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Glencadam 17 Year Old Port Cask Reserva de Porto 2004 (2021 Edition) Featured

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A limited quantity of 7,700 bottles of Glencadam Highland Single Malt, aged 17 years, Ruby Port Cask Finish. 

From the Distillery Official Product Page: 

Website Product Page: (Not updated at the time of checking)

A limited quantity of Glencadam Highland Single Malt, aged 17 years, has been released.

Cask Type: Port cask finish

Limited: 7770 bottles 

Unchillfiltered | Natural Colour

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich and festive with aromas of cooked fruits and sweet spices mingled with strawberry tarts, boiled sweets and gingerbread.

Palate: Layers of bramble and poached pears followed by black cherry, oat biscuits and chocolate ganache cushioned with oak spices.

Finish: Rounded and long with notes of dark chocolate soufflé, berry coulis and coffee grounds leaving a sweet cinnamon linger

46% ABV

Review 138 9th December 2021

This review looks at the Glencadam 17 Year Old Single Malt Whisky from Angus Dundee Distillers.
Bottled at 46% ABV, it is both Non Chill Filtered (NCF) and Natural Colour.

At the time of recording it was available on pre-order from multiple retailers, example prices include:


Inverurie Whisky Shop £112
House of Malt £115


Giving an average price of £113.50

For its value score it achieves 93.3 out of 100. The value score being over 90 reflects it's natural presentation and 46% ABV.

For its value score it achieves 93.3 out of 100. The value score being over 90 reflects it's natural presentation and 46% ABV.

With regards to cask maturation, it is Ex-Bourbon Matured and Ruby Port Finished, spending 12 years in ex-bourbon before a 5 year finishing period in Ruby Port casks.


The sample we reviewed was part of a whisky tasting arranged via the Glencadam Whisky Appreciation Society group on Facebook, a competition was organised we were fortunate to be one of the recipients of the the samples. A Zoom session was arrange with Iain Forteath Master Blender at Glencadam and amongst the whiskies tasted was the 10, 15, 17 Port, 19 Oloroso and a 15 Cask Strength exclusive to the Inverurie Whisky Shop.


Onto the nosing and tasting:

On the nose, the fruits pop out of the glass before you even get close. It presents with a syrup and honey sweetness,  rich berry fruits offering up a jam quality with some citrus notes and maybe grapefruit. On the backend of the nose there is what appears to be a gentle smoke, however, this is not a smoked or peated whisky, instead it is wood charring from the bourbon casks.

On the palate, It has a fantastic syrupy texture which coats the mouth, its jammy with those rich red berries and a balanced sweetness which is not too intense. There are spices, maybe cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The finish is long, with some bitterness and tannins with the character of red wine and finally there is dark chocolate.


This is a fantastic whisky, you still get the distillery character of punchy citrus notes and the port doesn't completely take over, you still get elements of the bourbon casks which it spent 12 years.


Comparing it to other Port finished whiskies such as the Lakes Port or Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, this bottle does seem expensive at almost twice the price, with a bottle spend limit of £100, we wouldn't buy a bottle, but if you don't have a limit, you will not be disappointed with this bottle, it is worth the price.

We do recommend this whisky and  for an overall score we give this 90 out of 100. It really is fantastic.



Additional Info

  • Country: Scotland
  • Region: Highland
  • Age Statement: 17 Year Old
  • Chill Filtered: Non Chill Filtered (NCF)
  • Colour Status: Natural Colour
  • ABV: 46%
  • Cask Strength: No
  • Colour: Amber with red hue
  • Peated / Smoke: Unpeated
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: Ex-Bourbon Matured and Ruby Port Finished
  • Single Cask: No
  • Mash Bill: Barley
  • Bottle Sizes: 700ml
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Average Price (or RRP): £113.50
  • Value Score: 93.3
  • Our Score: 90
  • Ownership: Angus Dundee Distillers
  • Bottle Stopper: Natural Cork
  • Brand: Glencadam
  • Packaging: Tube
  • Category: Single Malt
  • Bottle Out-turn: 7700
  • Vintage: 2004
  • Distilled Date: 2004
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