A much-loved single malt, Cardhu is an easygoing, charming Speysider. With clean, crisp oak and sweet malt evoking flavours of honeyed flapjacks and home-made caramel squares, this is one for the sweet-toothed among you.
While it’s not often seen here in the UK, Cardhu is the biggest selling single malt whisky in Spain, with its soft, sweet character the perfect match for the warm climate.
Cardhu 12 is the perfect drink for the summer – it's great on its own, but why not try it with a block of ice, or served long with a splash of water, mizuwari style.
Nose: At full strength, heady, nose prickle, pear drops and tightly integrated heather, resin and sweet honey-nut notes. Enticing. Intriguing. With a little water, still harmonious but less pronounced, allowing some malt-cereal, soft, spicy wood, moorland and faint traces of wood-smoke to appear.
Body: Soft, pleasing, medium.
Palate: Palate Well balanced, smooth mouthfeel; short punch, sweet and fresh, then a pronounced drying effect. Enjoyable at any time, with little or no water.
Finish: Quite short. Some lingering sweet smoke in the attractive, drying aftertaste.
Customer Reviews:(45 reviews)
this drink have only one problem you can't have enough of it, price quality is perfectly balanced, every drop of it deserves the money you spent for it.
- skeleton, 21st May
I was given a bottle for my birthday and it was one of the nicest whiskies that I have ever had the pleasure of tasting and I have sampled many in my time. I am going on holiday in the not too distant future and I shall be making sure that a bottle of this fine whisky will be accompanying me.
- Laird Ibbotson, 28th Oct '13
I was given this for a present, not hugely impressed by the contents: it's an OK Speyside malt but there is something slightly cardboardy / bitter about the taste for me. Glenrothes, Benriach, Glenlivet, Aberfeldy do this style better.
- stringph, 13th Sep '13
This is the core malt for Johnnie Walker Black Label and is a favourite in Spain on account of its sweetness and easy gentle style. As a result it must be in high demand. A little flat for my taste but a great standby whisky when an easy-going digestif is required.
- JontyB, 30th Aug '13
Since Aberlour 10 Year Old can no longer be found in the U.S., this Cardhu 12 steps up to take its place--and does a right fine job of it, too!
- StandingO, 14th Jul '13
If you are looking for that big smokey peaty flavor that a lot of long time scotch drinkers like this is not for you but if u are into a great tasting easy to drink unbelievably smooth whiskey this is the one . My new favorite
- Lou, 12th Apr '13
Well Im gunna have to break ranks and say im slightly dissapointed with this one. Its thoroughly decent, dont get me wrong; but at the same price you can get malts that blow this one out of the water.
I just found this one a little ubiquitous and unchallenging.
- Chase F, 18th Jan '13
I confirm Joe Strieter's comment. You can find Cardhu in EVERY bar and supermarket in Spain. Cardhu was my first "quality" Scotch, and is what got me interested in whisk(e)ys. I highly recommend this one for beginners. Easy to drink with enough noticeable flavours, but not as complex as a seasoned whiskey drinker might look for. As I don't want to waste expensive whiskey on non whiskey drinkers, I'll be picking up a bottle of this for tonight's New Years party.
- MCS, 31st Dec '12
My new personal favorite! pushing Ardbeg 10 and Glenfiddich 12 down the ladder, smooth, sweet, awesome.
- Steve G - Kent, 29th Dec '12
Have never been a whisky drinker, but bought a bottle of this for my husband's birthday. I am totally converted! This is a wonderful malt, which we drink on the rocks.
- Cathy, Kent, Dec 2012, 13th Dec '12
Smooth, sweet, easy going single malt with personality for sure. Very lovely dram. My favorite single malt scotch for summer time especially, usually on the rocks (with ice cubes that were made with spring water, however.)
- anonymous, 4th Aug '12
"Nose" (undiluted): Fruity, apple blossoms, citrus and then some ashy peat with decaying leaves. "Palate" (undiluted): Initially gripping before transitioning to very sweet pears, apple, demerara sugar cubes, oak and vanilla. "Finish" (undiluted): Peppered malt, a slightest of hints of anise, pomegranate, brazil nuts, and well . . . peppermints.
- Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews, 30th Jul '12
It is wonderfull, smooth and long lasting tast. Travel to Scotland was the best thing last year. Speyside Single Malts as Cardhu 12 YO is simply delicious!
- Sergio Cristofoletti, 10th Jan '12
Smooth and sweet.
- anonymous, 6th Jan '12
I haven't liked whiskey/whisky untill i tasted this fine one.
This started my Still gorwing experience for Whisky from speyside (Aberlour another one) all those "that just taste like spirits no go"
Absolutely the best Whisky.
- Claus, 29th Dec '11
Je vynikající- Great!!!!
- anonymous, 17th Dec '11
Purchased this recently and I must say it's a fabulous whisky especially for the price.
- Lawrence , 3rd Nov '11
I love this whiskey
- Kate, 20th Sep '11
A great malt that stands up with the more expensive Speyside malts. My favourite and the whiskey that started my love affair with single malts.
- DGW Liverpool. uk, 13th Sep '11
A good warming fruity malt thats one of my favorites tried so far. Good nose and lingers well.