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Cardhu Gold Reserve - House Targaryen

Overall rating
78.81/100
votes
282
Whiskybase ID
WB124503
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Game of Thrones
Bottled
2018
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L9031CM003
Barcode
5000267173719
Added on
14 jan 2019 2:43 pm by Dirk
Colored

Average value

€ 72.97

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282 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Cardhu Gold Reserve - House Targaryen

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.81 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Dragonstone

    The Cardhu Gold Reserve was launched in 2014. I had the privilege of being invited to the release event in Brussel, but to be honest found it to be nothing more than a delicate aperitif style malt. The composition for this Games of Thrones release has not been altered, so it’s the same liquid in another bottle with a fancy label (and a higher price tag).

    Very timid on the nose. A fruit salad of red apples and soft pears, sugared orange peel and toffee. Some nuts – make that marzipan – and potpourri. Butterscotch candy and a big floral note. Candy-sweet.

    Very soft on the palate, even a bit weak. Citrus peel, caramel, a touch of pepper, menthol and a hint of cinnamon. Cedar wood? Cocoa? All very soft and little outspoken.

    The finish, which is medium long with a soft peppery note, offers apples and almonds at the death.

    Surely Daenerys deserved a more feisty dram than this middle-of-the-road whisky?

  2. MaroFF scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion, this whisky smells better than it tastes. While the aroma is quite pleasant, delicate and quite expressive, the taste destroys it all, because it is flat, bland and too bland. Finish without fireworks, too bitter, although in the very end the honey flavor saves by 1 point.
    I like Cardhu, but this version is unfortunately not well polished in my opinion.
    • Nose
      78 78
      delicate, boiled apples, apple pie, a bit of vanilla, hints of oak, slightly alcoholic
    • Taste
      76 76
      cereal, slightly peppery, honey, caramel, apples, some citrus.
    • Finish
      77 77
      short, honey-bitter, peppery, warming and again honey-like

  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    'Nose' is nice and promising, but body and finish are too much watered down, which makes it all too weak.
    This whisky certainly doesn't match the House Targaryen, at least not the strong woman Daenerys is ;-)
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruity, fresh apples, alcohol pretty prominent for such a low Ablv. Also some sweet, honey, and a hint of (overripe) banana.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Pretty light, smooth, soft and weak. Some sweet, honey, caramel.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Now just a little bit of pepper, some sweet left, honey and caramel, but again pale and short.

  4. ctu scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    The nose is the best apart, the taste is not bad, but unmatured.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Caramelized apple and spicy mulled wine.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Red apple, honey and caramel, citruses, nutmeg and clove, nut.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Medium length, spicy, bittersweet.

  5. ZLako scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    N: Fresh apples, alcohol, also some sweets, honey, vanilla

    P: Smooth, soft and weak. Vanilla, honey, caramel.

    F: Just a little bit of pepper, vanilla. Quite short.

  6. KlausBlaueDer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    -
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Thoma scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Delicious, but weak on the nose; reminds me of bakery store, dried and candied fruits.
    • Taste
      79 79
      This is the typical '40%-ish' taste; weak and does not give too much. Caramel, pepper, honey, toffee and cereals.
    • Finish
      78 78

  8. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Uncomplicated light whisky with an emphasis on the malt component.
    • Nose
      Unobtrusive, herbaceous, malty, with hints of candy, young bark and spices in the distance.
    • Taste
      Slightly harsh, with a malt tendency, slightly peppery.
    • Finish
      Short, tingling, bready, caramel, citrus.

  9. DistiLesha scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Pleased with the watermelon and pumpkin, and there is nothing more to add.
    N: 19 T: 20 F: 19 B: 20
    • Nose
      More restrained, more intense than the 12-year release, but very similar and recognizable. The same elegant mash tones, garden fruits, honey sweetness and hand cream scent.
    • Taste
      Honey sweetness 8/10, lemon, bright maltiness, creamy caramel, medical tourniquet, garden fruits, ginger, overripe watermelon, pumpkin.
    • Finish
      Less woody than 12-year release, medium, fruity-woody sweetness

  10. Malthead19 scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

    - unfortunately one of the worse GoT bottlings
    - hardly any difference to the "normal" gold reserve
    detectable
    - does not quite come close to the standard Cardhu 12 years
    - Much too expensive at originally around 50 €
    - since there is no longer any demand, price drops
    approx. € 35 on offer
    - nice packaging, but qualitatively prefer the special
    Buying Cask Reserve gives you more for your money
    • Nose
      flat, simple first impression, floral, flowery, fresh, slightly fruity, green apple, plum
    • Taste
      simple, lightly burning start, oak, fruit, plum, menthol, burning and then quickly flattening out again
    • Finish
      short finish;
      medium-long alcoholic aftertaste

