Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
World Whiskies - Individual Cask
Stated Age
08 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
64.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 feb 2019 3:21 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 66.33

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21 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for The English Whisky 08-year-old CA

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.40 points.

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    [20cl bottle]

    C: Much like Cadenhead’s [amazing] 5yo Brazilian single malt I experienced the day before [WLP], this one doesn’t fit comfortably into an obvious [Southern] Islay distilleries box either. That could mean this may not be from Islay,… or even Scottish. Easily one of the best English [Whisky Co.] single malts I’ve had.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2019] I never had an English single malt so far but in face of Brexit I have to try it, finally. And to make the tasting more interesting and my judgement more reliable I do a head-to-head of two vintages: this 2009 versus the 2010 follow up (WB id 126243)...

    ...and this is a flabbergasting positive surprise, to be honest. Given the young age of both releases they offer a bold and rather complex traditional profile (the 2010 after reduction) which is much better than that of most of the Scottish under-aged malts. I can imagine very fine English drams once these whiskies got adult - I will keep an eye on St. George's distillery, for sure...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour of the 2009 is two shades darker at jonquiripe corn while the 2010 is at pale straw. The nose of the 2009 offers a bold and impressive profile with all kinds of oils (both industrial and natural ones), hospital aromas (iodine, gauze bandages and more), autumn floral notes (wet hay stacks), shy fruits and spices (and peat, of course). Hey, this is pretty interesting and reminds me a little of the traditional Springbank profile (which is a huge compliment!). Unfortunately, this nose vanishes quickly upon breathing and gets less interesting. The nose of the 2010 is completely different - much more shy and lacking most of these interesting oily and medicinal aromas. It is more floral-fruity driven with lots of chalk and mineral notes and the cold smoke of an extinguished bonfire. I prefer the 2009 on this dimension, clearly. Water improves the nose of the 2010 significantly.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste of the 2009 is quite impressive too with a fine mixture of sweet barley sugars, peaty flavours, fruits and spices that is in balance - I like that! It is nicely chewable and somewhat layered which is a fine achievement for such a young dram. No flaw that I can find, the woods are about perfect to provide structure without dominating. The 2010 is somewhat unbalanced on the palate with too much bitter-peaty flavours compared to the rather shy sweet sugars and fruits. And it is more simple than the 2009 (but more oomphy-spiky , so lovers of the modern style whisky will prefer it neat - most probably).
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel of the 2009 is very hot (due to the high abv) and coats instantly the whole of the mouth without distracting moments. The 2010 arrives less hot on the palate but less coating too with a significant bitter-drying feeling (ashes, tannins). Again I like the 2009 better here. The finish of the 2009 is long and turns to the bitter-drying side of the peat but still the sugars are there to sweet the bitterness. The finish of the 2010 is shorter than the 2009 and surprisingly better balanced than its taste with more sweet and waxy flavours added. Nevertheless, I prefer the 2009 on this dimension, too. Water flattens the 2009 and turns it more sweet while a reduction improves the 2009 and both in the nose and on the palate (it releases much more aromas and flavours and the taste reaches a fine balance this way, which is good for two additional points).

  3. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Not a superpower young peater like the previous batches, not as nutty as the previous release. However, a lot of oakiness here, very peaty still, some paints.
    • Taste
      Mellow and smooth, not as ABV suggested, peat water, pear drop, apples
    • Finish
      Medium, dusty peat

  4. NoFanSky scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Tried it in the shop but didn't take notes, so here are the official ones:

    Nose: Smoked salmon, banana fritters in syrup. Lots of citrus notes present.

    Palate: Rock salt, fishing nets, maritime notes. Lemon & lime zestiness.

    Finish: Brine, lemon marmalade and banoffee pie.


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