Glencadam 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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 11:49 am

Average value

€ 132.10

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331 × member ratings

615 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glencadam 21-year-old

68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.74 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. Moses scored this whisky 88 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;) ... well, no sherry and ... he 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 there for a long time. Lasting spiciness and warming. A great 21 with no compromises for the money of an 18. House whisky.

  3. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Orange skin, mandarins, spice, anise, fudge, mango. The taste is spicy, cloves, ginger, wet roses, dairy butter, orange, almond, cacao, dark chocolate and ends dry.

  7. Segens scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Based on 2021 release - Glencadam has potential but the 21y old is really not worth its price - nice nose but too woody in the finish - prefer the 15y much more and even 10y so do not go for this one.

  8. Cipidos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Rody024 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Pleasant floral and crispy fresh aroma. An rather unusual palette, with some acidity and sweetness which creates an unbalanced flavor profile. This dram was an anticlimax for me.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Intensity - 7
      Richness - 8
      Grass, hay, butter, heath, apricot, marzipan and some wood shavings.
    • Taste
      70 70
      Intensity - 6
      Richness - 7
      Very thin and almost watery mouthfeel.

      Zure matten (sweet-sour candy), apple, lemon, pineapple, a whiff of acetone and bubble gum.
    • Finish
      68 68
      Medium-long (5-10 seconds), with the sour notes coming through and masking the other delicate flavors.

  10. Othorion scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86


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