Friday, 29 November 2019

Glencadam 1982 [Road to #1000, Review #981]

Hi everyone,

I don’t know a huge amount about Glencadam at all, I don’t mind admitting that. But luckily, the internet is full of knowledge about random distilleries that I know nothing about and I can be like a sponge when it comes to stuff like this.
Something I didn’t realise is that the distillery was closed for 3 years, between 2000 and 2003 until it was bought by its current owner; Angus Dundee.
They seem to have realised that people want single cask, cask strength bottlings only recently and have now started doing a line of them, as well as special editions matured in port and sherry casks.
The one I have here is from a range of vintage casks that are in more square looking bottles.

Glencadam 1982 46%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Straight away it’s weird, pool chlorine, slightly rancid cherry and parma violets, cardboard dust (like you grinded them up), parma ham left out too long, some strawberry.
Taste: Very soft, floral, chewy sweetness coming in, parma violets, red apple, some leather and chocolate, then weird into the finish. Some spirit-y-ness mid-palate too.
Finish: Long length. Very strange with this parma voilet, odd mouthfeel and off cherry/ham note.
From a Single Sherry cask, bottled at 30yo. What an oddball, never expected 80's Bowmore from Glencadam and also it can't pull it off as Bowmore sometimes can. I am normally a fan of older whisky but something went wrong with this particular cask I think. Yeah, weird.
67/100

Thanks for reading!

Scotch Review #823
Whisky Network Review #981

Network Average: 75.1
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as the Global Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and I am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and I am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

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