The story of Glencadam gets its start in 1825, when the distillery was opened in the Scottish Highlands. The stills went silent in 2000 and in 2003 it was purchased by a local company, Angus Dundee Distillers. While Glencadam bottlings drawn from older stock have never really gone away, at long last, in 2017, the first product from the relaunched distillery is hitting the market.
As the name suggests, this is a 13 year old single malt. The production run is limited to 6000 numbered bottles.
This is a lively and fresh expression of Highland malt — young and nimble on its feet, but quite worthwhile. The color is surprisingly light — a pale straw, almost. Fresh cereal notes, honeycomb, and lightly smoked meats all play out on the nose, with those inviting honey aromas dominating. On the palate, the whisky is immediately sweet, a bit sharp with unexpected citrus notes, then moving into notes of sugar cookies, graham crackers, a hint of lemon, and a bit of coconut. The finish is sharper than expected — thanks largely to the slightly higher abv — with more coconut and vanilla notes lingering on the back end.
Not a bad little whisky, and definitely worth trying if you’re a Highland malt fan.
B+ / $65 / glencadamwhisky.com
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