Cardhu..... Well, there's not much to say. It's a Diageo workhorse for blends like Johnnie. Recently though they've needed more for single malts, so changed Dailuiane's cut points to make it more like Cardhu. It's a shame really because in my experience Dailuiane makes a much more characterful spirit. There was also a scandle before my time, when they changed it to a blended malt.
Onto the whiskies!
Nose: Light and sweet, oaky spiciness, creamy oak and light fruit- Lots of pineapple, some apple and pear, vanilla, brown sugar, perfumed malt.
Taste: Vanilla and spice, oaky note with delicate sweetness- Pineapple, maybe some pear, bit of roughness, nuts, light perfumed malt, light citrus- Lemon.
Finish: Short length. Drying oaky sweetness with a touch of spice.
Reminds me a lot of Singleton of Dufftown, light Speyside malt.
Maybe the more expensive NAS will be better?
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Cardhu Gold Reserve 40%
Nose: Quite sour- Sour fruit, green apple sours, sour cherry, sweet artificial vanilla, a little oak and spice, it's all very vague and very Cardhu. Caramel and toffee (E150a?), some light cake in the background.
Taste: Smooth and a little watery. Quite fruity and sweet- Green apple, sour wood, a little sour cherry, dry wood, artificial vanilla.
Finish: Short length. Sour oak and fruit.
'Easy drinking' NAS at it's finest.
These are often on deal in UK supermarkets but I don't find them to be to my liking.
Score Average: 77..2
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good