Hunter Laing Ardmore Tasting Notes

Posted: January 13, 2017 in Ardmore, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Ardmore 1996 (20 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2611/ HL12929

Dist: Oct 1996 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

A mature and dusty nose with peppery peat smoke and hints of petrol, manure and barley. Crisp and clean with a lovely, focused, citric intensity. Late warm vanilla notes appear.

The palate is a shade fuller, with more of the warm vanilla oak showing, but the smoke and peppery peat begins to emerge. Sweet, but astringent middle with citrus and petrol notes. Long, dry, mouth-watering finish with barley, white fruit, violets, dusty peat and minerals.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Ardmore 1996 (21 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2738/ Dist: Apr 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

There is a distinct ‘old skool’ Bowmore feel to this nose with duty, mature peat, violets and oily barley. Superb, balancing fresher barley notes appear along with some subtle oak.

The palate is quite oily and dusty with mature peat, violets and like the nose a subtle old Bowmore-like undertones. Hints of mature, sweet-ish barley, tar, citrus and earthy peat build pleasantly on the middle. Lovely citric finish with lingering peat, pepper, violets and truffle oil. Stunning progression!

 

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