Cardhu is one of the Diageo Classic Malts and is a key part of the Johnnie Walker blends.
Cardhu 12, 40% ABV
Single malt Scotch whisky (Speyside)
Appearance: Orange tan.
Nose: Strong scent of wood at first. Then plums, syrup, caramel, honey. Some fruitcake-like spicy aromas.
Palate: Bitter at first, then honey and wood. Astringent.
Finish: More bitter than Maxine from those Hallmark cards.
Rating (of 100): 73. Does an about-face from nose to finish. Can't say I enjoyed this whisky past some parts of the nose. This is a whisky I had read about as being a great Speyside malt but, for me at least, I'd leave it on the shelf until I can get someone else to drink it.