Kategoriarkiv: Glencadam

Glencadam 13 YO – The Re-awakening (Batch 2)

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first, honey sweetness and a thick maltiness create a sweet layer on top of a lot of fresh fruits. Watermelon, yellow pears and green apples come through, but it feels like there are more to be found. With time in the glass vanilla arrives, but it never take over from the original flavours. This is a sweet dessert whisky and it’s a very pleasant nose.

Mouth: It starts out sweet and dusty and it feels older than its 13 years. After a few seconds a spicyness prickles the toungue. It’s still malty and fruity. The fruitiness makes it very juicy and it’s now leaning towards sweet ripe clementines, but the fruitiness is now further back than on the nose. The honey and vanilla are slightly toned down which leave room for the oakiness to come through early.

Finish: The finish starts out very bright and spicy. The sweetness starts in the center and then slowly rolls out towards the edges. There’s marzipan and a floral note coming through just before the oak and the fruitiness return. The clementines are still in there but take a background role to a very nice oakiness. There’s just a hint of bitterness coming from the oak, but it’s enough to add some zest to the fruitiness. There are hazelnuts at the tail end and the floral notes survive for a long time. This is a very nice whisky all the way through.

Additional information
This expression is a limited edition bottling. This is batch 2 which consists of 5994 bottles. The bottle tried had no bottle number printed on the label. It’s aged in american ex-Bourbon barrels and it’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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.