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Cadenhead's 10 Years Old, Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 I especially like bourbons when they are big and robust. This is both hearty and complex. A wonderful winter warmer.
Cadenhead's 13 Years Old, Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 65.90% 7 Despite this being older, it is less astringently woody than the similar five-year-old.
Cadenhead's America Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 62.20% 7 Has an extra dimension. Recommended.
Cadenhead's Bourbon 5 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.00% 6 Just too woody for me, though a good splash of water brings out the other flavours.
Cadenhead's Canadian Indian Corn 15 Years Old
Single Grain - Canada - 54.90% 7 Quite young and green, with a nice fresh tang, especially when diluted. But this cardboardy flavour hangs on.
Cadenhead's Allt-a-Bhainne 1992, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40% 7 A rare opportunity to serve this summery whisky.
Cadenhead's Banff 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30% 6 The best Banff I have tasted. Shows its age but the finish reveals real depth and staying power.
Cadenhead's Benromach 1976, 27 Years Old Authentic Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10% 8 The nose promised more smoothness. Quite an austere character on the palate but with a lot of class.
Cadenhead's Ben Nevis 1986, 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.90% 7 Hard to guess at the high alcohol strength from the nose. Not the usual big, oily Ben Nevis character. A pleasant fruitiness keeps the sweet notes dominant.
Cadenhead's Bladnoch 1980, 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7 Slightly lean. Where is the fruity softness of Bladnoch?
Cadenhead's Bladnoch 1989, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 7 A neat, summery comforter. Perfect dram for hillwalkers.
Cadenhead's Bladnoch 1989, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90% 7 Tired and irritable when first poured, but gradually opens up, more so when water was added.
Cadenhead's Caol Ila 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Youthfully powerful. Almost raw flavours, without being in any way spirity. Many Islay-lovers enjoy their whiskies young. This is a robust example.
Cadenhead's Caperdonich 1977, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Heavily sherried. Rich and full-bodied but the distillery character is hidden by the wood. For the sherry fanatic.
Cadenhead's Classic Range Campbeltown
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Seems simple at first, but gradually reveals subtleties. Stylish, teasing.
Cadenhead's Classic Range, Highland
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 How nice this would be with one of those tasteful desserts that involves a ‘sugar nest' and some fresh fruit.
Cadenhead's Classic Range, Islay
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 You can see why the Germans get so obsessed with this stuff. A peaty happy-slap.
Cadenhead's Clynelish 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60% 7 Firm, dry, confident. Not quite as expressive as the best bottlings.
Cadenhead's Convalmore 1977, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.40% 7 The best Convalmore I have tasted, with the typically big, fruity syrupiness. After dinner.
Cadenhead's Convalmore-Glenlivet 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.40% 7 A welcome opportunity to taste a rare whisky, though it was never a classic, and in this instance is over the hill (or the Conval Hills?).
Cadenhead's Cooley, World Whiskies 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Ireland - 60.00% 8 This is some bottling; great distillate matured to perfection in excellent casks. One for the Islay bore in your life.
Cadenhead's Craigellachie Glenlivet 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30% 7 Saved by the water and though too insubtantial to get a high mark would make a good aperitif.
Cadenhead's Dallas Dhu 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.80% 8 I think I have discovered a breakfast whisky. They can call it Dallas Dhu. I'll dub it "Death in the Morning. "
Cadenhead's Dalmore 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.90% 8 Extraordinarily sweet-but an engaging curiosity. This pale, golden Dalmore, without the sherry, has an especially characteristic touch of amontillado.
Cadenhead's Dalmore 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 7 Quite a light character for a Highland malt. Water helps but still a bit rough. Even on a frosty morning!
Cadenhead's Dumbarton (Inverleven Stills) 18 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.90% 8 A great delicacy but the strength needs to be put down by a good dash of water. But it is not enough to cut all the edges off.
Cadenhead's Dumbarton 1969, Sherry Wood
Single Grain - Scotland - 51.20% 8 Bossily buoyant. Loses in delicacy what it gains in flavour and texture. Miles away from the Lowlands.
Cadenhead's Glencraig 1981, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20% 7 Pleasant, sociable. With mint tea and Moroccan food?
Cadenhead's Glendronach 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.40% 7 Drier and less rich than the distillery bottlings.
Cadenhead's Glenglassaugh 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.20% 7 Glenglassaugh can be malty, and this one is. It stands up very well for it's age. In this bottling, with an apricot colour that suggests sherry, very much a dessert whisky.
Cadenhead's Glenglassaugh 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.10% 7 This has dried out to a point where it is aggressive and unbalanced.
Cadenhead's Imperial Glenlivet 1977, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60% 7 A robust whisky that deserves more exposure.
Cadenhead's Glenturret 1986, 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 7 A charming whisky, and a reminder that Glenturret is a place, not an experience.
Cadenhead's Glen Ord 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 7 ‘Born on' dates are not a big issue when John Barleycorn must die, yet this whisky seems to have an especially fresh maltiness. A refreshing dram for the sultry suns of summer.
Cadenhead's Heaven Hill 15 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 62.40% 7 Fifteen years is quite old for a bourbon, but this is complex, rounded and a good example of Heaven Hill's style. Keeps the sweet notes dominant.
Cadenhead's Invergordon 12 Years Old, Whiskies of the World
Single Grain - Scotland - 65.30% 6 The sweetness on the palate can't tame the alcohol harshness. It has not benefited from the casks as its pale colour confirms.
Cadenhead's Invergordon 13 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 67.80% 7 Paler than the Royal Mile version, and drier, too.
Cadenhead's Lammerlaw 10 Years Old
Single Malt - New Zealand - 49.10% 7 This bottling is much more aggressive, and drying, than I remember. What happened to the soft maltiness and apricot fruitiness?
Cadenhead's Littlemill 1990, 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.60% 7 Littlemill has never been a favourite with critics – or blenders – but I have always thought it a good example of a Lowland malt.
Cadenhead's Lochside 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90% 8 This was never a great distillery but it made some perfectly pleasant whiskies and its loss is to be regretted. This bottling is past its best but obviously has rarity value.
Cadenhead's Loch Lomond 1974, 29 Years Old, Chairmans Stock
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.40% 7 The brilliant greeny-gold colour sets a summery mood. Remarkably fresh. Drier than other Inchmurrins I have tasted. Green salad rather than the more usual tropical fruit salad.
Cadenhead's Longrow 1996, 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40%
Cadenhead's Millburn 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30% 8 Not a great aromatic display. A cardboardy touch on the palate. Water soothes alcohol a little while underlining the unidimensional aniseed/minty profile.
Cadenhead's North British 21 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 57.80% 7 Somewhat one-dimensional.
Cadenhead's Rosebank 1989, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 All of the characteristic floweriness of Rosebank, but with some roundness.
Cadenhead's Royal Brackla 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20% 7 Hardly elegant but a muscular malt of a style that is sadly vanishing from the Highlands. I greatly enjoyed it.