Glencadam 15-year-old

Overall rating
84.56/100
votes
504
Whiskybase ID
WB39279
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Rather Dignified
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
American oak, ex Bourbon casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5021349761334
Added on
03 jan 2013 7:57 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 68.01

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Whisky reviews for Glencadam 15-year-old

57 users have left 60 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.56 points.

  1. Dogs2 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Overripe lemon, sweet lime, fruit muesli, pastry, very strong, spicy oak note, pepper. The light fruit notes are a little more reserved in the taste, sweet but also slightly acidic, light honey, vanilla? Pepper, again the strong, spicy oak note, almost a bit too much. Creamy, then quickly drying. Medium-length spicy finish. Overall more on the spicy side than on the fruity side. 3-4 drops of water on a dram make it a little more accessible for me, the demanding spiciness is reduced
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. BehindSpace scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. glen efze scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The rather dignified, a dignified whisky - let's see if the 15-year-old Glencadam can keep this promise. At least he has enough dignity not to pretend he can't keep. It is of decent age, the color is gracefully natural and no flavors have been filtered away. Matured in ex-Bourbon casks, it's a classic Glencadam.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      Slightly sweet tropical fruit gums stored in a wooden box. There are malty-sugar notes, icing sugar with light vanilla and a hint of pepper in the background. It's not all exciting - but certainly dignified for a sunny summer evening.
    • Taste
      The whisky starts with the sweetness of the fruit gums, then develops a noticeable oak aroma, is quite creamy and with a little good will also has a hint of milk chocolate. The alcohol is ok and doesn't burn - but it still lacks a little strength and concentration.
    • Finish
      It is not really sustainable, the fruit could be stronger, the wood a little deeper and more persistent.

      Dignity is such a thing – what do we call dignified? The Glencadam 15 definitely has the dignity of an honest whisky. It's not really complex or long-lasting. But it's a nice summer evening dram, the bourbon aging brings some fruit and some sweet-peppery freshness. Nevertheless, while drinking, the thought remains that something else has to come.

  4. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The nose is okay, but the cooling alcohol is a bit worrying. Fortunately, there is practically nothing to be felt on the palate and on the finish. At least the finish pleases, too unspectacular on the palate. Ultimately, a whisky that you can have drunk, but you don't have to.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Apple and pear, roasted aromas, vanilla, subtle liquorice, citrus fruit. Quite clearly the cooling alcohol in the nose
    • Taste
      82 82
      Soft and sweet, some apple and vanilla
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium finish. Sweet, nutty, subtle bitterness, light fruits, malt and oak. The alcohol is very well integrated.

  5. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Chiron scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  7. robse211 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. bankimate scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  9. hzs275 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Wolf68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  11. DrulyaSipper scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Not as good as Deanston 12, but has some interesting bitterness on aftertaste
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. ehelkur scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      On the nose, a bit floral, apples, honey and toffee.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Taste wise: honey, vanilla and fruits. Sour and sweet. Then barley sugars, a bit of citrus, peach marmalade and some spices, like cinnamon.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is quite sweet, quite long with some linguering honey

  13. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Malty, floral, fruity, grassy with an underlying mustiness of old books. Raisins, sultanas, pepper, almonds, pears, apples, tropical fruits, kiwi, barley sugar, vanilla. As with many whiskies, a few drops of water works wonders. It calls itself 'The Rather Dignified'. I rather agree.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 901: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz6C3rBpOz4 (89/100).

    "A fascinating whisky that I'm really enjoying because I'm finding it old-school, a retrospective, an old style of single malt."

    Ralfy review 708: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dfl4RpmKlPA (91/100). Ralfy's whisky of the year 2017.

    "A delicious, complex, thoroughly matured single malt which I wouldn't recommend for beginners but for anyone who's even just been a year into single malts."

  15. InbhirNis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    3cl sample at a very nice tasting by the Good Spirits Company, with Iain Forteath-Angus, Glencadam's Global Brand Ambassador and Master Blender.

    This one is 65% first-fill bourbon, described by Iain as a "bourbon bomb".

    Fun facts from the tasting: Glencadam uses Bairds Maltings in Arbroath; they've recently switched barley varietal from Concerto to Laureate; their fermentation is particularly aggressive ("like Krakatoa"); they're filling at 68.5% ABV due to limited warehousing space; the distillery was closed 2000-2003 before Angus Dundee bought it, meaning there's a 3-year production gap working its way through the range.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Much more refined than the 10yo, more mineral and floral where the 10 is fruity. Custard, farmy.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy (cinnamon) and oily, as demonstrated by rubbing a drop on your hand. But I narrowly prefer the 10yo here.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Longer and gentler than the 10, with a nice fade.

