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Meet the Distillery Only Bottle

A one of a kind Cardhu

Cardhu Distillery are delighted to present this rare and elegant Single Malt expression that is a complex version of the whiskies Cardhu have become world famous for. With a limited release of 1800 bottles, a unique cask story and 48% ABV, this Distillery Only bottle is a whisky worth travelling to experience yourself.

Cardhu Distillery nestles in a picturesque setting in the heart of Speyside. Speyside is known all over the world as “whisky country.” The Cardhu Distillery which is the only distillery started by a women is also part of the world famous Malt Whisky Trail. An essential route for anyone wishing to visit a whisky distillery in the Speyside area.

Now we invite you to come and not only tour our distillery, but sample this unique Cardhu expression only available at the Visitor Centre. A treat for whisky novices and connoisseurs alike, it’s a memory that one can continue to sample and savour even from home with your own Distillery Only bottle.

Here to describe the Cardhu Distillery Only bottle is Brand Home Lead Guide Jo Henderson.  

This is the first time Cardhu has ever had a Distillery Only Bottling so that definitely makes it special! Also while it does remind you of the signature 12 year old Cardhu, it is actually much more complex. American Refill Casks have been selected for this bottling because they have sweet and malty flavours rather than delicate and fruity flavours.

When it comes to aromas, on its own this special bottling of Cardhu reveals malty aromas of sweet stewed fruits with a creamy, spicy and woody background.

With the addition of water, the rich aromas gain confidence with more of the fresh fruit aromas coming through. But even with a drop of water, the overall aroma remains true to its malty roots. Meanwhile, notes of sweet bread and banana loaf dance on the nose while hints of creamy, spicy and woody aromas with a slightly nutty play in the background.

Once you’ve taken in the malty and fruity aromas, we invite you to sip and savour a whisky of dynamic flavours. When served neat, expect a sweet, smooth and creamy palate intermingled with ripe fruits and spice. The finish is medium with a malty aftertaste.

Just a drop of water to this special bottling of Cardhu takes you on a journey of flavour. Initially vibrant with fresh citrus fruits and grass, this is soon cut by the sweetness of ripe fruit and spice. 

If you’re looking for foods to pair with this special bottle, try a slice of Lemon Drizzle Cake as a nice contrast to the smooth, malty notes of the whisky.

Once you’ve visited the distillery, there are wonderful attractions to see in the area to complete your Speyside experience.

I would highly recommend a visit to Cragganmore Distillery which is only 9 miles away from Cardhu. This quaint, little distillery uses a unique flat-top still design to create one of the most complex Speyside Single Malt Whiskies. I would definitely recommend taking the Cragganmore Expressions Tour because you get to have your tasting of 3 expressions of Cragganmore in the exclusive Clubroom.

Treat yourself or a loved one to an unforgettable whisky experience. Our Distillery Only bottles make exceptional gifts as well as a chance to sip and savour a rare whisky yourself at home.