Glencadam Reserva Andalucia (46%, OB 2020)

As the name suggests, the Reserva Andalucia is a rare foray into sherry cask maturation from Glencadam. There’s no age statement, but like almost all Glencadams it’s bottled without chill-filtration or additional colouring. I’m not 100% sure wherher it’s a marriage of fully Oloroso matured and Oloroso finished malt, or whether it’s all a finish – either way, we shouldn’t expect a sherry bomb here.

Nose: Apple strudel, butterscotch, caramel, dried fruit. The sherry does not erase the light distillate, with fresh fruit notes (apples) appearing in the background.

Palate: Sultanas, puff pastry, butterscotch again. Quite bold for Glencadam, but, as expected, it’s balanced and by no means a sherry bomb. Again there are fresh apples in the background, as well as a faint grassiness.

Finish: Medium, nutty, with a slightly bitter edge.

Comments: I prefer my Glencadams from bourbon casks, but this is a solid sherried whisky at a reasonable price. The natural presentation certainly is a big plus compared to some of its competitors at similar price points.

Score: 82/100

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