In the early 1800’s a farmer by the name of John Cumming began using his barley for the illegal production of his own whisky. His farm Cardow was conveniently tucked away in the remote hills above the Spey river and for most of the time John, his wife Helen and their family were able to produce small amounts of illicit moonshine. Occasionally however the excise men would come calling and at these times Helen would offer them a warm, comfortable, place to rest and a hot meal to distract them from their official duties. A red piece of material was hung out the back of the farmhouse to warn John that there were excise men hunting out illegal stills. John would disguise the still and escape to the surrounding hills until it was safe to return home.
In 1824 John purchased a distilling license to make his whisky legally, with Helen proudly helping to distill their first gallon of legal malt whisky. Helen took a keen interest in the production of the whisky and after her husbands death helped her son and daughter in law produce small but high quality spirit.
Today the malt from Cardhu is presented in an elegant decanter with a beech wood stopper. It has the smooth, sweet, flavour of a typical Speyside malt is described as silky.
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700 ml, 40% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Silky-smooth Cardhu 12 comes from a long established Speyside distillery that began life as a farm in 1811. Taste, to discover a smooth, rich flavour with delicious layers of fruit, honey and nutty sweetness. Packaged in an elegant and prestigious decanter. - Whisky Bible 2011 score '90' - 'Silver' The Spirits Business 2015.
Beautifully presented in this limited edition gift set which includes 2 logo whisky glasses.
700 ml, 40% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Created using hand-picked toasted oak casks, Cardhu Gold Reserve offers something different to the classic 12 year old with a fruitier nose and a dry, warming palate.
700 ml, 40% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Cardhu Amber Rock is double matured in toasted American oak casks, this new no-age-statement release is described as tasting of citrus and honey with fruit, spice, sweetness and fresh vanilla. “The Bourbon nuances that develop from the second maturation in toasted casks seasoned with Bourbon whiskey add an even greater silkiness and roundness to the already balanced and delicious Cardhu, bringing vanilla and spice notes along with hints of oak.
700ml, 40.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)A deep-coloured, well balanced malt whisky of exceptional flavour and smoothness, in which all of Cardhu’s luscious ripe fruitiness is balanced by a delicious spicy dryness. Selected from 'very old oak casks', Cardhu Special Cask Reserve is richer and sweeter than the hugely popular 12 year old and has proved very successful since its release. "Good feel medium bodied mixing a dominant crisp dried grassy note with orange peel, chocolate and a creamy mid palate. Finish is Spicy with chocolate but dries fairly quickly.
Well balanced and worth seeking out" (whiskymag.com)