Cardhu 12 Year Old

70cl / 40%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Cardhu 12 Year Old
Web Exclusive Price £36.75 £30.63 ex VAT (£52.50 per litre)
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A much-loved single malt, Cardhu is an easy-going, 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.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011 – Double Gold
International Spirits Challenge 2014 – Silver Medal
Distillery Bottling
12 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Heather Heather
  • Peach Peach
  • Hazelnut Hazelnut
  • Honey Honey
  • Malt Malt
  • Oak Oak

Cardhu 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    Nose: Sweet and fruity, with aromas of grilled pineapple, honey-soaked pears and fresh melon. Notes of cut grass, hay and ripe mango, too – very appetising.

    Palate: Soft, silky mouthfeel, with plenty of pineapple and mango up front, followed by honey, banana and toffee, with some dried-fruit and vanilla richness. Very approachable, but still decent levels of complexity.

    Finish: Soft and fruity, with the raisin and honey notes lingering the most.

  • Producer's Notes

    Appearance: Golden honey.

    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.

56 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    15 April

    My main go to Single Malt. A dram or two can really smooth out a bad day. A treat for the palate.

  • 5
    28 November 2016

    cardhu 12 year old it bee cool

  • 5
    14 August 2016

    I'm a guy who tends to go for sherry, peat or coastal malts. I always forget about the "plain" ones. We're in the middle of a heat wave in NYC so I figured I'd give this malt that the Spaniards day is so great for warm weather a shot. It reminds me a little bit of a softer sweeter Dalwhinnie. On those there is heather/ honey and vanilla. Very sweet. On the palate you get something like hazelnut gelato and some underlying fruit. Maybe pears? The finish is short with a hint of smoke. There is a short, slightly bitter aftertaste that I can't place that is not unpleasant. Great stuff that I might not want all the time but is a great change of pace for dedicated sherries/Islay/coastal malt lover

  • 5
    2 July 2016

    My favourite

  • 3
    16 May 2016

    "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. Kinda like drinking the syrup of Delmonte's fruit cup with a flourish of spice and oak. "Finish" (undiluted) Peppered malt, a slightest of hints of anise, pomegranate, brazil nuts, and well . . . peppermints.

  • 5
    4 May 2016

    Superb. A beautifully smooth whisky without the afterburn some of the more peaty varieties have. Excellently priced making this an affordable regular treat.

  • 4
    13 March 2016

    delicious nose and taste

  • 5
    20 November 2015


  • 4
    28 October 2015

    It has become my new favorite. Smooth with a delightful flavour. Oban has moved to the back of the shelf.

  • 4
    9 September 2015

    I think is a good product, I came across this whiskey on 1988, I bough at the Duty Free in Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo/ Brazil. Excellent, that Single Malt, then after I return to the US, on the 90s, they change the label and box to red and and name Pure Malt, I don''t really know what happen also change the old taste from the Single Malt to Pure Malt and the taste was different, however today I stop by the liquor store Spec''s and saw the Cardhu again, in a new box, and name Single Malt, I will try next time to see if is the old taste of 1988 or not. I will buy a bottle next time and give my reviews.

  • 4
    3 March 2015

    Always buy a bottle at Malaga Duty Free before coming home after a trip to Spain. My fav tipple. Smooth and relaxing. Beats other more expensive whisky''s in taste and price.

  • skeleton 21 May 2014

    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.

  • Laird Ibbotson 28 October 2013

    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.

  • stringph 13 September 2013

    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.

  • JontyB 30 August 2013

    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.

  • StandingO 14 July 2013

    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!

  • Lou 12 April 2013

    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

  • Chase F 18 January 2013

    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.

  • MCS 31 December 2012

    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.

  • Steve G - Kent 29 December 2012

    My new personal favorite! pushing Ardbeg 10 and Glenfiddich 12 down the ladder, smooth, sweet, awesome.

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