  11. Ficelli scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  12. Foudos scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  13. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Extremely simple nose and the same in taste. But the finish is surprisingly good.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Sweet malt, oak tones, light citrus notes
    • Taste
      75 75
      Citrus notes, sweet, slightly tangy, oak spice, malty
    • Finish
      80 80
      Spicy and citrus-heavy finish

  14. Olieschaick scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  15. McMoulis scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  16. uap304 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty stuff! Easily something that can be drank every day, either by itself neat or in a cocktail. Pairs seamlessly with Drambuie... Not surprising that this is so popular, especially among those with a sweet tooth. I found it quite enjoyable and even its own way this is something fascinating, which certainly makes me want to try the 12-year old.
    • Nose
      Honey, spiced cider, orange citrus, pears, and apples. You can somehow smell the sugary sweetness, as if you could smell simple syrup. Yummy!
    • Taste
      Full and syrupy. Mouth coating. They have the mouth feel down pat, actually. The palate itself is rather anemic, again as if it was simple syrup! In fact it tastes like it is its own honey-sweetened cocktail, rather amazing in that respect. It is easy to see why this is so popular. Of course, there is no depth whatsoever! It's just sweet as if drinking a soda pop.
    • Finish
      Short and clean. Drying, oh so drying! It would be more refreshing if it wasn't so drying. Faint pepper, but no hint of maturation whatsoever. In fact, it is as if there is no wood influence at all, which is kind of incredible. There is a lingering honey sweetness clinging to the teeth and palate, again like soda pop. This is fascinating stuff, honestly.

  17. Bosi scored this whisky 77 points Specialist

    A rock solid, albeit very unspectacular dram. You can't go wrong here, but you are also far from a must-drink.
    • Nose
      The nose starts off dignified, but unspectacular: a little vanilla mixes with caramel and malt. A juicy red apple, oranges and a hint of mint hide in the background.
    • Taste
      The taste is malty and has a slight bitterness. Oranges play a leading role here, too, and pepper and menthol caress the palate.
    • Finish
      The finish is short to medium long and the notes of taste can also be found here. However, the bitterness has almost disappeared

  18. MackenzieOB95 scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Nose: Very subtle all together. Caramel. Spiced fruit. Honey. Oak. Buttered biscuit.

    Palate: Oak coming on stronger. Slight alcohol burn giving a little kick but it’s quickly diminished with a lovely honey flavor. Some chocolate notes peeking through. Faint taste of brownie batter.

    Finish: Brief. Some heat. Smooth.

    Overall Score: 78. Not a mind blower but a good dram to be sure. What it lacks in excitement it makes up for in drinkability. I certainly wouldn’t turn it down but it’s certainly the one I’ve enjoyed the least out of the GoT collection.

  19. WLUO scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  20. ezioaudit scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

  21. bvrsky scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  22. Kingalein scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Unfortunately, a very weak number. Easy to drink, but nothing at all. Not worth 30 €.
    Out of anger, Khaleesi would send at least one dragon to retaliate.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  23. Wolf68 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

  24. robbert88 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Like all the same colored whisky colors from the series.

    I smell the whisky for a moment and it reminds me a lot of the Cardhu 12 that was recently absorbed.

    I mainly smell apples and caramel. But cinnamon is also present.

    Time for a sip ... let it roll briefly and I taste delicious sweet honey! Together with the apples and cinnamon.

    Yummy! But I quickly lost the taste.

    Another sip. And I also clearly taste some toffee in it. But again the taste is gone quickly.

    It looks like the flavors are turning into water.

    Actually this is a nice whisky but with its short and rather boring aftertaste it doesn't make me very hot. I also think the whisky itself is quite watery.

  25. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    15-11-2019
    • Nose
      66 66
      fruit
    • Taste
      67 67
      fruit, oily
    • Finish
      65 65
      fruit, oily

  27. Dris scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  28. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    He does not hurt now, but does not give me anything.
    • Nose
      78 78
      creamy, lots of vanilla, honeydew melon, sweet, slightly banana, slightly bready, also some bread crust, slightly iodine, the bread note is getting stronger
    • Taste
      76 76
      slightly oily, also here bread, malt, sweet, behind rather mild and watery, again honeydew melon, quite mealy, only slightly tart oak
    • Finish
      76 76
      hardly any echo, he is gone, maybe even sweetness, but really hard to find something new

  29. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Photo Moderator

    I would not say it's bad - it's actually easy drinkable - it's just boring - it's the right thing if you don't feel like drinking real whisky
    • Nose
      82 82
      Little woody, hints of honey, little fruitiness, spices, pepper, cloves, whiffs of nutmeg and nuts
    • Taste
      81 81
      Oily, not punchy, little sweetness, little fruitiness, peaches, pears
    • Finish
      78 78
      Short, warm, some sweetness left

  30. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  31. d-evil scored this whisky 66 points Member Junior

    taste: sweet, not very complex, even a little borrowing, very broad, honey, dried banana,

    smell: gluey, dried banana

  32. maltandgrains scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
      Immediately fruity, apples, pears and overripe banana.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Soft, dry and sweet. Citrus.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Medium-long. Dry. Nutty, citrus.