  16. mantas scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    very nice. keeps the floral taste from a 13yo, but also has an oaky falvour. smooth with a long lasting finish and aftertaste!

  17. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Viscous, creamy, lemon, apple pie and peach. A thick mouthfeel, citrus, mineral, pebbles, crème brûlée, almond, marzipan (Sinterklaas) candy, creamy vanilla and canned pineapples. With water it opens amazing and you get a complex harmony in your mouth. An absolute gem! Ends dry, lemon and even a hint of ash. Extra point for price/quality!

  18. Ficelli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  19. hlz30 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Decent quality but rather one-directinal. I am expecting more from a 15-year maturation.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Water used for boiling/steam corns. Vanilla, cream and wallnut. Giving the dram a longer period of decanting brought out the notes of coconut, lemon and lime. Watermellon juice and mild white lily in the empited glass
    • Taste
      85 85
      Medium body, round and no alcohol attack.
      Mildly sweet, then quickly diminished into rather bland tastes. The lime acidity came out with chewing. No bitterness at all, which was rather evident in the 10YO peer.
      Green apple, raised dough, grain bread, and a little bit of numbness brought by Szechuan pepper
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium. The tongue became oily as pleasantly coated by the milky cream. Some nuttiness (sesame) and lovely apple wax.

  20. MrDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 85pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is quite fresh and citric with notes of ripe lemons, vanilla followed by nice creaminess and minerality.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is fresh again and sour sweet with a profile of apricots, lemons with sugar and some chalk.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is medium lenght and has notes of vegetable, vanilla, fresh cut wood and wet stones.

  21. rdk88 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  22. MLE scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. Koning scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Same fresh and fruity character as the 10, but a bit sweeter and more complex. A honest bourbon matured malt with loads of character!

  25. Foudos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nearly as good as the 13-y.o. "The Re-awakening", which boasts a cleaner, crisper finish and therefore stays ahead by one point.
    • Nose
      87 87
      All on clean, citric fruitiness and dry, spicy oak. No frills, no tricks, nothing flashy, rather dignified indeed. Very deep and refined nose at this age; seems older than it is.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A freshly opened bottle (or sample) may come across as too tart and austere, but with time, air, and a splash of water it becomes a thing of beauty: Creamy, rich, jam-packed with super clean ex-bc flavors. Apricot, honey, assorted breakfast cereals, bitter (or blood) oranges, and a chalky minerality. Like many Glencadams, it becomes a bit bitter at the death, which may not be for everyone, but if you like this kind of style (which I do), it's pretty flawless. Also very condensed and rich for 46%; takes water well and keeps on changing with almost every glass you pour.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Glencadam can often seem as if it hailed from Speyside, but this one surely goes out like a robust Highlander. Barley sugars, indistinct vegetal notes, citric minerality, and plenty of power for the standard ABV.

  27. Whiskonaut scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    From a tasting by Glencadam 10, 15 and 21: Darker in the nose than the twenty-one year old, more plum, dark raisins. The taste is similar to that of the 21-year-old, surprisingly complex and intense for a 15-year-old. Both are excellent whiskys that can take a good splash of water. Glencadam is a real new discovery for me (only the Glencadam 10 is falling off sharply).
    An incredibly warm, beautiful mouthfeel when you drink this whisky. You have to let it stand a little before drinking it. Now I found out that it was Ralfy's Whisky of the Year 2017. Rightly so! very good value for money.

  28. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  29. Wolf68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      malted barley, grist, there
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  31. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Honest

    Halfway between Dundee and Aberdeen you’ll find the village Brechin, where the Glencadam Distillery was founded in 1825 (near the closed North Port-Brechin distillery, by the way). In 2003 the distillery was taken over by Angus Dundee Distillers PLC (who also own Tomintoul) that – besides bulk delivery to Ballantine’s and Stewart’s Cream of the Barely – really put this gentle Highlander on the map as a single malt. This 15 Year Old is labelled ‘The Rather Dignified’.

    Soft and very accessible nose on citrus fruit, vanilla, freshly cut grass with a hint of coconut, mint and green grapes.

    Very creamy on the palate with an immediate big pepperiness. Then a truckload of sweet and sour citrus fruit explodes on your palate. The whole is wrapped in vanilla and sweet barley sugars. A floral note shines through. Very fresh and summery.

    The finish is medium long on more of the same.

    Nothing earth shattering, but very honest for that price (around 60 EUR).

  32. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A quaffable malt that does not require too much analytics. A honey, spicy, vanilla profile with a dried apricot thrown in. A solid malt to share with friends, but not overly memorable.

