Wednesday, 20 April 2016

William Cadenhead, Speyside malt, 40 years old

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An un-named 40 year old Speysider under the William Cadenhead label, this was released alongside the 31, 32 Caol Ila, 39 Bunna.  I bought a bottle of this to split and now regret not securing more than 10cl.  It’s seriously good.  And it was only £125.  I think the anonymous label, the low strength and the low price worried me slightly but Stephen at Cadenheads told me it was good, I should have listened to him and will from now on.

It’s Glenfarclas in here though (of course… it’s always Glenfarclas), it’s printed on the bottom of the bottle.  Oops.

William Cadenhead, Speyside malt, 40 years old, 40.2%, A⊕+

20160420_072135Nose - Intense, sweet, polished wood. Old school permanent markers (the metal ones) and turkish delight, quite solventy but so much floral sweetness. Leatherette and cologne, hot candle wax. But most of all, it's just so approachable - almost a tropical balance of sweet, sour and structure. Pretty groovy.

Body - Big and balanced, good structure late on with raisins and tobacco … almost at cigar level.

Finish - Medium, caramel and mango juice (more the texture than the flavour I guess). Slightly effervescent at the end.

A fun, balanced, well structured whisky with lots to offer.  I think the main thing this is, is approachable.  Crushable, even?  Dangerously drinkable anyway, what a gem!

6 comments:

  1. There is a Glenfarclas 1973 40.2% Authentic Collection still available. Same whisky per chance?

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    1. From memory, a different colour, so I'm guessing that's a coincidence - perhaps when it gets to 40.2%, it's straight into glass ASAP!

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    2. Not same they had a couple of "farclas" casks they married and since they are only allowed to sell 2 bottlings named Glenfarclas each year they thought it would be fun to bottle a "cheap" 40yo :) It´s 2 plain casks as Glenfarclas calls 4th or 5th refill casks and bourbon casks.

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  2. Thanks for the notes Ben. It's 43 years old apparently

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  3. Yes, it was confirmed that it is actually 43 years old. Still not sure understand the logic of that, but I'm very glad I grabbed a couple of bottles

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    1. Well the logic is that they had the casks and wanted to bottle a 40yo under the new Cadenhead label. 40 sounds more even than 43 ;)

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