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"Balanced if not hugely complex."

Dave Broom 2008, Whisky Magazine, Issue 73

The perfect

The smooth, honeyed flavours of a 12 Year Old Cardhu shine best when served neat or over ice.


The delicate sharpness of these highland strawberry chocolate truffles pairs perfectly with Cardhu’s soft, intensely fruity quality.

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The Hot Toddy has a long history of warming cockles. And the generous nature of Cardhu is the ideal choice, offering sweet apple and heather notes along with a warming, dryish finish.

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Cardhu 12 Years Old On The Flavour Map
Taste the character and craft in every drop.

Smoky Rich Delicate Light


For many, the classic Speyside malt whisky.


Golden honey.


Heady, with pear drops, heather, resin and sweet honey-nut notes.


Soft, pleasing and medium bodied.


Well balanced, smooth mouthfeel; sweet and fresh, then drying.


Lingering sweet smoke in the attractive, drying aftertaste.


Distillery: CardhuTM

Age: 12 years old

Strength: 40% ABV

Place of Origin: Cardow

Region: Speyside


in brief… Attractive, subtle complexity; elegant and worth knowing.

in a sentence… Spirity nose with sweet apple blossom and heathery aromas, well balanced palate with good viscosity, warming with a drying finish.


At full strength, heady, nose prickle, pear drops and tightly integrated heather, resin and sweet honey-nut notes. Enticing. Intriguing. With a little water, still harmonious but less pronounced, allowing some malt cereal, soft, spicy wood, moorland and faint traces of wood-smoke to appear.


Well balanced, smooth mouthfeel; short punch, sweet and fresh, then a pronounced drying effect. Moorish. Enjoyable at any time, with little or no water.


Quite short. Some lingering sweet smoke in the attractive, drying aftertaste.

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"This is a grassy malt,which at 12 years also has heightened citric spray of sweet orange zest and a gingery aspect (it's great with ginger ale). Intense and vibrant with macadamia and a light heathery note, the palate confounds expecations, having a tick chewiness before the grass zings through, adding lift."

Dave Broom, 2013, Whisky Advocate Summer 2013, p.114

"An enjoyable whisky which will do well as a summer drink."

Rob Allanson 2008, Whisky Magazine, Issue 73

"Very fragrant, with vibrant fruit (nectarine, plum, guava, pineapple, clementine), honeyed vanilla, and subtle macadamia. Fairly light (a pre-dinner or leisurely afternoon malt, perhaps?), but evenly balanced. A gentle introduction to single malts for the blended scotch drinker."

John Hansell 2010, Malt Advocate Fall 2010, p.75

"... this one really does the job, it won't offend anyone and actually please everyone."

Serge Valentin 2013,

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