Glencadam 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Rather Dignified
Stated Age
15 years old
American oak, ex Bourbon casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Jan 2013 7:57 pm

Average value

€ 66.92

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Whisky Reviews for Glencadam 15-year-old

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.37 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    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).

  6. 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. 6/10
    • 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky 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."

  10. 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.


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