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Cardhu Gold Reserve - House Targaryen

Overall rating
78.81/100
votes
241
Whiskybase ID
124503
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

€ 59.06

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241 × member ratings

2338 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Cardhu Gold Reserve - House Targaryen

39 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Ficelli scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Foudos scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

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

  6. 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

  7. Olieschaick scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

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

  8. McMoulis scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  9. uap304 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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.

  10. 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

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