Cardhu Single Malt has been out of U.S. liquor stores for years — not since 2003 has a single malt version of Cardhu been for sale here. (A controversial “pure malt” Cardhu — a blend of single malts from various distilleries — was available for awhile, but it was a much different product than this.)
Now Speyside’s Cardhu (hugely popular in Spain, and I now see why) is back with its 12 Year Old single malt expression, and it’s a lively one worth trying.
Cardhu 12 Year is made in a lighter, sweeter style, rich with honey in a way that few whiskies I’ve encountered are. The nose adds lavender and heather to the sweetness, but that sugary richness in the body is hard to overpower. A delightful and easy-drinking whisky, this is a fabulous aperitif malt, one that is very versatile either on its own or in a cocktail.
Why’d they stop selling it over here? Maybe because we couldn’t pronounce Cardhu? (It’s “Car-Dow,” by the way.)
A- / $44 / malts.com
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