All in all a very interesting and complex dram that is rather delicate without the designed "WOW" effects of many modern whiskies. A candid dram at a fair price and a good opportunity to explore this often overlooked distillery. But certainly not a whisky for all those that adapted to the modern designed profiles of "hit and run" already...
They added no caramel to this dram despite its light colour of pale straw. This is very honest and sets an example for the big groups: Dear SWA - please ban the use of caramel on all single malts as we drinkers want to see the true (and not tampered with) colour of our drink!!! The texture shows late slow legs and even later fat sticky tears (a great oiliness that promises a nice mouthfeel). The nose is very fruity on fresh apples and cider with a dash of lemon juice in a nice honey and spicy setting. Subtle and delicate, I like it!
The taste offers this typical and sometimes confusing Glencadam amalgam of malty, sugary, fruity and slightly bubble gum-ish flavours that you either like or not. But it is very interesting to explore regardless of your preferred taste, for sure. By the way, I like it...
The mouthfeel is exactly as the great texture promised: warming with slight peppery moments and instantly coating, very nice. The finish adds some stronger wooden notes that are very welcomed to provide more structure to this melting pot of flavours and aromas. And it is rather long (yes, the texture indicates this as well). Water is not needed.