Ardmore Distillery Tasting Notes

Posted: July 8, 2016 in Ardmore, Scotch Whisky A-G

Ardmore Traditional 46%

Bourbon finished in quarter casks

Tasted: Dec 2013

Quite rich and dense aromas of smoked meat and dry peat with a light perfumed note and a touch of herbal barley sugar. The oak is seriously dense but it doesn’t add much in the way of vanillins, but it does add some weighty caramel, which does impact upon the freshness that one usual equates with this distillery.

Dense and weighty on the palate with herbal flecked, dry, meaty-peaty notes and a touch of sweet barley. Again the caramelised oak impacts on the freshness. Good length with a little citrus appearing and the herbal-peat notes lingering.

Ardmore Legacy 40%

Tasted: July 2016

A light and herbal nose with malt, sweet-ish barley, rye-like notes and a light peat note. With time it becomes quite oak dominated (plenty of first fill Bourbon?)

The palate is soft and straightforward with a touch of youthful spirit. Again fairly light in body with a touch of barley, honey, fragrant, earthy peat and vanilla oak. A little short with the oak clamping down. (I think the caramel is natural). Very lightly peated, almost imperceptibly so. Knowing how good the spirit can be this bottling is very disappointing.

 

 

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