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Cardhu 18-year-old

Overall rating
81.73/100
votes
161
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L5070/X000
Barcode
5000267116686
Added on
27 Oct 2011 8:17 pm

Average value

€ 69,49

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Whisky Reviews for Cardhu 18-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.73 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2017]  I bought this bottle for 58,50 Euro in September, 2014.  Quite a while ago I had my last Cardhu so I opened it as an easy drinkable summer whisky today.

    The colour is burnished but as Diageo uses caramel on almost all of its standard releases this information is worth...nothing.  The texture shows some fast and some medium legs as well as late fat sticky tears.  The nose is on a delicate modern sherry profile with some vanilla and wooden aromas.  It arrives smooth and warming on the palate but is not very much coating.  A little peppery feeling pops up after some seconds.  The taste again is on barley sugary and modern sherry induced flavours that are nicely balanced.  Somewhat two-dimensional first but if you chew it for a while there is more to explore.  The finish is of medium length with more spicy (peppery) aromas.  No bitter or drying notes, but hints of dark chocolate in the end.  Water is not needed.

    As expected this is an easy quaffable dram without flaws but without highlights too.  One to sip when you just want to enjoy a nice dram and you are not in the "mood of investigation"...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose: peach, ripe juicy apricot, fresh acidic zesty blood orange and grapefruit, light spicy wood, a little mint, the nose is very delicate it takes a little to understand it but then actually does not even drink anymore just smell it Taste: Forest honey with vanilla meets delicate spicy oak, the wood becomes more intense and somewhat dusty, toffee, milk chocolate, roasted peanuts, with larger mouthfuls pleasant tingling sherry-fruity acidity, slightly bitter aftertaste on the finish
    Conclusion: he is a bit thin - a little more alcohol and you would not have to search the really great flavors until you find them. The nose is noticeably ahead for me
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. stefsel111 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. larswehmeier scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      At first mild and creamy sweet. Then tickle but also a decent portion of spicy oak in the nose. Reminiscent of hazelnuts in chocolate.
      Only after some time in the air does it become more fruity and a few plums are added.
    • Taste
      Aromatically intense. Lots of dark chocolate. Hard and ripe. Add a touch of cherry. Not as sweet as the nose but delicious.
    • Finish
      Medium. Drying. Not bitter.

  5. RichardMayston scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    Pretty bland 
    • Nose
      Light toffee orange
    • Taste
      Malty Innofensive but weak
    • Finish
      Pepper 

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2013]  I had this dram during a Charlie Smith tasting at Bonn.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I took no detailed notes.

  7. schero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Serge Valentin:
    http://www.whiskyfun.com/2017/Mrs-and-Mr-Cardhu.html

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Cast Olila scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  10. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

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