What's in a name? Cardhu 12 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Cardhu 12 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.
Nose: Good body, decent sweetness, richness. Streaks of smoke, apple peels, bruised pears.
Palate: Smooth, rounded, gentle sweetness, soft peat. A little smoke whispers sweet nothings.
Finish: Long, dry smoke, malty touch of peat.
A group of 14 males all preferred this whisky to the Ardbeg 10 the Glengoyne 12 and the Glengoyne 10. We also tried a few others but I can't remember what they were. These four were the best but the Carhu was favourite.
30th March 2010
Jim Murray says that this malt has “The cleanest, uncluttered nose that you will ever find” and I can’t argue with that. It’d pleasantly balanced with a slight oliness, hints of toffee and burnt caramel, offset by its sweetness and a slight grassy note.
The palate is quite full. A pleasant, uncomplicated marriage of soft, butter-toffee oak and citrus fruit. Quite oily with a not unpleasant alcohol nip and a slight peppery finish. Pleasant if a bit unexciting,. I imagine that this is the sort of spirit that blenders would die for.
8th July 2010
dont know so much about noses and under/overtones,the bottom line is i am fond of a drop of malt,tried to many to think about and without doubt this is the best ive had,ok im not lucky enough to blow £5000 on a shot of some prehistoric malt but i doubt it would match this,compaired to this your average(glenmorangie/talasker ect) is only fit to get oil off the driveway,a superb warm,full bodied malt that wont break the bank
4th September 2010
Started drinking Cardhu in eighties,best malt by a long way. Bottle is well styled to squeeze out last drop!!
23rd January 2011
Best malt i have tasted buy a long way :) The best of the best...love it.
15th March 2011
THe best single malt by far. Take a sip and feel the gentle warm glow. Beautiful !!!!
22nd August 2011
Couldn't agree more with the above comments, it's the BEST, love it so much i daren't open a new bottle too soon, as I know that if I do then it will be gone to quickly!! OH DEAR!!
12th October 2011
Great Malt Very Very Pleasant
7th December 2011
Just recieved a bottle of this beautiful single malt for my 50th (thanks Niccii) and first impressions are that it is a superbly flavoured scotch, slightly ahead of Jura's 'superstition' which I got for christmas (thanks Helen).
6th January 2012
Sorry, I forgot to rate it.
Dollar for dollar the best I have ever tried. Cardhu and Oban definitely top my single malt list of favorites, Oban being a completely different breed.
26th January 2012
decided at 46 2012 was going to be the year i get to know single malts , Cardhu 12 is a must for anyone , so easy to drink and enjoy
9th February 2012
nicest malt ive ever tasted
28th February 2012
We just went to a tasting of Speyside 12 year old single malts. This was hands- down our favorite. Smooth with a honey finish.
12th July 2012
Two things I used to do for my father every year. one was to ring him from wherever I was in the world on St Patricks' Day and the other, was to buy a bottle of Cardhu for him on my way back from wherever I was in the world. He died about 15 years ago, so this was a lost habit of mine but, someone did me an enormous favour this weekend, he who is whisky lover, so what better way to thank him as to buy HIM a bottle of Cardhu too. I say it's the best way you can thank a friend and fellow whisky lover.
29th August 2012
...were in Scotland a month ago, visited different Speyside (Glenfarclas, The Glenlivet,The Macallan,..), Highlands (Oban, Talisker,..), Flatland (Glenkirchie)distilleries - tasted also some whiskies from Islay (Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg), Orkney and Springbank from Campbeltown. I like them all but Cardhu is after 10y my one and only single-malt love.
5th September 2012
One of the most scrumptious my palate has had the pleasure.
25th September 2012
This is a delicious Speyside. Very balanced, with a rich honey sweetness with flavors of apples and pears and some peppery spiciness. Just a hint of peat that comes through on the nice medium-long finish. Great everyday dram.
8th October 2012
Just been to Edinburgh for a weekend and bought this on a whim as a personal gift. I like my whiskeys but a lot tend to have a very strong finish to them. I was pleasently surprised to find this sweet, balanced single malt after a taster in the whiskey experience. A dram of this is perfect after a long day working.
8th March 2013
Viva o cardhu!
13th March 2013
This tasted better than the stuff the dukes made in their illegal whiskey barn!
28th March 2013
Limited edition bottled 1070 I unopened in original box with booklet. How do I know what this is worth and how to sell it
27th April 2013
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29th April 2013
Man this is one of the best I have tested in this category till date. I am single malt fan and this re-established my faith in the same. I had this bottle for a while but once I opened this my wish was that why didn't I did so sooner. Amazing taste and no hangover. I will rate it 9 as I have more to taste.
5th May 2013
Говорят его создавала женская рука. Возможно это так. Нежный, ароматный, в аромате, как и во вкусе чувствуются сухофрукты и ... духи! Очень элегантный и приятный солод! Дыма там нет и торфа тоже, а вот бочка иногда угадывается. Рекомендую!
(Translation using Google Translate: They say it created a woman's hand. Perhaps this is so. Delicate, fragrant, flavor, and taste like dried fruit, and felt ... perfume! Very elegant and pleasant malt! There is no smoke and peat, too, but the barrel is sometimes guessed. I recommend!)
8th June 2013
This was on sale at my local liquor store so I bought a bottle although I never liked scotch - to my surprise I loved sipping this its great sorry I missed it all there years
30th June 2013
I am a patriotic Scot, but live overseas and am actually fairly new to whisky. I've started running whisky tasting sessions here, where we try lots of different whiskies and judge them on what we personally think of them (rather than what anyone else here, on MoM may have said). This opinion is based on the fact that we (a multinational group of about 10 - 12 of us) were drinking this alongside some others. On that basis, my honest assessment (ours, in fact) was that this was pretty tame. More than one of my members commented simultaneously that it was 'for women'.So, sorry if you're a Cardhu fan, but this was definitely a well below average whisky. (By the way, one of our regular favourites is the Glenfarclas 105).
16th September 2013
Not a bad whisky but to me a bit bland and boring. Very light body and finish. The nose is pleasant but taste wise it doesn't deliver. Probably a good entry level whisky for single malt starters or occasional spirits drinkers.
11th November 2013
I have been drinking Scotch (single malts only) for over 20 years. I have tried many, anywhere from NAS to 35 year old from all regions of Scotland. I just bought a bottle of Cardhu 12 yr. I find it to be quite unremarkable. This scotch offers an extremely light nose, a very demure palate and an acidic finish with very little smoke or peateness. I have no doubt new to scotch drinkers will enjoy this tipple as it is easy to drink but very uncomplicated.
21st November 2013