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Cardhu 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Cardhu 12 Year Old

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Cardhu 12 Year Old Bottling Note

A well-balanced, gentle single malt from Speyside. Cardhu 12 is a very well put together malt.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of 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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Cardhu 12 Year Old Reviews

Smooth, very nice. But is it better than Gold Reserve?

Nice smooth dram. More pears than apple. Didn’t get any smoke that the description stated. Was expecting....well....a bit more tbh. I’ve had Gold Reserve several times and find that has a toffee apple taste that lingers. Found the pear aftertaste doesn’t stay that long. It’s a nice dram, great for those new comers to whisky but with the Gold Reserve usually 3-5 pounds cheaper and as low as £25 when on offer, I’ll be sticking to that.

29th July 2020

I’m ordering another one m!

I just bought my first bottle of Cardhu and am surprised at how smooth it is. Very nice whiskey indeed. It could become my ‘go to.’

19th July 2020


got 3 bottles in my cabinet had them 10 years

22nd June 2020

Smooth & delicate

Smooth and delicate. Perfect for a summer evening with the one you love.

15th June 2020

I definitely recommend Cardhu scotch.

Normally I don’t like scotch whiskey, I prefer rye, but I got a bottle of Cardhu for Christmas and I actually enjoyed it. I highly recommend it if you don’t like a bold scotch. It’s smooth.

11th May 2020

Like an apple cider

This is my first single malt scotch whisky. I actually have Laphroaig 10 and Talisker 10 but couldn't dare getting into single malt world with them. So I bought this bottle to train myself before opening those bottles. I know they are not in the same league but I couldn't get any peat smoke or taste. However I quite liked it. It is really smooth and easy to drink, smells and tastes like apple cider.

2nd May 2020


Very smooth, one of my absolute favourites and I find it even better than the gold. You will want more than one glass!

26th March 2020

Would happily buy this one again.

Wasn't going to try this as I was told it was made by JW (not a fan).
Glad I was talked out of it with a tasting.
Initial nose of honey, smooth on the palate with a great slightly peaty finish.
I'm pretty bloody happy with this one.

19th March 2020

A great dram

Very smooth and at a great price

1st February 2020

An affordable sip of luxury.

To me it's like having a glorious chat with an old dear friend - nothing to be apprehensive about after 25 years.
Warm and mellow - allways look forward to the time together - and to the next time. Excellent value.

31st January 2020

Great Stuff

This was my first ever aged single malt which was bought for me as a gift, having always been a bourbon drinker. I loved it and the next whisky I bought was a Laphroaig 10, from there i've tried almost every expression of Islay and rarely dipped back into anything else. I thought for a change I'd try a bit of nostalgia and picked up a bottle of this. To be honest its easy to see how i fell into Islays. Its's lovely and sweet which most Islays lack, its a great alternative bottle along with and Aberfeldy 10 for an Islay lovers drinks cabinet.

23rd August 2019

Gentle but not the best of its kind

This whiskey is smooth with a little hint of honey sweetness but a somewhat acidic finish which made it a little sweet and sour. Perhaps some will like that but for the same money I would opt for the brilliant Balvenie DoubleWood 12 which offers a similar flavour profile but truly almost melts in your mouth. Same price.

2nd February 2019

Very friendly to beginners

If you are a beginner who wants to pick a single malt to start with, this might be the best choice at a very reasonable price. Very balanced, you can easily recognize its tastes. Also not a bad one for sophisticated drinkers.

3rd January 2019

Not bad

Very drinkable and easy althought the complexity is closed to "zero".
The price range is good and you have what you deserve for this amount of money. I will not buy again, there is really nothing special about it. A kind of Glenfiddish or Craggenmore Whisky.

19th December 2018

Pears and zappel!

Didn't read the reviews before trying. Caught the sweetness but couldn't put anything in my mind. I covered one nostril and nosed it with the other. Pears, zappel, came to my mind. The finish is slightly smokey and yes, could also taste a bit of peat. But I did drink this right after the Lagavulin 16, so...

26th November 2018

A very nice Scotch for my liking.

Just recently returned from Scotland. Had the opportunity to sample the 12 and 18 year old Cardhu. Both are very nice. Seems peculiar but I think I liked the 12 year a little better. Prices back here in the US beat the Scotland prices, and the bottles in Scotland are 700ml, where here they’re 750ml. I will definitely be purchasing this on a regular basis.

15th November 2018

Smooth and Revitalising

I first bought the Cardhu in West Africa in 1966 and this has been my all time favourite malt whisky.

26th October 2018


Lovely gentle taste that lingers on the tongue and evokes memories of many a pleasant day spent in Scotland

5th September 2018

Cardhu at 25 Euros

Just found a bottle of 12 year old 70cl Cardhu gift set with 2 glasses for 25 euros in Eleclerc..France.. looking forward to a drop tomorrow

13th August 2018


Absolutely lovely!!!e Elegant rounded ... excellent to newbie

26th June 2018

To be honest

I personally loved this whiskey, for the price it's very good and better than many other 12 year old bottles available. Yes you can probably find something better if you spend another $30 or more but that goes with most bottles. It's very smooth for a 12 and very drinkable but still holds complexity compared to a singleton.

