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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.Tasting Notes (2)
Our wine expert, head buyer and experienced sommelier Dawn Davies MW, recommends Cardhu 12 Year Old to bring out the best in these dishes.
- Fish And Chips
- Pad Thai
Tasting Notes by Stuart P
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.
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.
Soft and fruity, with the raisin and honey notes lingering the most.
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.
Soft, pleasing, medium.
Palate Well balanced, smooth mouthfeel; short punch, sweet and fresh, then a pronounced drying effect. Enjoyable at any time, with little or no water.
Quite short. Some lingering sweet smoke in the attractive, drying aftertaste.
- San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011: Double Gold
- International Spirits Challenge 2014: Silver Medal.
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Thoroughly enjoy it, personally. A dram a day most recommended.
I highly recommend if someone starts their adventure with whiskey, I drink it warm very well.
I've tried the 12y/o Cardhu. It was smooth with a subtle honey finish . This whiskey had a good flavour and I look forward to the older and more mature Cardhu's.
Very average 12yo whisky, with nothing distinctive about its taste
I am (fairly) new to the scotch world and I am learning things I like and don't like. I have been getting into Lagavulin and Ardbeg a lot. I was debating between Cardhu 12 and Aberlour 12. I'd had Aberlour before and liked it so I decided to try something new. To be honest this one is a little meh for me. Underwhelming kinda. The nose: I get light fruity aromas. The taste to me comes across a bit watery. I wanted to try something sweeter and this is that. But, personally, the sweet has no nuance. it's like a watery honey almost. This isn't horrible but not great. For the price, it is a bit much. Don't know if I would buy it again.
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