Overall rating
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
Solera Casks
Batch 8
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 Apr 2019 9:31 am by birkzehn

Average value

€ 44,99

19 × in wishlist

86 × member ratings

296 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for William Cadenhead 12-year-old CA

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.70 points

  1. edhunter15 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Sometimes it just has to be a dark sherry board. And since I'm not the only whiskey connoisseur who sees it that way, it's not exactly easy to get a low-cost yet round "Dark Sherry Whiskey". For its 35 €, this blend with its harmonious interplay of dark chocolate, the nutty pastry notes, the sweet fruitiness and the spicy oak naturally has an unbeatable price-performance ratio. Of course he can not keep up with the complexity of a 93er Glendronachs, but I'm just wondering why I just bought a bottle and then shared it: D.
    • Nose
      As the color of the whiskey already suggests or hopes to show, from the beginning very aromatic dark sherry flavors. Dark chocolate, sweet prunes and strong black tea with a lot of sugar candy set the tone. The chocolate notes and the fruitiness are strongly interwoven, so that for me quickly the association of a chocolate nut cake with baked plums and blueberries results. In the background, I also perceive soft leather aromas and a pleasant oak flavor.
    • Taste
      Lots of dark chocolate, nut biscuits and strong oak flavors now spread in my mouth. Together with the fruitiness I have to think of cognac chocolates. But also the sweet black tea shows in the taste.
    • Finish
      First, the finish is still characterized by the cognac chocolates. However, the sweetness breaks down relatively quickly leaving dry raisins, some pumpernickel and a slight oak bitterness.

  2. mothers_finest scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Should I write something? Do I have to write something? What should I write?

    Ok I will describe my impressions, very superficial, no tasting notes today (because no buck). So what do we have here? I think we have a sherry man here who is second to none at this price. He is very round, easy drinking (I hate this expression), has very well sherry influences (sorry Pippo but I can not stand it that way), some lethargy, cinnamon influences, ... ups - I did not want to ...

    Okay then explained easier again; no sherry monster (since just diluted), but definitely a not smoky good sherry old. I am a little displeased that he is very simple - this, or even especially in the nose, as well as the departure. On the other hand, the malt costs only 35 € ...

    I found the Glenalba 27 years a tick better. He somehow had more complexity. But in the end, both do not take much - and it's nice that there are such things for the price! Not necessarily for the Afficionado, but "normal people" also want to drink a decent whiskey without getting into debt!
    Anyway, nothing is wrong with this money.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Shy initially; the sherried Berry Bros & Rudd Blended Malt (WID 110145) I'm comparing this to has more presence and character on the nose. Overall a bit neutral, perhaps due to the grain components. Some furniture polish, oiled leather, cheap rosehip-flavored tea and redcurrant sweets. Not a nose that I find particularly striking or memorable.

    On the palate, it delivers a reasonable simulacrum of a heavily sherried adolescent single malt. Sticky, dark, herbal, with liquorice and all kinds of umami. Perhaps a bit thin, though, and it becomes slightly shallow toward the end, when the grain reemerges. Still, the dark-sherry aspect is undeniably attractive and pretty appealing; there really aren't any off notes.

    After it's gone down, it still clings to the inside of the mouth; pretty sticky and syrupy, which prolongs the finish and makes it seem more substantial than the nose had me assume.

    In sum, it's all good fun, and for the price I'm not mad at it at all. One to liberally share with your friends, even those who aren't *all* the way into whisky. It's sure to impress.

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    delicious sherry fun, has a lot to offer for the very small price
    • Nose
      85 85
      Hard wax over slightly rich berries, slightly fuller in wine barrel, becomes much rounder with a few minutes in the glass, European oak with tannins and hints of fumed smoke, matchheads and sulfurized raisins, with a lot of vanilla, fresh herbs, tree sap
    • Taste
      86 86
      Honey sweet, rich berry flavors - blackberries, blueberries - sweet and delicious - fadet in a chocolate fruit ensemble - beautiful creamy, fluffy soft without being weak - beautiful tannins give it a lot of volume - has probably. n bissl a lot of wet keg, but in the price range, I think the sensational - the achieves what the color promises
    • Finish
      84 84
      Here he weakens n bissl - the volume halves directly after swallowing - he remains at the level of fruity peppery quite a long time on the tongue

  5. Ed Radour scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    blind tasting
    Sherry (1st fill?)
    46 max 50%
    about 12y

    hmmm, through out yummy and you have to focus on him
    the nose is really great
    • Nose
      fruity, dark, sherry becomes stronger, brown apple, minimal smoke passes quickly, sweet and increases, slightly oak, red berries come, slightly nutty
    • Taste
      strong with neat boobs and oily
      Oak is stronger, bitter, the alcohol is prickling, licorice, roasted aromas
    • Finish
      medium long, bitter and tart, coffee sauce

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    For the price you really can not complain. If you want an uncomplicated sherry, do not do much wrong here. It does not have to be a big bottle, but it's really nice for the side.

  8. WLUO scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Purchased at Cadenhead in Cologne for € 35, and more than worth the price for me. The color suggests that it is a sherry bomb, but the ABV is too low for that and the finish a bit short. A delicious daily dram with the typical sherry tones that I think will be appreciated by many. Recommended!

  9. Bam scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Fully dominated by sherry and oak, but still does not look set, but quite mature. The grain is barely recognizable, very well-made sherry bomb for little money.
    • Nose
      Begins with a Maggi / Liebstöckl note, which then turns a syrupy incredibly sweet dark fruit note. Sweet cherry jam, candied figs, flambé plums. Spicy notes of the oak, cloves and some frankincense. Walnuts, brown sugar candy, dark chocolate. Heavy, old leather, and decayed, slightly scorched wood. As well as a completely hidden smoky note.
    • Taste
      Strong onset, oily / sticky mouthfeel. Sweet and sticky, again the dark, red fruits from the nose, the oak brings a bittersweet notes and wintry spices with, white pepper, cinnamon and cloves. Grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Medium long, bittersweet and peppery and still the dark fruits.

  10. fradin11 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85


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