Cardhu is a Speyside distillery near Archiestown, Moray, Scotland founded by the whisky smuggler John Cumming in 1824. The distillery is currently run by Diageo and the distillery's Scotch whisky makes up an important part of the famous Johnnie Walker blended whiskies. The word "Cardhu" derives from the Scots Gaelic Carn Dubh, meaning "Black Rock".
Cardhu was Diageo’s bestselling Scotch whisky but when demand outstripped supply, Diageo vatted Cardhu malt with malts from other distilleries and called the resultant product ‘Pure Malt’. It caused controversy when it was released and after losing a legal battle, Cardhu ‘Pure Malt’ was eventually withdrawn from the market.
Sweet honey with vanilla and a slight herbaceous touch – fennel and damp wood. A nice, balanced, smooth nose.
Palate offers toffee and vanilla with fruit notes taking a back seat to more honeyed grain. Gently spicy with some drying oak and a hint of the slightly peaty smoke.
Relatively long and a little smoky finish. Fruit lingers with a gentle smoke.
Bottled at 40.0% ABV.