Douglas Laing Ardmore Tasting Notes

Posted: August 16, 2011 in Ardmore

Douglas Laing Old Particular Ardmore 2000 (14 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0108/ Dist: May 2000 Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

A classic highland nose of crisp white fruit with sweet but earthy peat smoke. Along with a touch of manure an fresh citrus. Lightly herbal with a touch of sweet barley.

The palate is soft and gently smoked with more of a coal smoke character than peat smoke. Slightly earthy with hints of sweet malt, charred wood and crunchy, sugar coated barley, especially on the finish. Lovely, lightly ashy after-taste. Given the light colour I would imagine that this was aged in a very well used Bourbon barrel, which would be backed up by the lack of oak character in the malt. However that absence of oak allows the glorious spirit character to shine.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Ardmore 2000 (14 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0173/ Dist: May 2000 Btl: Jan 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2015

Quite a youthful and a little spirity on the nose with hints of antiseptic, vanilla, salt, boiled sweets, smoked meat and peat smoke.

The palate is a little astringent with green wood and hints of ash, bacon fat and citrus. Again it feels quite young. Medium length with an oily caramel finish. Finally the citrus comes through. Quite dry and salty finish with a light peat after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Ardmore 1996 (21 year old) 52%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ CODE: OLD0540/ DL12196

Dist: Oct 1996 Btl: Nov 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

An earthy and citric nose with malt, sweet, dusty peat, honey, vanilla and warming spices. Over time it becomes quite sweet as the honey and barley notes assert themselves.

The palate opens with the vanilla oak, along with hints of candied orange and a lovely combination of gritty and duty peat. It’s quite fruity in an unassuming way with building spice and citrus. Intense and peppery finish with the lightly tarry peat and dry spices coating the tongue. Gnetle herbal and mentholated after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Ardmore 1996 (15 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead DL7044/ Dist: Feb 1996 Btl: Mar 2011/ Tasted: Apr 2011

A milky/ vanilla nose with some wonderfully deep, edgy barley fruit. Some gentle smoke drifts in and the phenolic build in a tender manner. Lovely complexity with hints of brandy butter, peat and spicy liquorice.

Again the palate is quite milky and mouth coating with a depth of barley sweetness and rumbling malt, peat and alcohol which bursts into a mouth watering middle accented by citrus and menthol notes. Lovely balancing sweetness and a very long coal dust and ash finish. Excellent complexity and intensity.


Douglas Laing Provenance Ardmore 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Refill Barrel/ Code: PRV1211/ DL11329

Dist: July 2008 Btl: Aug 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Crisp and fresh aromas of white fruit with a faint whiff of peat dust. Hints of sweet barley beneath give weight.

The sweet barley shows first on the palate, followed by hints of toffee, white fruit and subtle, dry, earthy-peat. Medium length and remaining quite sweet with a salty flourish in the finish.

Douglas Laing Provenance Ardmore 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Barrel/ Code: PRV1238/ DL11536

Dist: Jul 2008 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Feb 2017

The nose is metallic, feinty, cardboardy and hard with hints of coal smoke.

The palate shows a little sweet barley and dusty peat, but it’s as feinty as the nose suggests.

Douglas Laing Provenance Ardmore 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ CODE: PRV1261/ DL11632

Dist: Jul 2008 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

Youthful and slightly sulphured on the nose with hints of syrup coated smoked meat, earthy peat and pepper. Develops a feinty/ metallic edge.

The palate is youthful and slightly feinty with subtle peat and cardboardy notes. It sweetens a little as the syrup and barley arrive but it’s still pretty rough stuff! Medium length with a barley and smoked meat finish.



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