Six single cask single malts from Cadenhead
| 6 Dec 2011 |
Here are the first of the whiskies I tried at the "Whisky Ship"
in Zürich last weekend:
Aberlour 1989 21 y.o. (57.5%):
From a bourbon hogshead (unusual for Aberlour). Nice, fresh, fruity nose with notes of citrus (lemon drops), oak and
mint. Fairly light palate with sweet fruits and oaky spices in a very nice balance. Oaky, dry finish (slightly disappointing).
Bladnoch 1990 21 y.o. (53.5%):
Fresh, fruity nose with notes of lemon and lime, also oak and vanilla. Quite nice yet a little sour. Fruity palate with
notes of citrus and mint. At first briefly sweet, then drying, develops notes of oak and cardboard. Not bad, but
a little dull. Dry, mostly oaky finish. All in all disappointing despite the promising nose.
Caperdonich 1980 27 y.o. (56.8%):
On the nose it's nice yet a little shy with notes of honey, orange marmalade and vanilla. Sweet palate with honey and citrus.
Also oaky and a little spicy. Notes of vanilla and custard. Fresh, smooth and balanced. Nice finish with notes of oak, orange
and peppermint. Surprisingly light and fresh for its age. (From the Chairman's Stock line.)
Glenfarclas 1990 21 y.o. (54.3%):
Unusually for Glenfarclas, this came from a bourbon hogshead.
Fresh, interesting nose with notes of apples, pears and calvados. Unfortunately also a sour, disturbing note. Very nice
palate, however: sweet, fruity and zesty, also oaky. Drying, develops more oak. Dry, oaky, spicy finish. Disappointingly dry.
Glenlossie 1993 18 y.o. (sherry wood, 55.1%):
Quite nice nose with notes of oak, gingerbread, cardamom and honey. Big, very oaky palate with dried fruits (reminiscent
of a Spanish brandy). Sweet at first, then drying. Develops gingerbread. Oak and gingerbread on the finish. Dry yet nice.
All in all powerful and quite sherried but rather nice.
Pulteney 1990 21 y.o. (56.7%):
On the nose it's a little shy yet nice and fresh with notes of citrus, vanilla, custard, oak and peppermint. Rich, chewy palate.
Sweet, fruity and fairly oaky with notes of honey, orange marmalade and malt. Very nice! Oaky, fairly spicy finish. Nice
and complex with notes of citrus, spongecake and mints. Black pepper at the end.
William Cadenhead Ltd
All my tasting notes on whisky from Cadenhead's
A review of single malts from the Czech Republic, England, Germany, India, Sweden and Taiwain.
Six Irish whiskeys
A review of Green Spot, Yellow Spot, Tullamore Dew 12, Redbreast 12, Powers John's Lane and Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy.
Index of all articles