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Glencadam 21-year-old

Overall rating
85.76/100
votes
282
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Exceptional
Bottled
28.05.2010
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5021349761464
Added on
19 Sep 2010 11:49 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 116.03

54 × in wishlist

282 × member ratings

488 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glencadam 21-year-old

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.76 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. 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.

  4. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    From a PLV perspective, we don't have to talk for long. A must. It is a rock solid malt without missing notes that delivers what it should. Only the "alleged" sherry story is a bit neglected? There's nothing on the bottle either. As Ralfy always says: The label is the contract;)
    So no sherry and it needs water!
    • Nose
      Fine lemon pudding with sweet vanilla. The bourbon barrel provides grassy wood notes. Everything feels soft and integrated. The flowery nose does exactly what the label promises. You just have to imagine the sherry. I didn't see him. A rock solid bourbon nose. Fine.
    • Taste
      The texture is creamy, buttery, sour and sweet. Even tropical fruits shimmer through and the oak-flavored tannins dance on the tongue. 21 years are noticeable. That's how it should be. Vanilla and pineapple are added in the transition. Very oily with a sour citrus freshness. Floral with berries on pepper bread give a dry mouth feel with all kinds of spices.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, buttery soft but drying. Peppery and spicy and long there. Lasting spiciness and warming. A great 21 with no compromises for the money of an 18. House whisky.

  5. Whiskonaut scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    When I smelled, I shouted: what's going on here !? Intense fruit, honey sweetness, exactly what I hoped for from the Glendronach 21 tested on the same evening and unfortunately did not get it. The intensity is enormous. You really have to dilute this whisky, otherwise you will miss a lot. Drink this whisky with Ralfy, it's fun. Very complex taste experience, long-lasting finish. A new favorite! Unfortunately, at € 110 a little too expensive for 90 points. I had a 5 cl sample. I would order a bottle for 80-90 €. At the moment I think the Glencadam 15, which is also very good, is significantly better in terms of price-performance ratio.

  6. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 835: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEDra72kbwA (90/100).

    "However, it's when you add the water that it really starts to blossom."

  7. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Gigiomix scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    To be a 21 year old he seems very young. Slightly "artificial" flavor, very fruity, not very soft on the palate. Metallic and short finish. It didn't thrill me. Sample tasting.

  9. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 66 points Expert Junior

    Too thin for 21 years, too superficial, too arbitrary compared to the 10 year old (!) - very disappointing in comparison
    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      66 66

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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