Single malt whisky - tasting notes

28 Dec 2010

Glencadam 1974 (Malts of Scotland)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glencadam

Glencadam is a distillery we’ve never had before on WhiskyNotes. Most of its production went to the Ballantine’s blend. Due to overproduction, it was closed in 2000, sold and revived in 2003 by Angus Dundee who also own Tomintoul.


Glencadam 1974 - Malts of ScotlandGlencadam 35 yo 1974 (48,9%, Malts of Scotland 2010, cask #3214, 216 btl.)

Nose: sweet sherry nose, with huge hints of dates. Treacle / brown sugar notes, caramelized apples and a range of dried fruits (figs, plums). Hints of toasted cereals. Soaked raisins. Freshened up by orange peel and almonds. Even a few estery notes (nail polish remover). Well aged. Mouth: again quite a sweet start, with some dark chocolate, coated raisins and a little malt. Then showing a rather big oak influence and tea with spices and herbs (cloves, pepper, ginger, a pinch of salt) and a drying mouth-feel. Finish: medium length, with a slightly bitter spiciness.

A rich and nicely different Glencadam with sweet and herbal elements. Around € 140 – still available in a few shops.

Score: 87/100

Glencadam 1974 (Malts of Scotland) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-12-28

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  • Jorn: I agree, the first expressions tend to go up in value the most, - ofcourse -, but do you really think the Bowmore DC 2 will sink below 150,00 euro? N
  • WhiskyNotes: I tend to disagree. I would just wait for n°III and make sure you inform your favourite retailer that you want one beforehand. Buying a hyped product
  • Jorn: It's worth 150 allright, but mainly from a collector's point of view. That's where the market is. Like precious little stamps (Nothing wrong with that

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