Review: Glencadam 1991 22 Yr (Exclusive Malts)


Glencadam DistilleryGlencadam distillery was founded in 1825 by George Cooper in the Eastern Highlands region of Scotland. During the 19th century the distillery changed ownership several times. The distillery lies 200 yards from the now demolished Brechin distillery (also known as North Port). Loch Lee, at the head waters of River Esk, is the primary water source for Glencadam. The water travels thirty miles by pipe to reach the distillery. Known for it’s softness, the water is part of the reason why Glencadam’s whisky turns out ‘creamy’ in texture. In 2003 Angus Dundee, a London based company, acquired Glencadam. They also operate and own Tomintoul distillery. The have been keeping the stills busy since 2004 at Glencadam which has a capacity of 1.5 million liters per year. Single malt releases are not common here in the US, but you can find independently bottled expressions. This particular Glencadam is 22 years old and bottled by Exclusive Malts at 50.4% ABV

Tasting Notes

Glencadam 22 EM btlNose: hay, cinnamon, green apple, caramelized pears, slightly smoky

Mouth: apples, soft, supple, brown sugar, honey, pears, mild spice

Finish: peppery, lingering honey sweetness, slightly waxy coating, tannic

Score: 88/100

Verdict: This is my first Glencadam that I’ve ever tried, so I was quite excited. The nose is subtle, but has some great scents of hay, cinnamon, green apple and caramelized pears. It’s also very lightly smoked. The palate is very well balanced and full bodied. There’s loads of caramel apples and pears with some mild spices. The texture is very soft and supple which is surprising for a whisky that is 50.4% ABV. Tannins are evident on the finish which is very peppery with some lingering honey sweetness. This is delicious juice and I wish I had more than just a small 2oz. sample. Out of the five whiskies in Exclusive Malts batch #4, this is without a doubt my favorite.

This is concludes our reviews for Exclusive Malts batch #4. If you missed out here are links to the Bladnoch 21 yr, Bowmore 12 yr, North Highland 17 yr and Linkwood 14 yr.

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