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cadenhead’s — Dramming


Auchroisk 24 yo 1989/2013 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 22, 2014

This is still quite a nice whisky, despite the slight sulphur influence. Overall it is a bit on the sweet side. – Rating: 84/100

Aberlour 23 yo 1989/2013 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 20, 2014

Bourbon casks are rather unusual for this distillery, but this does not have to mean this whisky is more boring than your usual sherry cask Aberlour. A fine creamy malt with nice fruity flavours. – Rating: 86/100

Girvan 33 yo 1979 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 17, 2014
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Don’t be fooled by the light colour, this excellent grain whisky is very flavour-intensive but still has a light character. – Rating: 87/100

Bowmore 13 yo Cadenhead Small Batch

June 29, 2014
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An excellent younger Bowmore that shows what this distillery is capable of. The combination of fruit and peat here is almost perfect. – Rating: 88/100

Pulteney 21 yo 1990/2012 Cadenhead’s

March 7, 2013
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The spices are quite dominant here, especially with a bit of water. The fruit flavours barely manage to keep up. – Rating: 83/100

Ardbeg 17 yo 1994/2011 Cadenhead’s

July 30, 2012

The peat is unusually strong and medicinal in this older Ardbeg. Everything is very clean and very dry, not overly complex but truly delightful. – Rating: 90/100

Lochside 1981/2011 Cadenhead’s

March 27, 2012

An execllent light bodied dram with lots of depth despite its subtle character. Everything is in its place in this flawless whisky. – Rating: 90/100

Glenlossie 1975/2011 The Whisky Agency

February 29, 2012

Rather unusually, this malt has a pretty ‘uneventful’ nose, but there is a lot going on on the palate. Not really a cracker, but interesting in a positive way. – Rating: 84/100

Mortlach 1987/1995 Cadenhead’s

September 25, 2011

As could be expected, this young bourbon cask Mortlach is not really typical, but it is a very nice malt anyway. A single digit age is not a problem at all here.
– Rating: 83/100

Laphroaig 16 yo 1994 Cadenhead’s

May 26, 2011

This fine peated dram has got the typical Laphroaig tang, but it is not quite as flavour-laden as the standard distillery bottlings, probably because it does not seem to have been matured in a first fill cask. – Rating: 85/100

Glen Elgin 30 yo 1978 Cadenhead’s

May 24, 2011

A rich and well-rounded malt that doesn’t show its age. It is easy to drink but still pretty complex. The nose is splendid, but the palate can’t quite keep up. – Rating: 83/100

Glentauchers 12 yo 1998 Cadenhead’s

May 23, 2011

A light and fruity aperitive-style malt. It has a good balance of flavours and is surprisingly smooth enjoyed neat. – Rating: 82/100

Mortlach 16 yo 1994 Cadenhead’s

May 22, 2011

If you like Mortlach for its trademark meaty style, you might be disappointed with this bottle because it has an entirely different character. It is very dry and spicy without many other flavours to balance it out. – Rating: 73/100

Glenesk 1982/1997 Cadenhead’s

March 25, 2011

A very spicy malt with an impressive nose. But on the palate there seems to something missing to balance out the spiciness. – Rating: 81/100

Rosebank 1991/2008 Cadenhead’s

November 26, 2010

A nice straightforward dram with a good balance of sweetness, fruit and spice, but certainly not one of the best Rosebanks out there. – Rating: 81/100

Convalmore 1977/1998 Cadenhead

March 27, 2010

A very “beefy” and extremely complex malt, all elements are very well balanced. The first herbal whisky I really loved. – Score: 93/100

Royal Brackla 1992/2005 Cadenhead

March 8, 2010

A straightforward but quite enjoyable bourbon cask whisky. – Score: 82/100

Mannochmore 1992/2006 Cadenhead

March 6, 2010

This is sherry gone crazy, just too much of it in my opinion. The chemical nose puts me off as well. But I am sure some will love this dram. – Score: 75/100

Craigellachie 1994/2007 Cadenhead

February 25, 2010

I’m not a big fan of herbal malts, but this one is really nice. The complex aromas need some time to develop, though. – Score: 85/100

Ardbeg 1993/2008 Cadenhead’s

November 9, 2009

This is a fantastic dram. Strong peat perfectly balanced with strong vanilla. almost no sweetness in here and only a little fruit. – Score: 93/100