ years in conjunction with the [ideal] abv driving that moorish barley and those fruits to a deeper/oakier territory. A little water reaffirms the balance. Moderately aged whisky like this also retains youthfulness & vibrancy. Spritely fruits [from the nose] occasionally appear on arrival with a deeper oaked Coco pop-putty development in the middle stages. Into the finish is a waxy-ish/dry oily=briny-ish mouthfeel & cidre/lager to taste with a soft [cosmetic/acetone] apricot-marzipan note to boot. There’s a consistent body/weight throughout.
F: A short-medium finish, cruising however at a reasonable depth. Time then to enjoy those deep-oaked bourbon creamy sugars complimented by a sour citrus, that almost only ever seem to arise from slow and timely maturation. Bitter-sweet, touches of molasses, fruits and some clean-fusty, bourbon/vanilla at the final stages. The best boozy bitter-lemon I ever had!
C: Five years on and to my relatively more experienced palate, this is still a most favourable malt with balance, form, weight & flavour - whats not to like? A must-have bottle for any enthusiast’s living library. Coincidently Ralfy’s ‘Whisky of the year 2017’.
Scores a B