Cardhu adds double-matured single malt whisky

Cardhu Amber RockDiageo has announced a new expression for its popular range of Cardhu single malt Scotch whiskies, Cardhu Amber Rock.

It has been double-matured in toasted American oak casks to deliver richer notes of vanilla and spice. Elegant and deeply flavoured, it retains the balance and clean sweet notes that are a hallmark of Cardhu.

Official tasting notes state that “the classic Cardhu notes of citrus and honey are deepened by fruit, spice and sweetness: superbly balanced and well-paced, with consistent intensity and texture and a tasteful mingling of silky tannins and clean, fresh vanilla flavours and aromas”.

Master blender Dr Matthew Crow, who worked on Cardhu Amber Rock, said: “The bourbon nuances that develop from the second maturation in toasted casks seasoned with bourbon whiskey add an even greater silkiness and roundness to the already balanced and delicious Cardhu, bringing vanilla and spice notes along with hints of oak.”

Cardhu Amber Rock joins the Cardhu family of Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, which has also been expanded with the addition of 15- and 18-year-old expressions.

Destined mainly for distribution through whisky specialist stores, Cardhu Amber Rock will be available in France, Belgium and the UK from spring 2014, and more widely in Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece and the Netherlands from late summer onwards.

Nik Keane, Diageo’s global brand director for malt whiskies, said: “Western Europe remains a major market for our single malts, including Cardhu. We are excited and confident that this very original new variant will appeal both to existing Cardhu drinkers and to whisky drinkers new to the category or the brand.”

The name “Cardhu” means “black rock” in the Gaelic language. Amber Rock has been chosen to reflect the golden jewel-like colour of the new expression.

Bottled at 40% ABV, Cardhu Amber Rock will have a recommended retail price of £41 in the UK.

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