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A well-balanced, gentle single malt from Speyside. Cardhu 12 is a very well put together malt.
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.
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This was recommended by an old friend, who was responsible for my taste for Scotch. I like gentle single malts, just a whisp of smoke, or peat. over the years I have tried a load of brands, ages, distillery locations, etc. I find that aging, price, brand, distillery locations don't matter, its whats in my glass and mouth. I have enjoyed Glenlivet and Glenfiddick, especially their reserves and 15 year olds. I do have to say that my daily goto is Islay Mist. Very inexpensive and surprisingly pleasant, especially for an 8 year. But when I have the extra $$, Cardhu will be getting it.
31st March 2017
Very Smooth for a single malt. Wonderful drink with nice after taste. I feel it is the best single malt I have ever tasted.
2nd November 2016
Even after receiving a pretty extensive education in Scotch I never found one I felt like having more than a single shot of. They were nice and I appreciated them very much but none of them ever struck me as something I wanted to drink over the course of an entire evening. The first time I sat with my Scotch educator and a bottle of Cardhu it was gone in a few hours - hitting it straight up. After every sip my mouth just seems to want to have another. As a result, it's really hard for me to keep a bottle of this around.
4th October 2016
I like the nose. Smooth, floral and fresh. The taste is totally different. Almost not the same whisky. Very aggressive and acid. I do not like it at all
21st September 2016
The tasting notes are right on. I tried it once in a restaurant and absolutely love it, I went to buy a bottle right after. Good smoky notes and the after taste is superb. Very gentle. I wonder how the 15yo tastes like. Look forward to try that one.
31st August 2016
wasn't to impressed with the nose, but it has a pleasant honey/toffee taste. i'm not a fan of peaty malts but the slight hint in this one didn't put me off. not great but not bad either.
19th August 2016
I like the nose. Smooth, floreal and fresh. The taste is totally different. Almost not the same whisky. Very aggressive and acid. I do not like it at all
5th August 2016
Purchased on a whim, this became the "go to" celebration single malt. Clean, damn near refreshing, and subtly sweet. This is special occasion stuff.
9th July 2016
Most spectacular. Smooth as silk. A winner.
18th June 2016
Just took my first sip & it is shockingly good. Not overpowering or intimidating, but subtle.. Sweet & soft but with a lovely long lasting smokey finish
29th March 2016
This single malt surpass the Crown Royal by miles....Guy B. Alberta, Canada....
26th March 2016
what the hell... I can't find any wods for this whiskey.. just finshied half a bottle! never use to do that on any whisky I've tasted!
23rd March 2016
Let me preface this by stating my sense of smell. I get sweet, smoke, and smooth.
22nd February 2016
there is a peat and smoke flavor, smooth to the palate, and a lasting peat and smoke flavor after swallowing. one of the smoothest scotches. one of my favorites with the Balvenie.
16th July 2015
just the best i ever had !!!!! just amazing scotch
17th June 2015
got as a gift not bad at all very well rounded not too complex but some nice honey/toffee notes followed by a gentle smoke. For the price very good indeed
20th May 2015
I am wondering if I got a bad batch, as I was looking forward to trying this but ended up thinking the 'Card' in 'Cardhu' is short for 'Cardboard', unfortunately. It just did not seem to have any personality or distinguishing features. I am a peat lover, but that's not it - I tried Glenmorangie Quinta Rubin the same night and loved it. I guess it all comes down to opinion (shocker!).
27th April 2015
Fantastic Scotch! It's my favorite Whisky
6th March 2015
I'm a big Speyside fan...though I like my bourbons, and can appreciate my Laphroaig on a raw winter's night as well. Got the wife to buy a bot of Cardhu and one of Strathisla from the duty free on the way back form a business trip.Opened the Cardhu after dinner yesterday. First up, the bottle design itself is worth buying for. The design reminds me of opulent cellars and big, vaulted dining halls with a roaring fire and suckling pig on the table. Grand.The nose is pure honey, with just a wee hint of fruits and flowers. The palate is distinguished, opulently rich, gorgeously smooth and thick, no afterburn, just honey, apples, a whiff of toffee and maple syrup. Brilliantly rich, but stops just short of overdoing it. Refined with a capital R. Its like the lady of the mansions that belongs to a distinguished, old-moneyed family. Effortlessly opulent without being a gauche show-off. The finish is wonderful - long but not too long, just a trace of oak and spices balancing out the sweetness.I can understand why many will question "character" - it doesn't have the big notes you'll get in an Islay, or it doesn't burst with fruits like a Glenmorangie. But if you appreciate balance, sophistication, and refinement, this malt is second to none. It's designer all right, think Dior meets Elizabeth Arden. Top, top single malt, and I can't see it lasting long in my cabinet!
