Glencadam 21 YO

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is vanilla and dried fruits. At first there are assorted dried fruits and berries together with a layer of vanilla sitting up front. There’s apricots, raisins and a hint of coconut comes and goes. In the background there are notes of dust and oak. There seem to be a slight gap between the front and the back. With time the layers do seem to connect and cinnamon and a thicker maltiness seem to arrive at the same time. This is a lovely nose with a nice balance, once it has settled in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out sort of backwards compared to the nose. All the dust and oak and hints of the age is coming through up front and the fruitiness is now in the background. There’s a nice coffee and dark chocolate bitterness together with a thin sweetness with honey and vanilla. The fruits are darker and they are a lot different now. It’s more like prunes and raisins and they are creating an almost unnoticable layer in the back.

Finish: It transitions almost seemlessly from the mouth to the finish and the top notes of coffee and dark chocolate remain. There’s a savory note slowly increasing in intensity in the back. The fruitiness makes a quick jump up to the front layer, but immidiately gets pushed back and out on the sides. When the oak comes through it seems like it’s been in there all along waiting for its turn. It’s a somewhat sudbued oakiness with hints of pecan. This is a nice whisky, but the taste doesn’t live up to the things the nose promises.

Additional information
This is nicknamed ”The Exceptional malt”. It’s aged in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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