After the very disreputable Glen Spey we tried earlier, we explore the range hoping to find something more consistent to get our palate into. Today, it is the Glencadam case that occupies us…
Nose : We have a quite vivid nose yet with a certain sweetness. There seems to be a little honey coating with some orange and cane sugar. We also perceive some malt, some pastry cream… It is not really evolving rather than it needs a little time to disperse its alcohol. We finally get some cork and some almonds, even if the sugar tends to have the upper hand. A nose which ends by rounding itself a little bit. Basic and kind of muddled but not fundamentally unpleasant. Water lightens it a bit but we’ll need to see how it impacts the mouth.
Mouth : The texture lacks a bit of roundness and the alcohol is too present. We start on a good presence of malt, cane sugar and a lot of spices (nutmeg, black pepper, ginger), the whole thing being very dry despite the sugar part. Orange (zest) and vanilla are next on the list and the alcohol eases up (a bit). A scattered mouth, mainly between sugar and spices. The water allows to calm the fire (but does not extinguish it), which leaves us on a sugar-spices-oranges triptych that, without having a great stature, remains decent.
Finish : Short, however the persistence is on spices with the ginger freshness and the black pepper strength. We still have some orange, some milk chocolate and a little bit of cork. The aftertaste is drier still with some ginger and some cinnamon.