Review No.97. Glencadam 15 Year Old

Glencadam is a distillery that is located at the lower end of the highlands to the east of Scotland.  It was briefly closed between 2000-2003 when it was purchased by Angus Dundee who also own Tomintoul.  Their range is quite easy to navigate, there is their entry level non age statement named Origin 1825 then there is the 10, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21 & 25 year old.  Their style is light and delicate.  I skipped the 10 year old and went straight in for the 15 year old bottle as it was available as a miniature and it had received high praise from Ralfy!


Whisky: Glencadam 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, 46%

Nose: Honey, citrus, malt, grass, leather, earthy

Taste: Malt, citrus zest, grapefruit, melon, coastal salt, bitter oak

Finish: Coastal salt, black tea, oak

Score: 2.75

Summary: Lots of malt present here which is quite nice.  It starts of with a bit of honey spice and citrus but then gets overtaken by savoury/coastal notes.  I am not sure if this is matured near the coast but I certainly get the sense that there is a coastal influence – or maybe some gentle peat or ex-peat casks. The savoury notes become stronger over time but not in a bad way.  46% strength seemed OK for me on this one and I found that I only needed a drop of water to open this one up a little.  This offers something a bit different to the mainstream highland malts in that it carries a nice maltiness.  Pleasant stuff.  Glencadam bottle some of their core range as miniatures, I will be getting hold of these.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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