The distillery was owned by a David Scott and his descendants from 1827- 1891 and during this period it was rented to various distillers. Over the next few decades the distillery had a succession of owners. Glencadam was mothballed during both world wars. The warehouses were instead used to barrack soldiers. There is still a mark on the grass by No. 2 warehouse where their commissary was.
Glencadam was bought in the 1950s by Hiram Walker, which subsequently became Allied Domeq, who closed the distillery in 2000.
Always considered a premium whisky for blending, it has been highly sought after for some of the world’s most prestigious labels, being an important component of the Stewart’s ‘Cream of the barley’ and also the Ballantine’s whiskies. Glencadam was finally bought by Angus Dundee Distillers on 1st June 2003, an independent Scottish company. Angus Dundee restarted production immediately, and released Glencadam Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 15 Years, in December 2005. This was subsequently re-launched in November 2009 with new packaging, alongside the release of a 10 year old expression.
Tasting note:Very pale straw gold. Toasted marshmallow top note followed by melted butter and grains in the opening inhalations. The delightful buttery characteristic persists in later passes. Sweet malt entry hints at shortbread and is also mildly grassy. Delicious, sweet, unadulterated malt. Finish is bright and spicy with light lemon barley sugar followed by subtle orchard fruitiness rebounding in the fade. Exuberant and distinctive with pristine barley the focus from start to finish.
Other reviews...Bright fino sherry yellow colour; impeccable purity. First scents after the pour are all about new saddle leather/leather gloves, sour malted barley, new spirit, grapefruit then the later sniffs detect more of the grapefruit and a touch of lime but the oak remains hidden while the barley dances a jig. Entry reinforces the grapefruit/tropical fruit asset while the mid palate goes more grainy/malty and sap-like, almost but not quite succulent. Finishes medium long, slightly resiny, leathery, lean but not austere and pleasingly youthful and sprightly.
46% ABV | 700 ml
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