Cardhu 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
by John Walker & Sons Ltd.
Added on
19 Feb 2009 5:56 pm

Average value

€ 171.01

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45 × member ratings

128 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Cardhu 12-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.72 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Theres a mixture here of some favourable notes and some less so. Smells like a 50/50 single malt and affordable blend combo. I like the honeyed, salty, caramel nuttiness and the odd waft of soapy citrus, indicative of Speyside, but then it shows another altogether more ungainly side - mouldy, dusky casks, fermented satsumas and a murkiness associated with many blends. As this settles, the less favourable elements settle down, the nuttiness becomes huskier and it becomes so malty you can smell the yeasty wash back.
    T: Citrus initially although the sprit is soft to the palate, but after a few sips it reveals itself to be a relaxed sweet malt mouthful with a touch of salt. The wash back maltiness re-reveals itself when the caramel subsides. Figs, hints of orange and toffee help to maintain flavour interest. Wood, pepper and spirit build together nicely.
    F: Orange and waxy aniseed freshness manage to overcome the nutty caramel, fudge reprise with a long malty sustain.
    C: Good, well balanced, accessible malt. The nose is its biggest drawback but everything else is working although its clearly subdued with the abv and added E150a. Overall, this 12yo lacks firepower and complexity but this would make for a very good introductory single malt for a novice and/or blend drinker.

    Scores a C+

  2. The_Independent scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The nose in particular is much nicer than the 2017 bottling that was tasted at the same time. Here you can see the higher quality of the seventies bottling. Still a comparatively unspectacular whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Starts cautiously in the glass, takes time to open and then becomes very round and aromatic.
      Ripe, juicy yellow fruits, fruit salad, a slight tropical note, honey, vanilla, some cooling alcohol.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Mild, oily, very well integrated alcohol. Sweet, spicy, honey, mead, fruit notes, light bitter notes, maybe a little salt (?).
    • Finish
      79 79
      Quite short, creamy, sweet, milk chocolate. Unfortunately a bit disappointing.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2015]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 62 Euro in January, 2015.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.  My notes simply state "Super Trinkstoff!" (easy drinkable stuff).

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Malt Hans scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and malty aroma, vanilla, green apples, oranges, ripe melon, mint and mango. Vanilla sweet taste, mint, nutmeg, orange marmalade, toffee and malt. Medium long, sweet and malty end.


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