25th June 2018

Bit pricy but worth it.

Given to me by a friend as a birthday gift. Planned to keep as a tot a day bottle, but finished it within a few hours with some friends. Love the smoothness. Have been a Cardhu fan since.

9th June 2018

Good and okay

2 bottles of this. Tasted like different whiskeys. Bottle 1 was delicious bottle 2 was ok

28th April 2018

Caramelised pears

Very pleased, extremely smooth, sweet, its a bit like caramelised pears but cooked on an open fire as there is a touch of smoke, really quite tasty👍

27th December 2017

A precious gem brought back to market by Johnny Walker

I discovered Cardhu 20+ years ago and have been a fan ever since. I've tried dozens of different labels and ages over the years. But, compared to them, Cardhu has such an amazing balance from nose to tail without any harshness or overkill like some of the others. Being a chef my palate is highly refined for subtle flavors and nuances of aroma. Cardhu continues to be my #1 single malt Scotch. After 5 years I thought I'd never get to drink this amazing malt liquor again. Thank you JW for bringing it back to market after the original family passed.

23rd November 2017

Really nice

Wow, it's so smooth!

21st November 2017

Really lovely.

Absolutely lovely. Some say it's too sweet but I love that about it. I get loads of banana, toffee and sherryness. Feels like a Christmassy type of drink to me. Lovely drop. Will be buying more.

15th November 2017

Slight sweet, smooth

A genuinely well rounded singly although.. Smoother a day silkier with fruit and honey layered after taste.

1st November 2017

A Dram of Pleasure

My favorite Single Malt, period.

15th September 2017

Smooth with some character

Bought this mistakenly for sherry. Pricewise it was comparable to the Glenlivet 12, but has a more herbal taste in my opinion. I kept smelling star anise for some reason. Will be going through this bottle slowly as a sipper.

14th July 2017

Too Commercial We All Familiar

It is a very commercial, easy-drinking scotch. Bought it on sale for $59.99 CAD so no complain.

Peach, honey, heather, peanuts, wood (oak/sherry); weak finishing; no smoke, no peat.

If I were a newbie, I would give this a 5-star (and it still deserve a 4 star from a veteran)

After some years in scotch, I would say this doesn't do it for me anymore (just like the Highland Park 12 yr).

There are better value-options e.g. JW Black Label 1.75L always on sale before Christmas, or more exciting prospects Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 yr, Auchentoshan Valinch, Nikka from the Barrel etc...

To me, I felt like drinking another scotch from the old man's cabinet which the taste we are all too familiar.

3rd July 2017

It's fine, but not that interesting

Quite nice, but a bit too sweet for my taste. Very dominant honey and malt. Not very complex.

18th June 2017

So good, Try it. If you don't like it , please send the remainder to me.

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

Mr Amrit Sen

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

Favorite Scotch. Not to mention being unbeatable for the money.

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

Excellent and well balanced

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

unexpected pleasure

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

Totally ubalanced

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

A Pleasant Surprise

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

Cardhu 12 year old

Most spectacular. Smooth as silk. A winner.

18th June 2016

Holy moly

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

Better then...

This single malt surpass the Crown Royal by miles....

Guy B.
Alberta, Canada....

26th March 2016

Drank half a bottle first time drinking this!

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

My favorite

Let me preface this by stating my sense of smell. I get sweet, smoke, and smooth.

22nd February 2016

Peat /smoke and enduring flavor

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

Joe Cordeiro

just the best i ever had !!!!! just amazing scotch

17th June 2015

not too shabby

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

Many will admire, few will understand

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

Truly Amazing

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

Uno de los mejores Whiskei

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

cardhu 12

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

Tired a bunch love Cardhu

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......

30th March 2014

Best Value for A 12

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

A Favorite since 1980

This is the first single malt we ever tried, we were in London at the time. We have continued to purchase it when
we could find it, it disappeared for a time. A humorous note, we have an elderly Australian named after this lovely

13th January 2014

I can still taste it....

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

top ho

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

Below average

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

Nothing to get too excited about.

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

Poor in comparison to others

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

first time scotch drinker

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

Очень хороший! Евгений из Украины

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

One of the best I tested in 12 yrs catagory

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

@1970 cardhu

Hi, if you'd like to drop an email to, they will be more than willing to help you out! -- The Chaps at Master of Malt

29th April 2013

1970 cardhu

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

Boss Hog

This tasted better than the stuff the dukes made in their illegal whiskey barn!

28th March 2013


Viva o cardhu!

13th March 2013

Smooth and well balanced

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

Smooth and mellow

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

Terrence. State Side

One of the most scrumptious my palate has had the pleasure.

25th September 2012

MPerko, Slovenia

...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

My dad's favorite

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

Smooth as silk, golden glow

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

donny glasgow

nicest malt ive ever tasted

28th February 2012

One of my favourites

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

Doug in Smyrna, Tennesse USA

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

Jay in Cornwall

Sorry, I forgot to rate it.

6th January 2012

Jay in Cornwall.

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


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 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

Better than some others in a taste test

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

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