When I think of Ardmore, I tend to think of a lightly peated Highland dram… In many cases, I’ve had only fleeting sips rather than proper tasting… or it has been on offer at a social gathering, leaving a generally pleasant impression. So was looking forward to sitting down and giving an Ardmore some proper focus and attention… Even better, to have company with tasting cohorts joining virtually from Paris on a fine Friday evening in March 2021.
Here’s what we discovered….
Ardmore 16 year (May 2000 / Feb 2017) Bourbon Barrel Cask W80226, 52.3% 159 Bottles
- Nose – Apricots, walnuts, pineapple and banana, vanilla flambe, some black current or black rasperry, a mix of fresh herbs like myrtle, black old fashioned licorice…
- Palate – Oh yum! Fabulous on the tongue, cinnamon spice, butter brioche, nuts
- Finish – A lovely finish – long, strong and very tasty
- Water – The nose again became fruitier, tobacco leaf, hint of ajwain
Overall there was quite a ‘traditional’ style, with aromas that are less sweet, more savoury in a satisfying way. The kind of dram you would enjoy coming in from the cold like Après ski!
We set it aside and carried on tasting the others in our miniature set… and returned to find it was less fruity but still fabulous, with a nice juniper hint joining the buttery cinnamon spice. It was interesting enough to prompt checking availability of a full bottle – alas it seems out of stock – and like most of these single cask independent bottles, once you missed your chance, that is it!
Curious about other Ardmore experiences?
- Aird Mhor 8 year 55.3% (SMoS) – A punchy smoke with honey and lemon
- Ardmore Peat 8 year (June 2008 / Oct 2016) 57.1% (North Star) – Sweet smoky spice, a bit “naughty” in the nicest possible way
- Ardmore 10 year (2008/2018) Cask #800168 60.3% (LMdW Artist #8) – Herbal, light spice and smoke
- Ardmore 1997 45% (G&MP) – Forest and tea, lightly vegetal with smoke
My Whisky Warehouse “Last Chance” set also contained:
- Glenturret 8 year (Dec 2020 – Apr 2019) Bourbon Hogshead 57.5% 330 Bottles
- Bunnahabhain 14 year (24 Oct 2002 / 31 Oct 2016) Bourbon Hogshead 3048, 56.7% 307 Bottles
- Inchfad (Loch Lomond) 15 year (Feb 2005 – April 2019) Bourbon Hogshead 55.5% 300 Bottles
What about prior explorations from Whisky Warehouse No. 8? Here’s our growing list:
- Auchentoshan 18 year (12/1998 – 02/2017) 48.3%
- Benrinnes 19 year (10/1997 – 10/2016) 52.9%
- Dailuaine 12 year (11/2007 – 01/2020) 61.5%
- Glencadam 8 year (02/2011 – 06/2019) 61%
- Linkwood 11 year (06/2007 – 01/2019) 58.2%
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