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05 Aug 2009

Cadenhead Nosing Challenge 2009

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * News

Cadenhead Nosing Challenge Cadenhead’s is Scotland’s oldest independent bottler. Some of their ‘dumpy’ bottlings (in strangely shaped, dark-coloured glass) from the 1970’s and 1980’s are legendary. Nowadays, they’re still a very respected bottler.

In March 2009, for the seventh time already, Cadenhead’s launched its yearly Single Malt Nosing Challenge.

The concept is simple: in return for
€ 15, you get a sample pack (4×5 cl) of undisclosed whisky. You have to name the region, distillery, age and wood type of each of the samples.

I decided to join the contest. Just for fun, I’m not pretending to have a chance at all. Yesterday, I tried them and made a guess (I found two of them pretty recognizable – or at least those were distilleries I’m quite familiar with, the other two are a guess really). Whatever they may be, they were good quality anyway and I hope they get bottled afterwards. 

The winner will be announced on the 7th of September.

Cadenhead Nosing Challenge 2009 Ruben Luyten 2009-08-05
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  • Jose Castelo

    j’ai une bouteille de scotch whisky
    cadenhead’s authentic collection
    from springbank distillery aged 31 years
    distilled june 1965 and bottled october 1996
    matured in an oak cask
    sherrywood matured

    j’aimerais connaitre la valeur d’une telle bouteille
    Si quelqu’un peut me donner une estimation, j’en serais ravi…

  • Ruben
    Cette année, 4 ont été vendues chez WhiskyAuction (entre € 513 et € 670).



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