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Glencadam 21-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Exceptional
Stated Age
21 years old
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
19 Sep 2010 11:32 am

Average value

€ 123,10

Whisky Reviews for Glencadam 21-year-old

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.49 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2017]  This review is on the first batch released - I bought this bottle for 75 Euro in September 2014.

    Really nice stuff to drink...  Given its complexity and balance I think they added quite some casks much older than 21 years to this batch.  It has a very nice barley sweetness and a lovely flavour's depth mostly on fruity and flowery notes.  The finish is considerably long, mouth-coating and not drying out.  All in all a very nice dram, one I could sip several an evening without getting bored about it...

    Well done, Glencadam and welcome back to the whisky scene!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Extremely aromatic, fragrant and flowery. Linden flowers but also linden blossom honey, fully ripe waxed tires, some ginger and in the background earthy and mineral. Later powdered sugar, oranges, some cinnamon, vanilla and light winegums.
    • Taste
      Oily onset Aromatic onset with beautiful rooty ginger, gentian ?, floral notes of chamomile, lime blossom, mint and herb rich hay and waxy and nutty notes.
    • Finish
      Long, tart oak and waxy notes and mint.

  3. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I think it's delicious. However, I have to admit that I liked the sample and the first drams of my bottle better then. However, he is not a bargain at the current price.
    • Nose
      Flowerhoney. Malt. Lemon tea. Lemon balm. Bergamot. Dried apricots. Natural cloudy apple juice. White chocolate with orange pieces. Something floral is also in it. I'll tell marigold. Wet wood.
    • Taste
      Nice sweetness at first. Sugar candy. Marzipan. Then it gets tart and citrusy. Lime, blood orange and grapefruit. In addition, effervescent powder. Then a sharpness, which goes in the direction of ginger. Now a bitterness that reminds me of hops.
    • Finish
      Citrus notes remain. The ginger sounds slow. Too tart cider. And the oak shows up clearly.

  4. Jean Ginster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      The nose is intense. Sweet with a bitter note, bitter almond.
      Lemon zest, a little vanilla. Some pear with pineapple. And a dry element like green tea. Oak with malt. The alcohol is very well integrated.
      The nose is pretty intense and complex.
    • Taste
      91 91
      intense and pleasant start. A tingling prick on the tongue.
      Vanilla with pineapple and bergamot. Cinnamon, ginger. Then a bitterness. Like a yellow grapefruit. The oak comes then, very filigree.
      Everything is very complex and interwoven. Delicious.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long. Dry. The oak remains in the mouth, with a sweet vanilla mixed with pamelmuse.
      Out of the throat then comes malt with a bit bitter almond.

  5. matts scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Character: An uncomplicated and drinkable malt: fresh, light-fruited and sweet-bitter (vanilla, malt, grapefruit). Not too complex, but age brings a solid balance. Not peaty and the body rather light. Sherry does not actually take place here.
    Rating: A good, solid malt, but nothing that blows my nose or even taste. Easy-drinking and something for friends Fresh-fruity drops with a slight touch of oak. You can try it. For me, there are good 86 points today.
    • Nose
      Basic flavors: fruits (light), citrus fruits, vanilla, tea, herbs, malt
      Description: The nose is immediately very fresh, slightly creamy and light-fruited. Against the background of gentle vanilla, there is a delicious basket of fruit: pear, pineapple, orange and lemon. Green tea and a bit of mint ensure a nice freshness. Over time, and especially after the first sip, slightly sweetish but quite restrained malt notes come into their own. Blind I would have typed on a pure Bourbon keg storage. There is no trace of Sherry here for me. Overall, a harmonious fragrant light-fruited nose. The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: fruits (light), citrus, vanilla, spices, herbs, oak, nut
      Description: Sweet peaches, apricots and oranges are lightly creamy and together with some vanilla on the tip of the tongue. Then it gets spicy: cinnamon and a hint of ginger make themselves felt. Then again bitter-bitter grapefruit. The mint from the nose is also discreet in taste again. In the transition to the finish, the oak comes through easily. With hints of bitter almonds.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: nut, citrus fruits, herbs, oak Description: The finish is medium-long and fruity tart. Almonds, grapefruit, mint and a bit of oak sound delicious. Something bitter.

  6. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    hmmm, it's a round thing, but the fifteen felt better, it had more to offer
    • Nose
      Raisins, sherry is getting more and more (in the end really full!), Slightly bitter, fruity note, dusty, minimal old oak, cinnamon, frankincense, caramel is stronger
    • Taste
      full and soft on the palate
      very spicy !!, bitter, oak is more, red apple (Boskoop), later comes a small fruit
    • Finish
      bitter and oak, with toasty aromas, espresso

  7. BehindSpace scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. detachedblue scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Sorry for the simplified notes. Can't recall more, this is a decent aged whisky without too many surprises and highlights. I tasted it at Whisky Live London 2018, so this is probably from a new batch and the people at the stands told me this is fully bourbon wood.
    • Nose
      Compared this with the 19 YO sherry finished, this one is much more matured, but still similar to the 19 YO with prominent vanilla
    • Taste
      Tasted dry, a decent modern style whisky 
    • Finish
      Long and dry, spices.

  9. MY MALTS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very sweet, pineapple bomb ...

  10. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very well balanced whisky. Nicely made. Really enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Mature, dusty first appearence. The smell of hot sand at the sea. Then ripe pears as well as some exotic fruits. Honey coated papaya. 
    • Taste
      Smooth start. Initially sweet and creamy. Then becoming more powerful with quite some oak suddenly kicking in. Really harmoniously integrated tannins. Definitely sherry influenced. The memories of eating Banana Flambé with vanilla ice cream coming back to my mind. 
    • Finish
      Malty dry finish. Quite long. Milk chocolate with hazelnuts lingering on.


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