Glencadam 21yo ‘The Exceptional’ (2016)
Come to think of it, I don’t believe I ever tasted something from Glencadam before. It is a fairly low-profile distillery and they’ve been flying under my radar for sure. So why not start with one of their older offerings: the 21 year old.
Glencadam 21yo ‘The Exceptional’ (2016) (46%, OB)
Nose: Exceptionally fresh and light. Grassy with layers of pineapple and apple sauce with vanilla custard added to the mix. Some soft cinnamon spices and wood shavings.
Taste: Again light and a bit fruity (apple peel, white grapes), although it does have a subtle spicy edge with cloves and nutmeg. A fair amount of oak shines through.
Finish: The oak drives the fruit to the background. A tad drying.
A fairly straight-forward malt whisky. It is well-priced for a 21yo, but it doesn’t do enough to really make it stand out among the pack.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.