Nose: Not forward, yet attractively ‘natural’ and in time rich, balanced and very complex. Macerated fruits; pears, plums, cherries. Hints of pineapple develop a light, green, gooseberry-like edge. Delicate scents of wild rose, menthol and polished leather rise above a soft base of Christmas cake or buttery pastry. Water opens it all up elegantly, without altering the main themes.
Palate: A smooth and sweet taste, unctuous, yet with light and lively acidity. The soft, delicate, fruity core is cradled by rich, chocolate-edged flavours, the texture, chocolate and fruit combining to evoke a cherry liqueur chocolate truffle. Warming overall, it’s softer with water, when the balance of tastes remains the same, though lighter.
Finish: Exciting and complex, the conclusion is long, smooth, gently drying and rich in cocoa.
CARDHU 15 Y.O.
Nose: Oats and apples, malty caramel, plenty of fresh fruit going on. Hints of marzipan and almond pastry, sugared buttermilk pancakes.
Palate: Butterscotch, lychees and lots of banana! Rich tea biscuits dipped in a warm milky tea.
Finish: Super light and creamy, foam bananas, with suggestions of yoghurt and granola. There is an almost rum like quality to this one.
Cardhu 12 YO
Nose: Good body, decent sweetness, richness. Streaks of smoke, apple peels, bruised pears.
Palate: Smooth, rounded, gentle sweetness, soft peat. A little smoke whispers sweet nothings.