Cardhu 12 Year Old

70cl / 40%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Cardhu 12 Year Old
Web Exclusive Price £38.95 £32.46 ex VAT (£55.64 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.

70 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    30 August

    This is a very interesting budget friendly scotch

  • 5
    27 July

    A beautiful smooth single malt – a pleasure to drink.

  • 5
    4 May

    Delicious. I’m just starting to drink whisky, but this one was a standout for me.

  • 5
    24 November 2018

    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

  • 5
    17 July 2018

    A wonder taste to soothe the soul!

  • 5
    9 May 2018

    Best whiskey to drink

  • 5
    1 April 2018

    Anyone that does not like this is not a Scotch drinker

  • 2
    12 January 2018

    Watered down vanilla pound cake with a load of flowers; a sweet party mix. Agreeing with Jeremy about fantastic 12 year olds to prefer.

  • 5
    8 January 2018

    My favorite single malt!

  • 1
    7 October 2017

    Awful. Tastes like syrup

  • 3
    3 September 2017

    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!

  • 3
    24 August 2017

    Cardhu is not my favorite, I prefer Balvenie DoubleWood.

  • 2
    18 June 2017

    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.

  • 4
    13 June 2017

    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.

  • 5
    15 April 2017

    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.

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