Heather and sweet honey and nuts on the nose. The palate is malty, slightly smoky with a warm and sweet style leading to a lingering finish.
Cardhu is a Speyside distillery near Archiestown, Moray, Scotland, founded by the whisky smuggler John Cumming in 1824. The distillery is currently run by Diageo and the distillery's whisky makes up an important part of the famous Johnnie Walker blended whiskies.
The word "Cardhu" derives from the Scots Gaelic 'Creag Dubh', meaning "Black Rock". The distillery was sited high up on Mannoch Hill, above the River Spey due to the peat softening the water.
The distillery started as farm distillery working on a seasonal basis after the harvest had been gathered. The distillery was mainly run by John's wife Helen, who used to sell bottles of whisky to passers-by through the window of their farmhouse. In 1885 the distillery was rebuilt on a new piece of land but continued to stay in the hands of the Cummings, being run by Helen's daughter in law, Elizabeth Cumming. The new building and stills meant that Cardhu could triple the output.
These higher production levels led to Johnnie Walker and Sons buying much of Cardhu's whisky to put into their increasingly popular blend. In 1893 Elizabeth Cumming sold the distillery to Johnnie Walker and Sons on the condition that the Cumming family could continue the day to day running of the distillery. Cardhu distillery kept working under these conditions until the onset of the Second World War, when wartime restrictions meant that it was harder to use barley for distilling purposes.
In 1960 the distillery's still-house, mash-house and tun-room were rebuilt, and in 1970 steam coils were introduced to heat the stills and the number of stills was increased to six. Spring water from Mannoch Hill started to be mixed with water from the local Lynne burn to supply the increased production of the distillery.Scotland Speyside Cardhu 0.4