Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Speyside
  • Distillery Cardhu
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • caramel
  • bitter chocolate
  • dried fruit
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • oak
  • cereal
  • red apple
  • toasted

Cardhu

Special Cask Reserve (0.7l, 40%)
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Character Goatson
You know it from a blend, but it's very special on its own.

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. The word Cardhu comes from the Gaelic "Carn Dubh," which means "black rock." This is definitely one of the best located distilleries in Speyside, high on the hills on the north side of Spey Valley with breathtaking views to the south.

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. Luckily it's been restored to its former delectable single malt glory where it is pleasing customers and winning awards once again. Ordinary in a blend, special on its own, we say. This is great news, because Cardhu is a brand with a rich history and tradition, one which every Whisky aficionado should experience.

The Cardhu Special Cask Reserve features Whisky from “very old oak casks” bottled at 40% ABV. This dram is richer and fuller than the flagship 12 YO and tremendously well received with the fans of the brand, since it also bears a huge amount of personality. It’s polished and easy-going, offers excellent value and it’s a Whisky you’ll easily enjoy as your everyday dram. Every day may not be special, but there can be something special in every day.
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Speyside
  • Distillery Cardhu
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Colour
Deep gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Dried fruit, vanilla, oak

Flavour / Taste / Palate
Cereal, chocolate, cinnamon

Finish
Long, intense and warm
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  • caramel
  • bitter chocolate
  • dried fruit
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • oak
  • cereal
  • red apple
  • toasted
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
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