smoky
pear
green apple
spicy
peaty
slightly sweet
dry
ripe fruit
toasted
Spiral Cardhu 12 Year Old
Cardhu
12 Year Old
Tasting Notes
Appearance / Color
Medium amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Lightly sweet with pear, apple, and a bit of charred oak

Flavour / Taste / Palate 
Well-rounded and rich with more autumn fruits and a hint of distant peat

Finish
Long and dry with toasted grain and warm smoke
Price:
$55.99
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Cardhu 12 YO single malt is a return to greatness … and it’s about time.

John Cumming was one of the rare Whisky smugglers that successfully transitioned to legal operation when the oppressive tax and production laws were eased. Thus, Cardhu was born in 1824. You may know Cardhu as one of the signature core malts of Johnny Walker, but it was a single malt long before the blenders got their hands on it. Happily it's been restored to its former delectable single malt glory where it is pleasing customers and winning awards once again.

Like many Highlanders, the core Cardhu offering is a 12 YO. It’s a fairly straight-forward example of a Speyside Whisky, but with a mild, peaty influence — but not for the usual reasons. Where some Whiskies taste of peat because it’s used as fuel to dry the malt, at Cardhu the water source is exposed to a large peat bog — delivering a “natural peat” flavour and an experience akin to second-hand smoke on the finish. In the spirit itself you will find a medium body, light sweetness, and a taste of baked pears.

Smartass Corner
The word Cardhu comes from the Gaelic "Carn Dubh" which means "black rock.”
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old

Cardhu 12 Year Old

(0.75l, 40%)


7.9/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Cardhu 12 Year Old
Michael
Michael,
Very smooth but not too light. Flavor is a bit sweet, but the complexity and smoothness is impressive at this price point. Great every day scotch.
 
Michael
Michael,
Good flavor and complexity yet very smooth. Excellent scotch at this price.
 
Greg
Greg,
Very nice dram. Consistently fine and very drinkable. Modest price belies this tasty malt and refreshing finish
 
Martin
Martin,
My all time favorite
 
CJ
CJ,
Super smooth and easy to drink. Fruity and sweet. Definitely a good daily drink.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Great every day sipper. Light and fruity. No water or ice for this one.
 
Doug
Doug,
First attempt at Scotch.. going to have to add more notes as I get more experienced
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Very good Speysider; light and fruity on the nose with a sweet, spicy palate. First impressions were not great, but this dram definitely grows on me. Very good overall.
 
Robert
Robert,
Not as smokey as I would like. Still, nicely sweet and smooth.
 
guest
guest,
Very easy to drink. Smooth and lovely!
 
Kullervo
Kullervo,
Nice and smooth. I usually go for Islay stuff, but this is more affordable, really good run for the money.
 
Mariano
Mariano,
My old man favourite (can't judge it freely)
 
Gary
Gary,
Sweet Speyside
 
John
John,
Pretty typical for its type. Not bad at all.
 
Will
Will,
Nice and smooth
 
Tom
Tom,
Good dram, sweet and easy, typical Speyside.
 
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