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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Monday, 22 June 2015


Located in Kennethmont, northeast of Aberdeen, Ardmore Distillery is owned by the Beam Suntory group who acquired the distillery in 2005 adding it to its Scottish Malt portfolio that already held the 2 Islay greats, Bowmore and Laphroaig and Glen Garioch in the Old Meldrum, North West of Aberdeen

Ardmore produces about 5,5 million liters of spirit each year off of 8 stills, much of it reaching the Teacher's Blend. Ardmore, however, are becoming more and more popular as a single malt, especially with people who likes a lighter style smoky dram, as opposed to the heavy pungent Islay whiskies.

Some of casks of Ardmore also reaches the independent bottlers and this one has reached one of my favourite ones of the sort, Adelphi.This year, Adelphi has, in cooperation with danish importer FC Whisky founded Adelphi Club Denmark - another name for 'bottled exclusively for Denmark' and sold through 18 of the best whisky shops in Denmark.

This year, so far, we've seen a 7yo Glenrothes , a 10yo Port Charlotte and, of course, a 14yo Ardmore reviewed below...

Here we go:

Ardmore Distillery - picture from geograph.org.uk

Ardmore 2000 14yo (19.05.2000/23.02.2015) 58,4%, cask#248, 137 bottles, Adelphi Club Denmark

Colour is white wine

Clearly smoky, but not more than you can make out layers beneath it.
There's quite some vanilla, notes of apple, grass and some wood sap.
After a while it takes on a slight acidic nose, like lemon zest but the sweetness from both the smoke and vanilla makes the day

Quite a creamy mouth feel for a whisky at 58,4%. There's still smoke, vanilla and apple there, but also some ginger pops up mid palate along with green banana this time. Some mouth watering malt provides a good backbone in this one, always keeping it in line with only a few oaky detours showing itself as a slight sour note.

Quite a good Ardmore, with more emphasis on the fruit mid palate and with the smoke making its appearance late in the game. It never strays too far off its path, making it a good alternative for those wanting something smoky and fruity sweet without the Islay punch.


Finally, thanks to Soren from Skjold Burne Vinhandel for the sample!

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