Cardhu 11 Year Old - 2020 Special Releases - Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Clean, elegant and perfectly poised, this Cardhu was made in small batches and matured in refill casks, as well as new and ex-bourbon American oak, drawing out tones of floral sweetnes and spicy intensity in a playful exchange between wood and whisky.
The Cardhu Distillery was pioneered by Helen Cumming and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth during the 1800s, a time when the whisky industry was almost entirely male-dominated.
Nose: Mellow in feel, with light prickle. A hint of new wood pencil cases introduces freshly juicy, fruity top notes of green apple, green grape and pineapple, which gradually come together with a trace of lemon peel as a sweet fresh fruit salad, on a faintly mossy base. A drop of water adds a further juicy note of boiled fruit sweets.
Palate : At natural strength, a creamy-smooth texture and a sweet then juicy taste with traces of fondant mid-palate; deliciously buttery, hot and spicy, recalling toasted hot-crossbuns. Slightly sweeter at reduced strength and buttery-soft, with enhanced pepper. Drying lightly overall.
Finish: Quite long, with some white pepper for a lingering warmth.
Official Tasting Notes.