New scotch for tasting in Nowy Świat
Cardhu 12 years old (Bottled 1970s) / 43% – Cardhu Distillery (also known as Cardow) was founded in 1824 by John Cumming. John Walker & Sons bought the distillery in 1893 for £20 500 and Cardhu malt has been a key component to Johnnie Walker blends ever since. The 12 years old expression has been around for over 50 years, as early as 1965 it was available as Cardow. Here we got a bottle from the 1970s, labeled for the Italian importer Wax & Vitale. It is heavily sherried Cardhu, very different from today’s 12 years old expression.
Nose: big and rich, roasted chestnuts, moist forest floor, linseed oil, marzipan, candied orange peel, dark chocolate and traces of peat smoke.
Palate: rich and complex, slightly oily, pretty strong mineral notes, honey, almonds, prunes, oranges, grapefruits, hints of peat and cacao.
Finish: long, earthy and mineral, dark chocolate and hints of peat smoke in the background.