BTC sample 1 – Glencadam 21, 46%

Off to a great start for this year’s Blind Tasting Competition! I was enjoying my sample yesterday when Ot started screaming uncontrollably. A new diaper was necessary! When changing that, she crapped all over the place so I had to start over. When I got back downstairs, it was past 11 so I was too late to fill in my guess. At least a few points are gone…

Anyway, nothing to tell since I don’t know what it is yet!

Sniff:

Glencadam 21 at Master of Malt

A little raw and there’s some alcohol on the nose. Behind it all is a creamy kind of vanilla custard. Slightly salty too with dried white oak, some ginger and maybe even a hint of cocoa beans. Later on you get some more yellow fruit.

Sip:
Thin and fairly sharp with white pepper, a hint of vanilla and some fruit. Some spices that build up to a little bit more spiciness. Soft lemon, sweet pineapple and maybe a little coconut.

Swallow:
Old fashioned whisky, but very standard at that. Sweet yellow fruit, pineapple, apple, lemon curd. The spices are all gone. The taste does linger, by the way.

A very standard and old fashioned lower highland style in the line of things like Glenesk. It does feel a little thin at all levels and you really have to search for all flavours. Nice balance though! All in all, not my favourite dram since I didn’t really enjoy it.

My guess would have gone to a younger highland whisky, Tomatin 12 or so. I did think it was at 46% so that would rule out Tomatin. Could be any other blender’s whisky like Teaninich.

It turned out to be Glencadam 21, 46% OB. At least the ABV would have given me some points and the region too. I can’t imagine this being the 21 year old since I really liked the 15. I should have taken a more careful look at whiskybase and I might have found this distillery to fit the profile. It’s a bit like whisky CSI, right?

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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