ARDMORE 2008 COLLECTIVE 43%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 53984
Located in the east of Speyside between the River Bogie and the foothills of the Grampians, Ardmore, which means “great height” in Gaelic, produces a single malt which is much-loved by fans of peated whiskies. With its lush and oily character, this small batch wonderfully embodies the firm and unctuous style of a Highland malt that could easily pass for an Islay, more specifically for an Ardbeg or Laphroaig.
Profile: complex and characterised by smoke and oily peat, the initial nose is also malty and herbaceous. Liquorice and chocolatey, once allowed to breathe it becomes exotic (pineapple) and autumnal (forest floor). The unctuous attack is vanilla and fruity (peach). Peat and smoke allow the expression of noble spices. It becomes increasingly floral. The well-balanced finish is milky (coconut, almond). Mineral (slate) and salty, it shows lots of tone. The retro-nasal olfaction is chocolatey and the empty glass lush (rosemary).
Small Batch – Bourbon Barrels
Limited edition of 2 464 bottles
Exclusive to LMDW
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- Appearance : vibrant gold.
- Nose : refined, complex. Characterised by smoke and oily peat, the initial nose is malty and herbaceous (cut hay, turf). Allowed to breathe, a fine layer of liquorice and dark chocolate envelops the taste buds before exotic fruit (pineapple, lychee) and notes of forest floor (lichen, mushroom) appear. Gradually it is refreshed by aromatic plants (verbena, mint).
- Palate : lively yet creamy. The generous attack reveals bourbon vanilla and voluptuous fruit (white grape, peach). Peat and smoke are of course still present but now free to express noble spice (cardamom, clove, nutmeg). On the mid-palate, its verdant, aniseed character gradually comes out. Lingers with notes of heady florals (carnation, violet).
- Overall : long, balanced. Covered in heather, the finish is also deliciously milky (coconut, almond) and roasted (tobacco, praline). Gradually, peaty malted barley is carried by an extremely delicate minerality (slate, schist). Salty notes bring lots of energy to the very end of the palate. The retro-nasal olfaction is chocolate, earthy and vegetal (green barley). The empty glass is spicy (cinnamon), fruity (pear, apple) and lush (rosemary, wicker).
- The brand
Ardmore is an ambiguous distillery. On the border between Speyside and the eastern Highlands, Ardmore was established in 1897, just one year before the Pattison brothers went bankrupt. Its whisky has a character which could be mistaken for an island whisky rather than a mainland. Interestingly, between 1817 and 1835, another distillery of the same name operated on the Isle of Islay before merging with Lagavulin. This colourful heritage extends deep into its DNA. Discovered thanks to its independent bottlings, Ardmore has, for several years, released its own 12 year old “house”.
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