Highland Single Malt Whisky.
Ardmore distillery is located in the Highlands, in Kennethmont in Aberdeanshire. It was founded by Adam Teacher in 1898. Most of the production is used to compose a blend – Teacher’s. Darker, in the sense of peat, accents in Teacher’s come just from Ardmore. On the market basically there is only one edition of this single malt. Although recently Ardmore Legacy also appeared, but it hasn’t fallen in my hands yet. With any luck you can meet other Ardmore expressions at the independent bottlers or find some special editions.
Ardmore Traditional Cask Highland Single Malt, was bottled non-chillfilteted and with 46% ABV. I don’t know if it was E150 treated. Maturation proceeded in two stages, first in standard barrels, probably ex-bourbon and then in quarter casks, such as in Laphroaig Quarter Cask. It is possible that even in the same, as both distilleries connects owner Beam Global, today Suntory Beam.
N: the very beginning with a touch of alcohol, however which evaporates quickly, soft peat and smoke from the average distance, fading bonfire, traces of smoking leaves, hay, then something sour, maybe lime and lemon peel, and further ginger, grapefruit and bitter orange, a touch of dark chocolate and dried plums, or maybe just plums in chocolate, after adding a few drops of water I got a little sweet, mostly candy, hard candy and then cherry compote;
T: embraces the whole mouth with a pleasant tingling, bitterness, grapefruit, ginger, apple and pear, all the time nips a little the tongue, I feel a peat here as well, wood elements, something like bark (if you have ever tasted a bark ;)), dark chocolate, with water I have here honey, vanilla, caramel and fruit compote, baked apples;
F: rather long with dark chocolate, grapefruit and bitterness.
A very pleasant whisky, with balanced notes of peat. I like how it is changing, when we let it breathe and add a drop of water. Plus for the presentation, non-chillfiltered and 46% ABV. Maturation in the quarter casks, according to the author’s intentions, adds here some depth and quality, although this is NAS (no age statement). It was good value for money at the time I bought it.