'The Scarlet Blossoms of Black Rock' – who comes up with that? Sounds almost like the title of a Tintin album. This Cardhu from the Speyside matured for 14 years in refill American oak before undergoing a finish in – drum roll – former red wine barrels! Okay, that's new for Cardhu, right? He appears for the third year in a row in this series.
Well, the nose is already very floral, even somewhat herbal, with soft notes of red fruit and something of baker's spices. Something of fresh apple pie, really.
Quite feisty on the palate, with a nice spicy prickle that gives the malt body. Again red, but also orchard fruit. Think apples, pears and strawberries, topped with creamy caramel. And then the spices kick in. I like this! The finish is a bit on the short side and goes back in a floral direction. Wow, what a pleasant surprise. Is just probably the tastiest Cardhu I have had to date.