At full strength, the aromas are heady, with nose prickle, pear drops and tightly integrated heather, resin and sweet honey-nut notes. It is both enticing and intriguing. With a little water, it is still harmonious but less pronounced, allowing some malt cereal, soft, spicy wood, moorland and faint traces of wood-smoke to appear. The palate is well balanced, with a smooth mouthfeel. It has flavours that are short and punchy, sweet and fresh, then there is a pronounced drying effect. Enjoyable at any time, with little or no water. It finishes quite short but there is some lingering sweet smoke in the attractive, drying aftertaste.
The smooth, honeyed flavours of a 12 Year Old Cardhu shine best when served neat or over ice. We would recommend trying Cardhu 12 Year Old with the delicious handmade strawberry chocolate truffles from the Highland Chocolatier (https://www.highlandchocolatier.com), a business that is local to us here in Perthshire.