Cardhu 12 Year Old, Distillery Bottled
- Smooth, rounded, gentle sweetness with a little smoke.
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- Single Malt Whisky
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- Cardhu is the whisky responsible for re-defining whisky, following the media ruckus that took place a few years ago. Fuelled by the success of the Cardhu single malt, mainly in the Spanish market where it is a very fashionable drink amongst the young socialites, the distillery owners decided to re-package it as 'Cardhu Pure Malt'. The 'Pure Malt' - which was a readily used description of malt whisky which was not from a 'single' distillery - included malt whisky from Glendullan distillery. The story goes that other whisky producers, jealous of Cardhu's large market-share, raised the matter very publicly with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). The row that ensued lead to Cardhu reverting to being a Single Malt again, and to the SWA reviewing the use of such descriptors as 'Pure' or 'Vatted' Malts, which were until now in common usage. The new description of 'Blended Malt' is also proving controversial with some saying that it will lead to such products being confused with 'Blended Whisky' which includes less expensive Grain whisky as well as Malt Whisky. Cardhu Pure Malt was a very credable product was produced for a short period and shall no doubt become highly collectable. Due to demand on mainland Europe, Cardhu Single is no longer readily available in the UK market. Royal Mile Whiskies have mangaed to get hold of some stock however.
JIM MURRAY'S WHISKY BIBLE -90 POINTS - 'Just about the cleanest, most uncluttered, pure, sweet malt you will ever find, a touch of apple, perhaps, giving an extra dimension; again the malt is pure and rich, just a thread of oak adding some dryness and depth; vanilla and malt.
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