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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Wednesday, 5 December 2012


Located in the East Highlands in the town of Brechin, Glencadam is one of those malts that live its life in relative anonymity... and up until a few years ago only few connoisseurs enjoyed its malts.

Then in 2008 the distillery's range was relaunched by owners Angus Dundee Distillers, along with Tomintoul Distillery in Speyside. The Glencadam abv% was upped to 46% and the packaging got a facelift rather than an upgrade - no need for big extensive price raising packaging, right?

Below we have an older expression that has also spent some time in an old Gaja Barolo cask, which usually -along with Port casks- IMO works ok as wine finishes go...

Glencadam 1977 32yo 15.06.1977/2009, 48,7%, cask#3080, Gaja Barolo Finish, Creative Whisky Company

Colour is light amber with a red hue

Earthy, vanilla and mild spice, a bit ethereal? Ginger and curry with just a hint of red fruit and some slightly metallic notes.

Earthy spices, sweet oak, hint of honey and heather and wet newspaper. Water brings out a more herbal side along with a little cumin.

Strange creature this one, I think and not the best old Glencadam I've had (the others not reviewed on this blog), but not bad either - a malt in the middle...


1 comment:

  1. Doesn't sound extremely attractive. Thanks for reviewing Claus. I haven't tasted anything from Glencadam as yet. Cheers, Jan