Speyside 25 Cadenhead – BTC 2017 #16


This distillery always confuses me. Aside from being one of the less common distilleries from the Speyside region it also carries the same name, so you can’t always be sure if we’re talking about the former or the latter. Anyways I was also confused because this tasted super-duper young, so I went with a young Craigellachie, but it least I bagged some region points.

Initial impressions: Some bubbles. Light colour. Very alcoholic nose.

Guess: Craigellachie 2007 Sherwood’s (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/98305/craigellachie-2007-shw)

Aged 25 years. 51% ABV. Matured in a bourbon hogshead. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at batch strength.

Nose: Light wood. Woodspice. Vanilla. Peaches. Hay. Caramel rounds. Seville oranges. Quince. Gooseberries.

Palate: Ethanol. Bitter wood. Dry oak. Vanilla. Fresh linen. Lavender. Copper.

Finish: Long. Dry. Woody. Lots of cinnamon. Some floral notes and a weird, sour, bitterness.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: No

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: No

VFM: 2/5

Wasn’t a fan of this I’m afraid. It tasted very young and had quite a bit of unbalanced roughness to it.


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