Cardhu 11yo 2020 Special Release Speyside Single Malt 700ml

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 Cardhu 11yo 2020 Special Release Speyside Single Malt 700ml

Diageo Special Releases 2020

This Cardhu 2008 was part of the Special Releases 2020. It was matured in refill American Oak casks, as well as virgin casks and ex-bourbon fresh-charred hogsheads.

Nose: fresh and vibrant, with a nice sourness of Granny Smith apples, lime and unripe pineapple. Lemon icing on a vanilla cake. Meadow flowers, herbs and lightly floral oak. Ginger and suble heather honey as well. Coconut flakes. Nice and easy.

Mouth: clean and pleasant with a fairly tart fruity side again, almost a hint of citric acid, mixed with some (virgin) oak spice. Mid-palate it turns towards sweet lemon candy, honeyed breakfast cereals and light biscuity notes. Almonds. White pepper. A very subtle bitter edge, like grapefruit peel or IPA beers.

Finish: medium, drier and quite grassy now, with limoncello, vanilla cream and peppery notes.

Cardhu is a name that is easily ignored in a Special Releases line-up, but this is actually one of the nice surprises in the 2020 selection. It shows an immaculate freshness and a kind of apéritif style, very vibrant and pleasant. 

Alc: 56%


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