4th March 2015
We have been drinking malts over the last couple of years. This is one of the best I've had. Comparable to any glen and better than most. The 12 yr is not heavy on my wallet as well. Overall a great drink to catch up with friends.
3rd March 2015
Para mi uno de los 2 mejores del mundo si no es el mejor
5th January 2015
Great Experiance! Smooth and no hangover.
1st January 2015
Excellent! My first impression and that will not change! Rich, smooth and a soft finish.
31st December 2014
This is strange,there is no arrival to speak of but the finish is superb.
22nd December 2014
This is the absolute best Scotch malt there is at this dollar point! I love the aroma that i inhale as I take a sip. It is like liquid gold in my mouth! Amazing flavor with no strong after taste and a pleasant burn as it goes down! I prefer to sip one or two fingers UNDILUTED by ice or water in my favorite chair!! I have tried many other malts out there, some at higher price point and some lower BUT I always come back to Cardhu. Thank you!
15th November 2014
first time I have tried this malt, would recommend to all malt drinkers
7th October 2014
A true classic single malt. Does everything really well - sweetness with an earthy quality, hints of fruit, sherry notes and smoke. Well balanced and slips down beautifully easily and smoothly. Also widely available in Spain, where I am spending more and more time.
15th September 2014
Liked it better than johnny walker blue
17th July 2014
I prefer the lighter finishes, I can drink more and I don't get the hangover. This is my very favorite of them all, compares a little to Glenmorrangi. It won't take you off your feet neat or with a couple cubes I love it.
20th May 2014
Love it, goes down a treat and no hangover x
1st April 2014
OK, My next Dog will be named Cardhu! Just Saying....
30th March 2014
Are U kidding! $45!?!?! is all I paid for this! I bought this upon former said reviews, and WOW what A serious find! Soooo smooth, Huge Flavor, Love it. This is crushing my $65- $100 bottles of everything and I have A lot of bottles! I am going to order the samples from the rest of this fine house. Truly unreal for the $$$$!!! Tis A problem this fine Liquid, I cannot put the glass down......
I just picked this up for $45 USD at a local store. I REALLY like this one!! Very good quality for the price, I Highly recommend adding this to your collection. Makes me want to try the 15 & 18. The finish is So smooth, I do not think one could find anything better at $45 dollars!
29th March 2014
This is the first single malt we ever tried, we were in London at the time. We have continued to purchase it whenwe could find it, it disappeared for a time. A humorous note, we have an elderly Australian named after this lovelywhisky.
13th January 2014
It has to be three years since I sipped it and was looking on Google to see if I can find some (my liquor store no longer stocks it). It has been a while but I can still taste it. And as far as what Poor In Comparison said....put a dress on me, I'll drink it!!!! Smoothest whisky I ever tasted, bar none.
8th January 2014
lovely nose and as sophisticated as you'll find....unfortunately you could drink this all night....if you get a chance of this at a knockdown pricethen grab it..YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED
21st December 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
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 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
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
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
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
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29th April 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
This tasted better than the stuff the dukes made in their illegal whiskey barn!
28th March 2013
Viva o cardhu!
13th March 2013
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
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
One of the most scrumptious my palate has had the pleasure.
25th September 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
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
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
nicest malt ive ever tasted
28th February 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
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
Sorry, I forgot to rate it.
6th January 2012
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).
Great Malt Very Very Pleasant
7th December 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
THe best single malt by far. Take a sip and feel the gentle warm glow. Beautiful !!!!
22nd August 2011
Best malt i have tasted buy a long way :) The best of the best...love it.
15th March 2011
Started drinking Cardhu in eighties,best malt by a long way. Bottle is well styled to squeeze out last drop!!
23rd January 2011
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
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
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