Overall rating
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
20 years old
Sherry Butt
Batch 2
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Feb 2019 9:54 pm by chrizthewiz

Average value

€ 79,99

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56 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for William Cadenhead 20-year-old CA

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.90 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2019] This is a new solera cask project Cadenhead introduced with a 20-years old blend - which is a nice idea to use in whisky maturation too (the Spaniards do this with sherry for ages). This second batch was created by adding Benrinnes malt and Strathclyde grain whisky to what was left from batch one...

    ...and the result is an easy quaffable dram with a rather simple but tasty profile. No flaw or off-note (certainly no sulphur) but no highlight either - but hey, priced at around 60 Eurobucks this is great stuff to quaff! I look forward to the next batches...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is very dark at brown sherry and the nose offers a flawless modern sherry profile with some minor grainy aromas. There is not much of the malt(s) to detect. Some water helps to unlock the whisky aromas like honey, floral and waxy notes. This nose certainly improves on a reduction to about 38% abv, even the sherry aromas are more impressive now.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is not layered but the flavours are strong and balanced - the sherry is not too dominating so the barley sugars, autumn floral and vanilla-toffee notes of the malts resp. grains contribute to an easy and flawless tasting profile. After some chewing a dark chocolatey flavour pops up and later some bitter herbal-tobacco notes join in. All in all a rather simple but nonetheless delicious taste that is esay to quaff. Water smoothes the taste but it gets flatter too, I like to nose this dram reduced but prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses).
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with no distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and turns more bitter over time (both tobacco and tannins) but it never gets unpleasant. The dark chocolate flavour lasts the longest - and provides an excellent farewell memory that way.

  2. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    This Cadenhead Blend is from a living cask that is bottled in batches. Batch II contains Glenrothes, Benrinnes and Invergordon. All components are at least 20 years old. The liquid in the bottle is one of the darkest I have ever seen. The solera sherry cask must have been very active to say the least.

    Nose: Overripe raspberries, dark grapes, black cherries, strawberry bubblegum, creamy vanilla, garden herbs like rosmarin and thyme. A fistful of european oak. Polished mahoganytable. Leatherboots. An armagnac–like earthyness. A hint of musty woodsmoke from the Benrinnes appears in the back. Lovely. I would not have guessed a blend here. No grainy notes so far... Damp, old wine cellar, old books, wet earth. Dunnage warehouse. A sherry bodega in spain. Finally, some nice, buttery cereal notes from the aged grain show up. Toasted bread with salted butter and orange marmalade.

    Taste: Creamy and velvety arrival with lots of aged oloroso, sweet herbal liquors, Fernet Menta...? Nice development on bitter orangepeel, mint candy, brown sugar, maple syrup, rosmarin, fennel, thyme. English breakfast tea. Buttery shortbread and marzipan. A pinch of salt. In the finish the european oak kicks in with a spicy espresso kick.

    Comments: Already one of my favourites of 2019. This one just oozes aged dark sherry flavours. Tastes and smells much older. The small grain amount makes for a very nice sipping dram. A hint of smoke adds complexity. Also the strength is perfectly chosen. Makes you want to pour the next dram ;) Congrats to the blender, a great recipe. Looking forward to batch III.


  3. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This bottle from Cadenhead was offered recently to taste at an evening where many other whiskies were opened to taste. In my experience, Cadenhead is fairly reliable over the years from what I've had the chance to taste. Let's see how this one tastes.

    Nose starts with stewed fruits and a bit of camphor. Then chocolate and coconut arrive followed by raspberry dessert topping.

    Palate shows chocolate and raspberries on vanilla ice cream. Creamy honey and toffee round it out for silkiness.

    Finish continues on with chocolate, raspberries and honey but then evolves into tobacco and some oaky moments that do not detract but give it a rounded finish.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In taste and finish not as exciting as the great nose, but still a very good and pleasant dram, extra attractive because of its great colour...
    • Nose
      89 89
      Beautiful full sherry 'nose', chocolate, leather, coffee, brown sugar, prunes, raisins, cherries and raspberries.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Some pepper, pretty full taste, chocolate, prunes, some red fruit, creamy mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still some pepper, chocolate, some red fruits, ending up with more honey-like sweetness.

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Crass part. Tasty, spicy but full sherry board, with an incredible toffee sweetness, especially in the mouth and at the beginning. However, nice start with his 46% and delicious to drink. Subtle is just different. The grain is noticeable minimal, but it is well integrated and rather delivers the sweet component in the blend.

  6. joep scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. keizerjos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The scent is impressive, with raisins (Joh!), Something of ash and meat - raw ham, more precisely - and a pile of dried dried fruits. Sniffing and sniffing is so interesting that I only actually drink after 15 minutes. Well, fifteen, five. The first taste is sharp and somewhat flat, with a strong peppery aftertaste. There is coffee and cocoa in the taste, the whiskey is certainly not (very) sweet. Tobacco and leather, and, after extensive chewing, herbs, ricola alpine sweets and the aromas of that old-fashioned pipe tobacco that used to smell so sweetly sweet in the old days. Also some drop in the aftertaste, which is otherwise short and businesslike. Hmm. What to say. The 89.2 I do not get out. It is undeniably tasty and worth it, the price is great; between the sharp start and the short finish is delicious whiskey, but for more than 86 points the start and finish must convince me.

  9. PortEllen1983 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    From whisky fun.com
    That is right, the first whisky bottled in 2019 that we’re trying on little WF! Every year a great moment, a moment that happens earlier and earlier in the year, having said that. Colour: reddish mahogany. Nose: sherry, walnuts, chestnuts, strawberries, figs, geranium, peonies, rosehip tea, prunes, goji berries. That’s right. Some pencil shavings too. Mouth: there’s more grains in mezcal, I’m telling you. In truth this is the heaviest form of whisky one could think of, chock-full of caraway, sloe, blackberries, cloves, morellos, and the oddest Outer-Mongolian herbal liqueurs ever. Really totally odd and un-whisky, perhaps a drink for hard-brexiters only? Finish: extremely long, liqueury, pine-y, heavy, thick, invading, tarry… Comments: a statement? A cry for help? A tribute to the Austro-Hungarian empire? Slade? T-Rex? Golden Earring?
    SGP:382 - 82 points.


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