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Glencadam 10 Year Old

The Rather Delicate?

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

18th Feb 2010


Glencadam 10 Year Old
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The distillery, established in 1825, has changed owners a few times, the last time being in May 2003. The distillery then became the property of Angus Dundee Distillers. Most of the Glencadam production goes into the Ballantines blend, but under the new owners, several official bottelings were marketed, including this 10 Year Old, since the end of 2008.

The owners gave this dram the label 'the Rather Delicate Highland Malt’. Really? Well, he's not tinted nor chill filtered and bottled at 46%, so they are off to a good start.

The nose is all grassy and citrusy tones with some spicy oak. A little sharper than anticipated, but nothing overly dramatic. Quite nice.

On the palate, those same tones play nicely together, but the whole is well packed in a sweet wrapping. A little crispy, in fact. Nice!

I thought the finish was rather short, but nevertheless very agreeable.

I wouldn't label this one 'delicate', but it's still a very nice entry malt. Pretty good actually. This could easily be a daily dram or the kind of malt you could present to a novice to introduce him/her to the wonderful world of whiskies. Very drinkable, but nothing fancy.

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kian commented

I just bought the 15 yo and like you commented about the 10 yo its anything but delicate,it starts a little too salty for my liking but does redeem itself a little with a malty and fruitness after.But for me the initial salty notes ruin it a bit, defineltly hard work and not one for for beginners-my most dissapointing whisky so far

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