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Cardhu Whisky


Cardhu Speyside Whisky

Cardhu, Diageo’s best selling single malt Scotch whisky, was originally founded in 1811 by a notorious whisky smuggler called John Cumming. The Cardhu distillery sits high on the Northern banks of the river Spey in Moraytown, overlooking the imposing mountain range, Ben Rinnes. John licensed the distillery a year after the Excise Act of 1823, thereby ending his illicit operation.

Cardhu was purchased for £20,500 in 1893 by John Walker and Sons, who latterly became purveyors of the renowned Johnnie Walker blends. In 1930, the distillery was acquired by Distillers Company Ltd who later became part of Diageo. Today, Diageo use the vast majority of the Cardhu spirit in their Johnnie Walker blends and less than a third is matured and bottled as single malt.

Following the massive demand for Cardhu Scotch whisky and the resultant difficulties in meeting said demand, Diageo vatted the Cardhu malt with that from other distilleries, naming the whisky Cardhu Pure Malt. This generated heated debate as to the definitions surrounding the terms ‘single malt’ and ‘vatted/blended’ and as to what was to be considered a ‘pure malt’. Today, there is but one independent bottling, from Signatory, though there is a good range of single malt, as well as the Cardhu Pure Malt, which, it has been alleged, includes some whisky from Glendullan.

In 2004, Cardhu Pure Malt was withdrawn and replaced with Cardhu 12 Year Old single malt the following year. That was then joined by Cardhu Special Cask Reserve. Today, Cardhu continues to act as ‘home’ for Johnnie Walker, complete with visitor’s centre. It works a seven day week, producing 3.4 million litres of alcohol.
  • Cardhu 12 years Tall Bottle Old Version Highland Malt Scotch Whisky 43%.
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-197280326
    Cardhu 12 years Tall Bottle Old Version Highland Malt Scotch Whisky 75 cl 43% Distillery: CardhuAge: 12 years Type: Highland Malt Scotch Whisky Alc. strength: 43% 75 cl. Other: Includes cardboard box - Old Version
    • 1pcs.
  • Cardhu 14 years Special Release 2021 Single Malt Scotch Whisky 55.5%.
    Item no.: 22227865471-305-767860
    Distillery: CardhuAge: 14 years Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky Cask number/type: Wine Cask Finish Alc. strength: 55,5 % 70 cl. Other: The Scarlet Blossoms of Black Rock - Special Release 2021
    • 1pcs.
  • Cardhu Gold Reserve Cask Selection Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 cl 40%
    Item no.: 059763-615-996
    Cardhu Gold Reserve Cask Selection Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 cl 40%

    The crafting of Cardhu Gold Reserve pays tribute to their generous natures, featuring hand-picked toasted oak casks to bring forward its notes of honey and sweet baked apple.

    Skilled maturation enriches the silky, smooth Speyside character of Cardhu with deeper flavours of dark chocolate and ripe orchard fruit, to yield a beautiful balance and depth.

    Distillery: Cardhu
    Name: Gold Reserve
    Age: NA
    Country: Scotland
    Type: Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    Cask number/type: Toasted Oak Casks
    Alc. strength: 40 %
    70 cl.
    Other: Cask Selection
    • 1pcs.