Now I’ve not tried many Glencadam expressions and if I’m honest didn’t know a great deal about the distillery. So when I was given this bottle of Origin 1825 as a gift at the beginning of the year, I had no idea what to expect from this bottle or the distillery.
So while I was having my first dram of Glencadam, I decided to research the history of the distillery. They are the only distillery still in production in the county of Angus, an area of the highlands that boarders Perth & Kinross my family’s county. They opened in 1825 by a Mr Cooper who based the distillery in Brechin, just two years later in 1827 he sold the company to a David Scott who was the first in a long line of new owners. That is until 1950 when Hiram Walker bought the distillery, running it until it’s closure in 2000.
Thankfully in June 2003 Angus Dundee distillers purchased the distillery, reopening and starting production immediately. The first expression launched from the new management, was a 15yo in 2005. The portfolio was relaunched in 2009 with new packaging and expressions.
The Origin 1825 is a no age statement expression, made from a marriage of whisky matured in American white oak bourbon barrels and Spanish Oloroso sherry butts. Bottled at 40% abv, I’m not sure about colouring and the proportion of each type of barrel used etc.
So how does it taste..
Nose: Vanilla fudge, fruity, peaches poached in syrup, red berries, sweet bubblegum, creamy with a hint of oak..
Palate: Oak, Ginger, unripe apples, cranberries, vanilla, quite smooth, feels thinner than the nose suggests..
Finish: gentle with a mix of ginger and oak spice, a soft coffee grind appears, not too long..
I’ll start by saying this is quite a nice dram, it doesn’t shout out in any one area but as a whole is satisfying. It is something that you could easily drink with friends and just enjoy while you chat. It’s not too complex and if I’m honest didn’t taste like it had some sherry finished whisky in it ( but that suits me ). That for me makes it an easy drinker with friends that don’t want something too complex. I will say that I feel it’s quite a good NAS whisky and for a sub £30 is good value for money.
Would I buy this bottle myself, I will say yes and no. Yes because it’s a good malt and very easy to drink and enjoy, the no is simple down to the fact I could find something else at this price point that is just a touch better that I prefer..