Three Impeccable GlencadamsA first rate whisky in the eyes of blenders, Glencadam has always been sought after by the world’s best known whisky labels. Its new make is characterised by floral notes and orchard fruits, in particular, pear drops, the result of a distillation regime that maximises reflux (the lyne arms on the stills are angled upwards). Refill American oak seems to best suit the distillery style where even at just a decade old, Glencadam offers a delicious co-mingling of fruity-barley sweetness. Further ageing brings an almost buttery texture to the palate. Yet, this is a distillery that's gone unnoticed by more than a few malt afficianados. That's slowly changing as the quality is recognised by more and more whisky lovers. Recent proprietary bottlings have received extraordinary praise from Jim Murray who sums up Glencadam as "... among the world's greatest distilleries producing one of the most charming whiskies of them all." Difficult to source of late, this is your opportunity to grab three of the best!
Glencadam was owned by a David Scott and his descendants from 1827-1891, during which it was rented to various distillers. Over the next few decades the distillery had a succession of owners. Glencadam was mothballed during both world wars, the warehouses instead used to barrack soldiers. There is still a mark on the grass by No. 2 warehouse where their commissary was. Glencadam was bought in the 1950s by Hiram Walker, which subsequently became Allied Domeq, who closed the distillery in 2000. Finally purchased by Angus Dundee Distillers on 1st June 2003, an independent Scottish company, they restarted production immediately, launching Glencadam 15 Year old by December 2005. This was subsequently re-launched in November 2009 with new packaging, alongside the release of a 10 year old expression. More have followed. It remains an important component of the Ballantine’s blends.