A quietly assured extra-mature whisky that opens slowly with real finesse to reveal an exquisite structure appealing to the connoisseur: rich in body, yet still full of delicate Cardhu character.
|Distillery: Not forward, yet attractively natural and in time rich, balanced and very complex. Macerated fruits; pears, plums, cherries. Hints of pineapple develop a light, green, gooseberry-like edge. Delicate scents of wild rose, menthol and polished leather rise above a soft base of Christmas cake or buttery pastry. Water opens it all up elegantly without altering the main themes.
The WSD: Sweet peppered pineapple chunks, cherries, raisins and toffee come through initially with a rock salt edge. Then orange peel. So many layers. All subtle and elegant. (M)
|Distillery: A smooth and sweet taste, unctuous, yet with light and lively acidity. The soft, delicate, fruity core is cradled by rich, chocolate-edged flavours, the texture, chocolate and fruit combining to evoke a cherry liqueur chocolate truffle. Warming overall, its softer with water, when the balance of tastes remains the same, though lighter.
The WSD: Lots of fruit tipped towards tropical, creamy orange with spicy dried fruit. Nicely oily. Notes of leather and coconut develop with a milk chocolate topping. (M)
|Distillery: Exciting and complex, the conclusion is long, smooth, gently drying and rich in cocoa.
The WSD: The finish is gently warming and spicy. Its anarrhhhh moment, friendly but with a bitter edge.(M)