Glencadam 12yo Portwood | 46.0% | Highland
, Scotland founded: 1825 | active
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Meet #11 | 04/06/11 | Hosted by Phil at The Cambs
A bottle recommended in Bow Bar (Edinburgh) and put to the whisky club. Although very much enjoyed in the pub, it fared less well when taste-tested next to the Blair Athol 12yo. Still, some interesting fruity flavours emerged..
We're behaving like a bunch of Cox, this is seriously appley on the nose, with slight variation on the definition: apple sours, appletiser, dried apple and a couple of apples in their own right. It's very fruity and sweet, and all but 2 flavours identified are fruits - other than apple, there's banana, rhubard, plum, stewed pear and grapes. Completing this nasal pudding, why not have a bit of meringue and vanilla ice cream on the side? Certainly a consistently fruity nose.
The sweet fruitiness of the nose continued on into the taste, but pumped up a bit in intensity. Now we've got prunes, fig, raisins, vanilla and kirsch. The sweetness is less dessert and more breakfast with plum jam and golden syrup raising their hands. There's also a vivacious tang coming through, best described by the presence of ginger, vinegar and - sticking it all together - some blue tac.
One of many interesting finishes from Glencadam, this is a recent arrival that's going down well.
Finish & Comments
In the aftertaste, the sweetness fades a little, but we've still got the consistency of the fruitiness to rely on, in this case in the form of pineapple. A bit of toffee keeps the sweet flag flying but soon fades to a slight saltiness and finishes with a slight dulling: mostly leather and tannins.
We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.
67 / 100
Detailed scores (out of 10)
Tasting Game Points (out of 5)
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