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Cardhu 18-year-old

Overall rating
81.85/100
votes
178
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 8:13 pm

Average value

€ 72.80

14 × in wishlist

178 × member ratings

313 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Cardhu 18-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.85 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 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.

    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"...

    [December, 2019] I opened another bottle of batch OMG 110 (bottled on 20/02/2013, imprint on package inside) that I bought for 58,50 Euo in September 2014 and fully confirm my old review and score. This is an easy-to-sip sherried dram without flaws (not a single whiff of sulphur) and highlights. Way better than the actual release of this standard Cardhu (now with a blue label).
    • Nose
      86 86
      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, nougat and wooden aromas. After some breathing spicy and herbal notes join in and the woods grow stronger but never dominate. A fine sherry nose that is easy to sniff.
    • Taste
      87 87
      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 nougat pops up on the palate too and a fine creamy vanilla-toffee flavour stays all the time. This dram is a real chewer!
    • Finish
      87 87
      The dram arrives smooth and warming on the palate but is not very much coating. A little peppery feeling pops up after some seconds. The finish is of medium length with more spicy (peppery) and liquorice aromas. No bitter or drying notes but hints of dark chocolate in the end. Water is not needed.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose: peach, ripe juicy apricot, fresh sour zesty blood orange and grapefruit, light woody spice, a little mint, the nose is very delicate it takes a little to understand her but then actually does not even drink anymore just smell

    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
      85 85
    • 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 88 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. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Cast Olila scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  9. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  10. kot1803 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

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