Cadenheads Glenlossie 16yo Authentic Collection June 2024 & Cadenheads Dailuaine 16yo Authentic Collection June 2024


We've got a couple of 16 year old, single cask, refill bourbon matured Speysiders from Cadenheads up for review.

Cadenheads Glenlossie 16yo Authentic Collection June 2024

Region: Speyside

ABV: 49.7%

Price: £80.00 

First up today, we have a 16-year-old Glenlossie that has been matured in a bourbon hogshead since its distillation in 2008. A total of 282 bottles were released in June 2024.

Nose

The nose opens with lots of fresh orchard fruit, pear drops, a little malt, creamy fudge, icing sugar, alongside some freshly cut grass and lime zest. Going back, we’re also finding fondant icing, a touch of candied ginger, some wet oak and porridge oats. As the nose opens up, we get a little more apple flesh and fresh citrus. The alcohol is balanced nicely too.

Palate

The palate begins with apple strudel and a side of vanilla custard, toffee coated digestive biscuits, lemon curd, with more grassy and slightly earthy flavours behind this. Unfortunately the mouthfeel is a little lacking, it’s reasonably thin even though we’re getting a good amount of flavour on the palate. The finish is also a bit of a letdown, it falls off a lot quicker than we’d like. Going back, we’re getting a bit of malt, mellow coffee and a bit of chocolate on the latter palate. The alcohol leaves a touch of warmth but doesn’t make itself too well known.

Nose (with water)

The reduced nose is slightly creamier, there’s a touch of menthol, prickly pear, a little lemon peel, dry leaves, a little green apple skin and party ring biscuits (the sugar topping mostly).

Palate (with water)

The reduced palate has more creamy oak, cheesecake biscuit base, apple pie overnight oats, a dash of cinnamon too. It’s a tad spicier, but still really quite balanced. Fairly fruity and light now, less grassy or herbal notes than before.

Conclusion

A fairly fruity and grassy Glenlossie, pleasant on the nose and pleasant enough on the palate, but the mouthfeel and finish leave something to be desired. An easy drinker, inoffensive and enjoyable enough, but falls a bit short for us.

Score: 6.5/10

Value

You won’t get much 16yo cask strength whisky for less than £80.


Cadenheads Dailuaine 16yo Authentic Collection June 202

Region: Speyside

ABV: 54.8%

Price: £75.00

Next up, we have a 16-year-old Dailuaine that has been matured in a barrel since its distillation in 2008. A total of 174 bottles were released in June 2024.

Nose

The nose opens with lots of synthetic sugar sweetness, runny honey, freshly sliced apple, lime leaf, fresh kiwi, and a little melon too. It’s quite a fresh nose, very green, a little sweet, a little sour in quite nice balance. The alcohol is fairly well integrated, and there’s a hint of grape must as you get your nose deep into the glass.

Palate

The palate has a nice texture, and we’re met with lime cheesecake, toasted oak, cinnamon spice, fondant icing, green grapes, apple slices, light brown sugar and honeydew melon. The alcohol has a bit of a bite in places, but overall it’s integrated well. As the palate develops, richer chocolate and orange flavours start to appear, alongside toffee and caramac bars. The finish lingers for a good length, mostly dark chocolate ganache and a little oak spice too.

Nose (with water)

The reduced nose is richer, honeycomb coated in chocolate, nutmeg, Oreo’s, alongside some lighter lime and melon notes. Behind this sits the vanilla, but it’s more zesty and fresh once you get past the chocolate aromas.

Palate (with water)

The reduced palate maintains a pleasant mouthfeel, with some orange segments, caramel, chocolate brownies and a handful of almonds too. There’s a touch less spice, but you still feel a nice warmth coming through. As time goes by, it definitely becomes richer with more chocolate appearing.

Conclusion

A good quality bourbon matured Dailuaine, a nice balance of sweetness and citrus on the nose giving way to an evolving palate, moving from green fruit to richer chocolate and oak flavours. We enjoyed the dram, we’d be happy to have another.

Score: 7/10

Value

Another good value release from Cadenheads.

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  • 10 - Perfection. One in a million
  • 9 - Outstanding. Exceptional whisky.
  • 8 - Great. Would seek this out.
  • 7 - Good. Quality whisky.
  • 6 - Above average. Happy to have a dram.
  • 5 - Average. Drinkable whisky.
  • 4 - Below average. Passable.
  • 3 - Flawed. Noticeable negatives.
  • 2 - Defective. Significant faults.
  • 1 - Offensive. Pour it out.

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