  33. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    bought as it was ralfy whisky of the year for 2018. this is the kind of "lowland style highland" that he likes, similar to some balblairs. I like 'em too. my palate needs warming up before this but then it's really nice. 7-/10
    • Nose
      soft fresh pear and apple, gentle vanillins and oak spices giving a hint of the age. an subtle nose that works but doesn't wow.
    • Taste
      sweet and sour, medium bodied, and showing its maturity. malty sweetness intertwined with a green note and acidity - more on the acetic side than citrus. orange juice, some salted roasted nuts, indeed this one is bit 'maritime' as well. edit: as it's opening up more, the profile is more sweet forward, with barley sugar and swizzels refresher chews (a type of candy). nice!
    • Finish
      medium with the fruits from the nose and a good bit of oak.

  34. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    He wouldn’t call him Molt for every day, because the taste and aftertaste here is simply acidic and aggressive, but that’s interesting.
    • Nose
      Freshly cut green grass, then goes into hay, fresh bright citruses, lime, lemon, sour orange, white grapes, barrel.
    • Taste
      Sour bomb, lemon, lime, zest bitter, sour dry white wine, malt notes.
    • Finish
      Long and warming, slightly astringent, malt, haymaking, white grapes.

  35. Kaleva scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky, pleasant and easy going. It shows some complexity, with a fruity character but after a while opens very light smoky notes. Also it is priced fairly enough so the quality-price ratio is very good.
    • Nose
      Fresh, green pear, green apple, orange zest, vanilla touch, honey and strawberry notes
    • Taste
      Sweet, malty, soft spices, oat cookies, butter, touch of smoke
    • Finish
      Short, rather dry, nutty

  36. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A whisky with a very strong character with all the properties that one could wish for at a tasting. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but to discover something of everything. One of the good guys among the 15s.
    • Nose
      Roasted aromas over salted nuts with grassy floral notes with a hint of mint. A very balanced vanilla nose and slowly fading into citrus notes. Remains grainy and on the dry side. But fine.
    • Taste
      A very strong mouthfeel. The pepper plays the main role and distributes sweet malty notes. At the same time it keeps what the nose promised with a floral feeling.
    • Finish
      Medium and peppery, very pleasant. All in all, a recommendation from the PLV. Not a highlight! The 21 is much more adult.

  37. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      ripe fruits, beautiful coconut - butter biscuit sweetness
    • Taste
      fruity - sweet
    • Finish
      short

  38. Jordanite scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I bought this whisky shortly after Ralfy awarded it his Whisky of the Year 2017. It was something of a surprise to find that the community here at WB have rated it comparatively poorly. This is a subtle malt and impresses due to its refinement rather than its big in-your-face character. One might even say that it is rather dignified!
    • Nose
      The nose immediately reminded me of candied orange peel, however pear and soft strawberries are also present. Behind that sits a hint of brioche and the usual suspect of ex-Bourbon casks: vanilla.
    • Taste
      The arrival begins with a mouthwatering citrus hit followed by a clear cereal note. These flavours are lightly accompanied by hints of oak, wax and vanilla. The 46% strength is just nice for me with no alcohol burn. What stands out about this malt is the clarity. Despite containing a variety of flavours, each one stands in contrasting zones on the tongue.
    • Finish
      The oak spiciness grows stronger in the finish, but not unpleasantly so. Accompanying this is a lingering lemon tang and again, very slight vanilla.

      Review for 2014 bottling: L14 01104.

  39. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    he is also astringent but not as strong as the 10s
    I like it much better than the 10, which caresses the palate
    • Nose
      Pear and brown apple jump out of the glass, slightly raisins, sweetness, a bit dusty, a minimal smoky note
      Vanilla comes later and fights through, in addition to malt and even later a light Böllernote
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      sweet, sherry leicker, well spicy, oak is stronger, later becomes bitter again and a slight hint of sulfur (with a minimal furry feeling on tongue)
    • Finish
      medium to long
      Sweet and bitter change, oak is more, slightly earthy but that fits, slightly chocolate or chocolate

  40. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    08-06-2018
    • Nose
      77 77
      citric fruits
    • Taste
      86 86
      fruits, pepper
    • Finish
      83 83
      quite powerful peppery finish, hint of a green apple

  41. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The Complete Review is available on mrbarleycorn.com
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, slightly maritime, reminiscent of the northern Highlands cereal notes are the first thing in my nose and through my head. The freshness and fruit goes in the direction of citrus notes, but also apple and pear are to be found. After some time, caramel and some woody spicy notes emerge.
    • Taste
      On the tongue, the malt is first of all very creamy and really sweet. Then, with every second in the mouth intensifying tingling on the tongue. Caramel I can now recognize more clearly on the tongue. The cereal note is also to taste and harmonizes wonderfully with the citrus note of Glencadam. Apple and pears are back with the party, a little tamer than the nose but promised.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length, still sweet and malty-grained. Towards the end, a slightly woody spiciness comes through.

