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Overall rating
88.41/100
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Category
Blend
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
43 years old
Casktype
Oak Casks
Strength
44.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
02 Oct 2016 8:32 am by RoyalScotsman
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 233.19

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Whisky Reviews for William Cadenhead 43-year-old CA

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.41 points

  1. Defeatless scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    This is a very good nose. There is some glue in here, which comes from the old grain. But it fades away for very mellow, designated old whisky notes. There is some oak, fudge, old bookshop, fruit cake and so on in here. Something to keep sniffing and sniffing.
    This is very, very good!

    Taste:
    This is how only really fine and very mature whisky's can taste. It is a bit sweet and sour, but also a very nice and decent 'hardy' note. There is some oak, there is some citrus (still!), some fudge and caramel in here. Very nicely balanced and layered whisky

    Body:
    Full, creamy and mellow

    Finish:
    Long. The finish is a tad sour, but it is very good. It begins with a burst of vanilla and caramel. Then there is some of the wood, and it fades away with a sour note.

    Price:
    We could manage to get one for €190,-. Which is an excellent deal.

    Presentation:
    Sober, which is fine! Very transparent info on the bottle!

    Comments:
    This is a very good blend, probably the best blended I've ever tasted.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I just arrived in Campbeltown for the upcoming festival, so this is a good reason to re-taste this delicious old Cadenhead blend.  It is composed of 45 per cent malt (Glenfarclas & Glenlivet) and 55 per cent grain (Invergordon), I bought a bottle for 153 Euro.

    The colour is deep copper and the texture shows a few slow legs and late fat tears.  The nose... YES, there it is:  tons of OBFs (adhesive glue, lacquer paint, nail varnish remover), simply great!  And delicious old sherry and fruity aromas with surprisingly low wooden notes (given the 43 years in cask).  Great complexity and balance, I guess a trained nose could easily smell 20+ different aromas in here. 

    The first mouthfeel is astonishingly fresh, smooth and mellow.  It coats the whole mouth without any hot or adstringent moments.  Again no bitter woody notes after all the decades.  The taste rolls in different waves over your tastebuds and is centered around old-school sherry and grainy flavours, all imbedded in a sound (but never bitter or drying) wooden structure.  Dozens of flavours all in great harmony.  The finish gets more chocolatey than the body and now, at its very end the first slight bitter tannins pop up (unbelievable late and never unpleasant, rather chewable).  Some drops of water open up the nose and smoothen the taste/finish even further, I like it that way better.  But be cautious not to add too much of it as this dram flattens quickly.

    This whisky shows that sometimes less is more:  Just three ingredients form a great blend, one to sniff and chew for hours if you adore such old-style complex stuff.  And to state it again for all that experience OBFs (old bottle flavours) the first time - these unusual (solvent) aromas on the nose indicate real great drams!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    What more can you say. This is fantastic stuff!!

    Age doesn’t guarantee anything. I've tasted young whiskies that where way better matured and balanced than older 20+ years whiskies. But with this one Cadenhead did one hell of a job!! This is without a doubt top 5 material for me. 

    Make sure you pour a glass and leave it for at least 30 minutes. Let it breath and get rid of the typical extreme glue smell a grain whisky gives at the start. If you don’t, you won’t enjoy it i think. After 30 minutes 1 single drop of water and keep sniffing!
    • Nose
      Oomph....alright. There is age..age..and...age! Some leather notes and a lot of very ripe fruits like apples, pears and also dried red fruit. There is a great balance going on inhere between the malts and the grain. Man-o-man what a nose!  Sophisticated and so well aged! You can smell this whisky has got a very good body which is also very fragile.
    • Taste
      Age is all over this one. Again very ripe fruits! The grain really lifts the malts and gives it a subtle, well rounded flavor. Old, wet wood notes. At first it appears to be a little thin, but it soon starts to give a , soft, subtle, well balanced, creamy and a little oily experience. It’s like your mouth gets wrapped in a silky, buttery layer all around.
    • Finish
      Just beautiful! This one keeps you company for quite a while. My tip: just don’t eat, drink or brush your teeth anymore after this. It ends up sweet and woody accompanied with some Caramel fudge and vanilla and leaves you with a silky feeling.

  4. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. greg_0277 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I did not expect much from the high proportion of grain (I'm not a fan) but I was pleasantly surprised. The nose evokes old sherry: dusty furniture, leather, dried fruit, a little solvent, varnish. The mouth is marked by sugar: caramel, fudge, a smoked veil. A little wood. Alcohol is very well integrated.
    The final is the weak point, quite short and does not bring anything new. It is drunk very well, it's good, not excessive compared to the advertised age but perhaps a little unbalanced question value for money.

  6. Rowald Sweet Empire scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great great blend. The 55% Invergordon is in perfect balance to the 45% Glenfarclas/Livet. Toffee, nuts..very nutty, some coffee and a tender sweetness. 

  7. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of MaltNose: Digestive biscuit, thick barley, chocolate and Sherried raisins. Subtly elements of stone fruit.Palate: The old oak starts to show much more on the palate, with golden syrup and chopped nuts alongside.Finish: Orange oil, vine peaches, peppery spice.

  8. Malinois scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at Spirits In The Sky 2017 7/13

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2016]  I found this dram in an advents calendar sampled by Cadenhead.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 92,5.  My
    notes state simply: Delicious!

  10. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blog
    I know by now everyone knows all the things, but just incase you missed it, it consists of ‘45% malt and 55% grain, the whiskies are from Glenfarclas, Glenlivet and Invergordon’ [Cadenhead]. It’s really not a bad a price [€219, Apr ’17], given the age and the 45% malt content.
    N: Im nosing plenty of straight Invergordon but with a burned & buttery vanilla note, pink [strawberry] ice-cream, foosty-sweet dunnage bourbon-sugar globules, grassy dried lemon moving to a dense lemon drizzle cake, sweet & sweaty picnic food, some old larder activity… bits of Action Man [the hands especially] – I’ll stop there! In short: foosty, dry and fruity.
    T: Comes in somewhat creaking yet with pursed lips, determined to put on a show. More burnt rubber [from the Glenfarclas I imagine], but that’s a sideline really. It’s very fruity [grain-fruity], with more burnt sugars, before all those years in oak come to light.
    F: Burnt vanilla, sweet oily varnish and match smoke. It’s rather dry with lots of oaky grain vanilla cream. More burnt match at the death, more soft & sour vanilla cream and more oak with a dry grapey char. A deceptively long finish given time.
    C: Even though the majority of blends usually contain a 60/40 or 70/30 grain-to-malt ratio, best think of this as a ‘malt assisted’ single grain whisky. It’s the Invergordon that clearly leads. I perceive the Glenlivet to be a compliant passenger whilst the Glenfarclas has come along to mix things up a little. Very interesting indeed – a grain with a difference. Thanks to Chris from soundofwhisky.com for the sample.

    Scores a B[+]

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