Whisky Review: Glencadam 32 Years Old 1975 Vintage
- Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Glencadam Distillery
- Bottling: Montgomerie’s, The Single Cask Selection, Rare Select, Cask #1
- ABV: 46%
- Cost: £sold out
What they say
Distilled on 27th June 1975 and matured for around 32 years before bottling in June 2007 under Independent bottler’s Montgomerie’s The Single Cask Collection, Cask #1 at 46% ABV.
What I say
Another sample thanks to Tom and this one harks back to the year before I was born! Bottled back in 2017.
The brand Montgomerie’s is owned by Angus Dundee Distillers Ltd, the owners and operators of the Glencadam Distillery, so it appears this label may have been setup as an outlet for particularly interesting old single casks that they didn’t want to carry official bottle/label status?
As far as I can tell the majority of the range were bottled at a standard/uniform 43 or 46% ABV (i.e. reduced) with occasional stronger (cask strength?) offerings.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark antique gold (12/20), medium-fine tears and legs, quite viscous
- Nose: Sweet and dusty, biscuit malt, fresh fruit, citrus lemon, peach, apple ,pear, melon, turns tropical with pineapple and mango, blossom honey and vanilla cream.
- Taste: Honey sweet, dried mango pieces, dry wood, a little tannic/bourbon wood?, light caramel, toffee, vanilla, crystallized ginger, candied peel, biscuit malted barley, cinnamon and white pepper spices, mango and vanilla fudge, mouth-coating and slightly oily/waxy.
- Finish: Long, sweet and dry, golden syrup, crystallized demerara sugar sprinkled on pineapple pieces and drying oak wood.
Very smooth, woody sugars and tropical fruits as one would expect for a whisky of this age, slightly tannic and drying oak wood influences too, massively enjoyable!
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