Glencadam you say, who are Glencadam?

By their own admission the Glencadam Distillery in Brechin can often go “Under the Radar”. Their current owners, Angus Dundee, acquired the distillery from Allied Domecq in 2003 and since then there’s been a plethora of whiskies with various finishes and ages. With a relatively small capacity of 1.3 million litres  their core range could almost be classed as “Small Batch” when you consider that their Standard 10 year-old usually only comprises of 25 casks, maybe the reason you’ve not heard about it is there’s not enough to go around!

Lets have a look!

Glencadam 10 Year-Old

Highland

Bourbon Casks

Abv 46%

£33.95

Colour

Pale Gold

Nose

Pineapple Chunks in Vanilla Custard. Buttercups and Digestive biscuits.

Palate

Thick cling with tangerine white pepper, conference pears, floral honey and single cream.

Finish

Medium fade with ground ginger through to spring meadows.

Glencadam 15 Year-Old

Highland

Bourbon Casks

Abv 46%

£57.95

Colour

Pale Gold

Nose

Bees Wax and Palma Violets. Soft spear mint and tinned Peaches.

Palate

Double cream texture, hay bales and melon balls with banana and pineapple upside down cake.

Finish

Medium Length with icing sugar and fruit salad sweets.

Glencadam 21 Year-Old 

Highland

Bourbon Casks

Abv 46%

£99.70

Colour

Pale Gold

Nose

White currants and root veg roasted in honey. Fresh passion fruit and Panettone.

Palate

Mouth filling with juicy orange, green apple, pineapple, melon and cream vanilla fudge with slight root ginger heat.

Finish

Medium Length once more with ginger lowering through melon.

Overview

I like these, accessible drams, with Bourbon maturation across the range giving a real understanding of the character of the spirit. The fruity “DNA” and thick texture hold true throughout, and there’s enough in the way of counterpoints to keep things interesting.

So, you may not have heard of them, and they may not have the Marketing Budget of the “Glenmorangies” of this world. But Glencadam are well worth getting to know!

As usual, it’s not up to me to tell you what to like, go out and find out for yourself! I dare you!

Cheers

Connas