  33. detachedblue scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Pear drop, orange liquor
    • Taste
      Very sweet, dry oakiness, dark chocolates and dry
    • Finish
      Short, sweet honey, oakiness

  34. schengel10 scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

    ,,,a still young and average malt!
    • Nose
      very restrained nose: sweet (honey), apples, pears, some vanilla;
    • Taste
      gentle, mild, soft attack, some citrus fruit, sweetness (honey), some vanilla, caramel; still quite young;
    • Finish
      a short sweet nutty finish, fading away immediately;

  35. mema82 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  36. grinface scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    I can't find anything interesting in this whisky besides the beery note on the nose. And that is why it lost in the first round of my little Game of Thrones whisky tournament. Detailed look (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/04/19/baratheon-vs-tagaryen-royal-lochnagar-vs-cardhu/

  37. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    19 20 20 20 79

  38. toklian scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    N20 P19 F19 B19

    Ugly young Cardhu. Fuck Diageo! Fuck marketing!

  39. toklian scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    N20 P19 F19 B19

    Ugly young Cardhu. Fuck Diageo! Fuck marketing!

  40. stefsel111 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  41. JacobaEd scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  42. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Anticipation GoT - today Cardhu Gold Reserve - House Targaryen
    After a convincing shadowwolf (Dalwhinnie - House Stark), the dragon is in the glass today.
    Nose: like to give some time here, at first only a little unripe, sour pear and sweetness like fondant, light spice, after 20 minutes join apples, orange peel, a little artificial berry and marzipan - he is not terribly exciting - but not one-dimensional
    Taste: 'Dracaris' - Surprisingly strong start - acid and spice fight for the first presence - the dry spice prevails, pepper - behind it it gets sweeter - some caramel, nut and chocolate. Especially the second sip is much softer and creamier and reflects less buzz.
    Finish: At the lower end of medium-long, oak spiciness and surprisingly nutty, some pepper is left, but everything quickly veeblassend
    All in all a good match for the House Targaryen - behind the sweet facade of Danearis blazing the fire, which also quickly fades away. As a stand-alone malt for me rather an uncomplicated all-day dram. In total 79/100 points. The PLV is purely ambitious for the sensors in my opinion.

  43. Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    N- Caramelized honey with dark fruit, berries and bread-y, as well the heavily toasted cereal notes that breath with distant rubber and meaty nuance, quite gamey so to say. Apple/orange compote, cut grass, meadow and earthy, mineral swirling and all good, certainly well packed but just fading away rather quickly. (86/20)

    P- Smooth mouthfeel, nutty almond and spices, sweet clove with dry black tea, soothing. (85/19)

    F- Shot-medium, peppery, tea-ish, direct and comfortable dram with notable nuttiness for some depth. Dry with hints of rubbery meatiness lingers on. (86/20)

    B/B- 86/20

    Cereal- 2, Fruity- 1, Floral- 2, Peaty- 0, Feinty- 2, Sulphury- 0, Woody- 2, Winery- 2, Spicy- 1

    Weighted Rate- 79pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Caramelized honey with dark fruit, berries and bread-y, as well the heavily toasted cereal notes that breath with distant rubber and meaty nuance, quite gamey so to say. Apple/orange compote, cut grass, meadow and earthy, mineral swirling and all good, certainly well packed but just fading away rather quickly. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- Smooth mouthfeel, nutty almond and spices, sweet clove with dry black tea, soothing. (85/19)
    • Finish
      F- Shot-medium, peppery, tea-ish, direct and comfortable dram with notable nuttiness for some depth. Dry with hints of rubbery meatiness lingers on. (86/20)

      B/B- 86/20

      Cereal- 2, Fruity- 1, Floral- 2, Peaty- 0, Feinty- 2, Sulphury- 0, Woody- 2, Winery- 2, Spicy- 1

      Weighted Rate- 79pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  44. dandan798 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The nose promised more than what was delivered. Still a decent sipper.
    • Nose
      84 84
      fruit, honey, heather, candy, spice, vanilla, ginger, pear, apple, apricot
    • Taste
      80 80
      sweet, fruit, sour, berries, apple, metallic, honey, cinnamon, vanilla
    • Finish
      83 83
      vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, pepper, fruit

  45. rpvdwel scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  46. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

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