The Glencadam 25 year-old was a limited release of 1600 bottles, presented in a sturdy wooden box. It will set you back a lot more than any other official Glencadam, and is still available at The Whisky Exchange at the time of writing. Like most Glencadams, it was matured exclusively in ex-bourbon casks, so we should expect a lot of fruity goodness. I first tried it at a blind tasting, and luckily I saved a bit to sample on its own as well.
Nose: Ripe red apples and citrus fruits are at the forefront. Antique furniture note. Nectarines, apricots in the height of summer. Honeydew melon. Very evocative.
Palate: Rich and quite fruity again – it’s amazing that after 25 years there’s still a direct connection to the citrus and slight tang of the Glencadam spirit. Nectarines and apricots. Antique wood. It’s an elegant style with a perfect balance between cask and distillate.
Finish: Quite sweet – this is where the oak is more apparent – with scones and a nutty end.
Comments: This is a beautiful whisky – one of the best (if not the best) I tried in 2020. Richly fruity, elegant and perfectly balanced, it reminds me above all of older Balblairs – the 1991 especially. Sadly I don’t have the wallet for it, but as I said elsewhere Glencadam does offer some amazingly good value for money drams, so we can’t complain too much!