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Cardhu 12-year-old

Overall rating
78.22/100
votes
11
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
The Cummings of Cardhu
Bottle code
L6110IX000 04454163
Barcode
5000267102566
Added on
06 Feb 2017 7:06 am by peatbogger
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 35,00

one in wishlist

Level Username
Expert Senior DB1965

11 × member ratings

Level Username Rating
Expert Senior Leon Fal
83
Connoisseur hs305
81
Expert Junior nomad_soul
80
Expert Senior Hemdl
79
Expert Junior malthead
78
Specialist peatbogger
78
Member Senior coldsun
78
Expert Junior WhiskyGB
77
Member Junior JBrugman
77
Member Senior Spiceweasel
76
Member Senior vorlo
69

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Finish
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Tastingtags

6 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
11 Sep 2017 8:41 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 81 points

[September, 2017]  I had this dram (bottled 2017) in a blind head-to-head tasting "OLD vs. NEW" versus an old 12-year Cardhu bottling (most probably from the mid-eighties) https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/18241/cardhu-12-year-old during a FoSM club tasting in Bonn. 

Colour:  The colour of both drams is about the same at jonquiripe corn (of course, as they use caramel to fix it).  Maybe OLD is half a shade darker.  The texture of OLD shows late legs and fat sticky tears.  NEW's texture is about the same.

Nose:  NEW offers a less intense nose than OLD mostly on yellow fruit, malty and grassy aromas.  It is slighty spirity and musty.  OLD's nose is richer on apricots and other fruits, currants, vanilla, maltiness and some adorable OBF's.  OLD is neither spirity nor musty and not grassy.  I clearly prefer OLD on this dimension.

Initial mouthfeel:  OLD is warming and a little coating (just the tongue) with no distracting moments.  NEW is less oily and not coating at all.  Guess what I like?

Taste:  NEW again is flatter than OLD with a slightly drying and musty flavours profile.  Some raisins pop up besides the malty sweet and spicy wooden notes.  OLD is richer and sweeter on a nice fruity and malty profile.  It offers peaches, apricots and barley sugars in abundance.  Again this round wins OLD clearly.

Finish:  OLD has a medium length finish with no off-notes or bitter/drying moments.  It is very enjoyable on the same fruity-malty profile as the taste.  The finish of new is shorter on herbal notes and some drying wooden notes (Do they use some virgin oak casks in these batches due to the cask shortage crisis?).  Yes, OLD wins all four dimensions without any question.

The FoSM club voting won OLD by 17 votes versus 3 for NEW (and one draw).  This blind tasting showed a significant difference of the flavour profiles and the quality of the spirits (even when discounting any mysterious "bottle maturation" effects on OLD).  It seems as if the 12-year Cardhu moved into a grassy-herbal flavours profile instead of the old fruity-malty one (so fermentation time is shorter today - to maximise throughput?).  And the newer bottling is less oily and hence of a weaker mouthfeel and finish (Do they run the stills faster due to the whisky boom?).  I like the old one as an easy dram to sip but would not buy or drink a new bottling at all...

Weighted Rate
81.4
Nose
82
Initial taste
81
Body
82
Finish
79
Price
81
Presentation
85
There is no accounting for taste...
coldsun
Member Senior coldsun Note
05 Mar 2018 6:11 pm
coldsun gave this whisky 78 points

Sweet taste and flavor with nice finishing notes. It doesn't feels like "heavy" drink. This whiskey has good sweet, light and smooth smell and taste.

Spiceweasel
Member Senior Spiceweasel Note
14 Dec 2017 10:44 pm
Spiceweasel gave this whisky 76 points

Komplett unspektakulär, was für den Preis zu erwarten ist. Das soll nicht heißen, er ist schlecht, nur tue ich mir irgendwie schwer ihn einzuordnen.

Hemdl
Expert Senior Hemdl Tasting note
12 Oct 2017 9:17 am
Hemdl gave this whisky 79 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Sehr leicht und mild. Florale und gräserne Noten, etwas Honigsüße und ein paar helle Früchte im Hintergrund. Nicht schlecht, könnte aber deutlich intensiver sein.

Taste

Weiche und milde Textur, wohl auch dem geringen Alkoholgehalt geschuldet. Braucht auf der Zunge einige Momente, bis er sich wirklich entfaltet. Auch hier süßlich und leicht fruchtig, mit dezenter Eiche und minimal würzigen Noten. Auch hier keine Fehlnoten, ein handwerklich sauberer Malt, dem schlicht der letzte Kick fehlt.

Finish

Eher kurz und recht flach. Ein paar Eichennoten mit der Tendenz zur Bitterkeit, das war es auch schon.

Comments

Für Einsteiger gibt es definitiv schlechtere Malts, soviel ist sicher. Gef#llt mir im Vergleich besser als die neuen Glenfiddich oder Glenlivet in diesem Preissegment.
Solider Malt ohne derbe Schwächen, wobei ihm 43% sicherlich auch nicht geschadet hätten.

peatbogger
Specialist peatbogger Review note
06 Feb 2017 3:56 pm
peatbogger gave this whisky 78 points
Weighted Rate
77.7
Nose
80
Initial taste
75
Body
78
Finish
77
Price
77
Presentation
80
peatbogger
Specialist peatbogger Tasting note
06 Feb 2017 3:05 pm
peatbogger gave this whisky 78 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Light, fruity and surpricingly fresh.

Lots of juicy apples and a few peaches.
Mild fudge, very faint vanilla and oak.
Taste

Very light,almost watery, sweet malt, some hazelnutts arriving midway. Burnt honey turning spicy.

Finish

Spice lingers a little, turning slightly bitter, dry and woody.

Comments

A bit simple, but if you're not out to overload the senses it's very drinkable.

I like the bottle shape which sits well in the hand when pouring, as well as the flared opening with the oversized wood topper.

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