Cardhu 12 Year Old70cl / 40%
- Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
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
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Cardhu 12 Year Old Reviews
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.
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.
67 Customer Reviews
Hmm. Methinks there is a nice full rounded smokey taste. Hints of charcoaled pinto bean. Accompanied with a tantalising lime on the rocks aroma. i have never before seen such a ripe strawberry undertone in single malt in this price range. Exquisite palette. richnessery. Whilst maintaining an approachable synergy, keeping a decent level of complexity. 3 out of 5 stars
A wonder taste to soothe the soul!
Best whiskey to drink
Anyone that does not like this is not a Scotch drinker
Watered down vanilla pound cake with a load of flowers; a sweet party mix. Agreeing with Jeremy about fantastic 12 year olds to prefer.
My favorite single malt!
Awful. Tastes like syrup
I very much agree with the last 2 reviewers I am a real lover of 12 year old whiskys. This whisky has great look from the bottle and is a nice color. But apart from that I find it to be very bland it has no kick or any sort of a finish whats so ever. I would never buy this again. So many better 12 year olds out there then this!
Cardhu is not my favorite, I prefer Balvenie DoubleWood.
It just didn't sit well on my palate. Slightly bold with something I can't place, but didn't care for. Normally I'm pretty good with the range of Speysides.
I'm not sure if I have even tasted Cardhu 12 year old Scotch before and if I had I have apparently forgotten it - We actually have a sale at out LCBO outlets in Ontario so I picked up a bottle - after having a wee dram I would agree with Anonymous' comments about it being "a softer sweeter Dalwhinnie" - which makes sense as I really enjoy Dalwhinnie - I know that neither are complex or peaty as some would like but perhaps that's why I like both - may not drink either every night but really enjoy them both - Glad I picked up the bottle of Cardhu - certainly a good addition to the Scotch collection.
My main go to Single Malt. A dram or two can really smooth out a bad day. A treat for the palate.
cardhu 12 year old it bee cool
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
"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.
Superb. A beautifully smooth whisky without the afterburn some of the more peaty varieties have. Excellently priced making this an affordable regular treat.
delicious nose and taste
It has become my new favorite. Smooth with a delightful flavour. Oban has moved to the back of the shelf.