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I have been expanding my whisky collection with bottles from distilleries I have not previously experienced. Glencadam is another one of those.
This is very pale in the glass, definitely a natural colour, NCF (non chill filtered). Short legs. The nose is floral, grassy with sharp green apples. Hint of sawdust and synthetic pear drops. Sweet.
The mouth feel is very soft. Initial hit of pepper and spiced oak that evolves into apples, vanilla and barley. The finish has a peppery bite with more barley and is fairly short.
A pleasant drop and a good example of a Highland single malt. It is well made and good value for money.
This was rated at 95 by Jim Murray in the 2015 Whisky Bible. He knows his stuff no doubt, I obviously have a different scoring system as it seems a bit high for me.
What I would say it that this dram really benefits from breathing. There is a dramatic (get it? dram-a-tic...never mind) difference once it has had 20-30 minutes in the glass.