  42. Whisky101 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A really interesting dram that you should be able to get a lot from. 
    • Nose
      A really interesting and complex nose; you need some time to examine all of it. Cereals, porridge, honey, High alcohol at first, settles to lemon and salt notes (sea air in the background).
    • Taste
      A little sweetness at first, then it changes a lot and is not overly sweet. Creamy, vanilla but light, honey, spices, notes of oak. There is a lot going on in this whisky. It an take some water; this opens up more grassy and herbal notes, although you expect more fruit, it doesn't come and it goes in a very different direction. 
    • Finish
      Long. Changes over time from medium sherry to a slight sour sherry note. 

  43. Patrick93 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  44. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  45. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

      Tightly, juicy, very good for 15 years, the drink is incredible - a class berry-confectionery highlander.
    • Nose
        Restrained, dry, vanilla, creamy confectionery notes, ripe pear, gingerbread, sugar glaze, mineral tones - stone crumbs, grindstone, honey-floral shades.
    • Taste
        Viscous, sweet-berry, lemon, vanilla, oak, a little tar.
    • Finish
      Warming, sweet with mineral shades, light metal sour, fruit and berry pie, vanilla, cowberry, viburnum.

  46. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  47. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Elegant oak and vanilla sweetness. Barley sugar and a hint of salt.
    • Taste
      Medium body, light creamy and a herbal spiciness. Soft fruits (pear, peach). Oak wood with a few nuts in the back.
    • Finish
      Medium finish. Everything from the taste is still there in good balance and going down slowly. Wood and nuts staying a bit longer.

  48. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Glencadam 15 year old is sweet, woody and well made. The herbal notes provide real character and the dram deftly walks a line balancing sweet malts with spicy wood.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/glencadam-/glencadam-15-year-old/
    • Nose
      Grassy, herbal and floral. There’s a real spearmint running right the way through this. Toasted oats, earthy malts and salted nuts provide some additional interesting notes. There’s some well-balanced vanilla and a light brine which gives a fresh salinity to the experience.
    • Taste
      A solid mouthfeel which is sweeter and maltier than the nose. Subtle herbs and florals are still present, but play second fiddle to more cask elements – black pepper and a sappy, almost resinous note. Sweetness comes from toffee, and fudge.
    • Finish
      Medium, peppery and slightly astringent.

  49. valery77 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  50. pianoman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mild. Butter, yellow apples, a little vanilla. Unripe raspberries. Cow's milk, hay, brown bread.
    • Taste
      Raspberries with some pepper. Marzipan, milk chocolate. Medium.

  51. Martin1965 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: vanilla, caramel, light citrus notes Taste: vanilla, spices, oak Finish: Medium long and spicy Comment: Good strong and natural Malt - 87 points

  52. Laga93 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  53. Andytka3 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Green, raw cabbage and asparagus. Floral note and rich caramel. Could
    be a multiple casks, smell not the usual bourbon or sherry cask finish. Palate:- Quite light on palate, oaky and nutty, restrained sweetness.
    Not as spicy as the 10YO, a slight bite on tongue just to tingle your
    senses. Soft lemon skin bitterness. Not a everybody whisky, acquire
    taste.

    Finish:- Long and oaky. Woody flavor remains.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  54. Opeth83 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Superb whisky, very fruity, almost tropical nose, shame the taste and finish is not that fruity, but more malty, not as good as the 21 which has a much longer finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  55. Daan Tje scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  56. rpvdwel scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  57. Pumba scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    Stong initial taste of sweet fruit, citrus, light oaky.
    Round sweet taste of cherry, pear, apple, vanilla, dried fruit, cinnamon and other specimens.

    Aftertouch is long sweet and a bit midicinal

    Goes very well with a driedfruit- walnut cake.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  58. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  59. Alex scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Very fruity on the nose, loads of grapefruits with lots of acorn syrup gives it a rather sweet/syrupy aroma. The taste is very sweet on vanilla and more of the acorn syrup. Actually is tastes more like a bourbon than a single malt, which was unexpected but big fun

  60. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    tasted with Aby
    • Nose
      very fruit - apple and pear
    • Taste
      fruity, fudge - butter scotch, citrus and spices
    • Finish
      vanilla and spices - cinnamon

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