When drinking with my friends, I tend to go on about this distillery. They aren’t particularly well known, but that’s part of the fun I suppose. I’ve tried several from their core range and so far there hasn’t been a dud amongst them. If you haven’t tried them yet, give them a go. This bottle of the 15 year old is has been open for 6 months and is just under half full at the time of this review.
Nose: In keeping with the house style, this is immediately clean and fresh. Honey, ginger, grass, gooseberries, peaches, pears, and a hint of cranberry. There’s also something tropical here, like pineapple and faint coconut, but these notes aren’t as vivid as they are in the 10.
Palate: Medium, yet it maintains a good dose of creaminess, both in texture and in flavour. More bitter than the nose suggested, with grapefruit, grass, honey, wild cherry, and berries.
Finish: Medium in length. Grapefruit, cream, banana, black forest cake, ginger, and oranges. I often praise dynamism in a finish, but here I’m enjoying the consistency of flavour, which stays very true to the palate.
This is a lovely whisky. However I might like it even more if I weren’t comparing it to its siblings. The freshness, vibrancy, and sharpness of the 10 and the rich complexity of the 21 elevate them over the 15 in my opinion. But the bitter fruitiness is unique, the consistency between the palate and finish is good, and the crisp, delicate Glencadam house style never fails to satisfy. Recommended.
Hah well I'll be home in Montreal next month, so let me know if you want some of that sweet sweet Red in exchange for any Glencadam you've got! ;)
I second, in my opinion Glencadam is one of the hidden gems in the industry. Maybe we should stop promoting their whisky, then there will be more for the rest of us.