GLENCADAM 21 year old, Cask Strength at 56.3%, 85 points

Region: Highlands
Distillation Year: 1991
Bottling Year: 2012
ABV: 56.3%

Glencadam has been operating since 1825 and is owned by one of the smaller players in the whisy business, Angus Dundee who also own Tomintoul.

Here is an independent review of this whisky: 85 points

Nose: Honeyed malt with lime–just a touch to start but then it expands. Very mild toasted wood with buttery vanilla comes out next. With time the lime gets a little more musky and a touch peppery, and the whole gets a little sweeter. Not a whole lot of change with water.

Palate: Very much as on the nose but much more intense. More honey than lime perhaps, and much sweeter than on the nose; in general, it’s all about the malt and the buttery/vanilla notes. A little hot but very nice texture anyway. On the second sip there’s more wood but it’s not tannic or astringent at all. Water makes the lime punchier and more peppery.

Finish: Long’ish. Pretty much the flavours of the palate fading out. As on the palate with water.

Comments: This is a laid back reminder of why it’s called malt whisky. Its pleasures are delicate and undemanding–a good one to sip on as you read. Very nice but you can get whiskies with the same general profile for quite a bit less.

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