Cadenhead’s live casks are essentially ongoing cask strength blends of various things from a particular region. As such, they vary from batch to batch, and so are always an interesting option- but once they’re gone they’re gone! We thought the Highland cask fit particularly well into the 12 drams set, but get down there and try the Cambeltown and Islay casks if you can.
We’d really love to hear what you think of this dram, either by commenting below or getting in touch on Twitter via @MaltiplyWhisky.
Here are my notes:
Nose: Something of the seaside, and green apples
Taste: Sweet biscuits at first, and rich cereal subsiding into apple again
Finish: Cut grass, black pepper and I think the apples are still lingering!
I enjoyed this, but thought it was quite hard to place – nose, taste and finish were all quite different – be intrigued to know which malts were in this…
N: Light, with subtle herbs. White sugar.
T: Slightly sour, a little bitter maybe – like an unidentifiable medicine. Cherry pie.
F: Thai spices
Yeah, I also had to try this a few times before I came up with any notes!
Nose: preserved lemons, glue, yellow melon.
Taste: marmalade, burnt toast & sour things.
Finish: long and drying
A bit of water helps this one a lot.
How did it change the taste for you? Think we had quite similar experiences of the taste without water!
Getting prawn crackers on the finish this time
Prawn (Christmas) Crackers?
Nose: Milk chocolate, a squeaky old barn door. Buttery / melted butter on popcorn. Old man whisky.
Taste: Like a distinguished old man (take that how you will), burnt butterscotch. Treacle burnt onto a tin, Werther’s Original. With water: bitter & herby.
Finish: Slow to start – full on – then quickly fades.
This was generally agreed to be the best of the first 3, with scores hovering around 7.2/10