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Cardhu 12 Year Old Simon Frères

Good in its Genre

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

2nd Feb 2017


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This 12 Year Old Cardhu was bottled ages ago for the French company Simon Frères in Paris. It is a 750ml bottle, meaning it is most likely a distillate from before I was born, which is always nice (but by no means a guarantee for quality, let me add). Bottled at 43% as opposed to nowadays' releases at 40%.

Honeysweet nose on pineapple cubes, sours and cola bottles - all from the candy store, mind you. Some freshly sawn grass and a bitter orange, but... unfortunately also a touch of OBE. Well, I guess that was to be expected. Luckily the sneakers do not linger.

The body is more than okay, oily and softly spiced. Think ginger, liquorice, pepper and a pinch of cinnamon. On the palate it is candy-like sweet again, but also somewhat herbal. Some green garden herbs. I actually quite like it.

The finish is sweet (surprise!) and spicy, but very short.

Good in its genre, I suppose. Better than today's offerings, at any rate.

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