Cadenhead’s 175th Picture This…- Scotch Whisky News


175th Picture This…

Here we are in the hight of the summer season and obviously still turning out some amazing new single malts. The response to the last outturn took us all by surprise in London as vintage after vintage vanished from the shelves. Taste was the main driving force for the sudden demand that overtook us as customer after customer was blown away. Back in January we did say 2017 was going to be special I think we can agree it’s lived up to all our expectations and more. August sees the largest release of the season, with our small batch range and the 175th Picture Labels.

The Fellowship Of The Cask

In London, a small group who answered a call on Facebook took part in 17 blind samples, from the 17 our group (The Fellowship of the Cask as they are known) selected a top 5 based on taste. No other detail was revealed to them be it age, wood or distillery. They narrowed their top 5 into order with the Glenburgie 25 years old, distilled 1992, bottled a few weeks ago coming out on top. They loved the taste and complexity of the dram and for once they did not go for an Islay!

This same process of selecting and tasting was carried out in each of the Cadenhead’s 9 Shops. We expected a few to go for the same product but they all chose a unique cask, so no issues over who would get their first option! 10 Casks have been bottled, one for each shop plus a Springbank for the first outlet in Aberdeen back in 1842, this also marks the move from Aberdeen to Campbeltown of Cadenhead’s.

All the casks selected are listed at the end of this Newsletter. I bet you guys think this is it for the 175th! Well not quite is all we can say for now…

Now to the whisky and the ones to watch…

When I select a whisky I am looking for taste obviously, age and the cask type…Same as most others no doubt unless it’s a rare cask bottling you want! Lets dig into the taste over the age shall we so where should you start?

Ord 2005 (See notes below), this is a rare highland whisky that’s had several vintages released, each one becomes highly prized due to reviews and tasting room demand. Think summer fruits with a dash of vanilla make this dram drinkable on it’s own or after dinner.

Glen Spey 2001, this has always been a top favourite here in London since way back in 1995! Citrus freshness for a clean palate with a touch of old school elegance, this is a must have dram for all-round drinkers.

Each vintage is exceptional this season, as always our selected top dram will be down to how different it is and what the reaction was. The great thing about whisky is the ever changing tastes we get, so much so we are always updating what was the best in the tasting via our shops Facebook page you will see what others say via Stephen Worrall (Cadenhead’s London) you do need a request to view the full page.

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