A light golden straw yellow - declares it does have added colour. One of the largest distilleries in Scotland, Ardmore is also the site for large scientific research laboratories. Palate: Soft to begin with, with a smoky, peaty, spicy nudge that is followed by vanilla and ripened fruit. If your palate can appreciate a velvety smooth, mild, peaty malt then you must try this one. In a matter of hours, I'll be in the back yard on this beautiful sunny 70 degree February day, reading my political science book, enjoying a Liga Privada cigar and Ardmore. After adding a few drops of water, it opens up a bit, woodier, old, grassy field mown hay? With time, the mouth feel becomes less sweet. I really just like that it stays good for so dang long without turning bitter.
Even at the beginning this was not a smooth drink. In 2005, Beam Global became the new owners after buying twenty wine and spirit companies from Allied Domecq, for five billion dollars. Tried this in store and actually got very excited - lovely and smooth, and seemed very reasonable at £30 a pop. Got some great advice - the tip is most definitely let this have a good breath - 20 mins at least pouring off a new bottle something I underestimated when I tasted the already open bottle in store. Flavor hits with spicy cinnamon, followed by a long earthy smoky dryness. Give it a minute for citrus zest and expressive heather to appear.
Palate: More charred, smoky notes, joined by drying oak, pear drops and subtle grassy touches. I had hopes for this one along the lines of a thick Glemorangie with a malty and smokey depth but this was just not there. Toffee, caramel and honey flow over the palate in one of the smoothest deliveries I've ever had. Ironically for me more tar than peat so very different to my favourite Jura, but a nice drink and when prepped properly shoots above its £30 weight. I do wish that peat showed up earlier on the nose and taste. Highlands typically are light and fruity and sometimes a bit fruity. There is no age statement but I like this honest, upfront diamond in the rough.
Some pear and vanilla with a hint of toffee. Now, among the four scotch making regions in Scotland only one is famous for using peat to dry their barley Islay , and it gives them a distinctly smokey flavor. Bought this based purely on price for something new to try and didn't expect as much as it gives. Palate: Peated for sure, but not overpowering so those that may not like a peated scotch will still find this one enjoyable. Most bottles of Laphroag 10yo that stay open for that long and that low in the bottle usually turn bitter on me. I'd say this has been a bit of a let down for me. So this comes from a bottle I bought a long time ago.
The nose is beautifully smoky with a deft touch of vanilla infused apples. It is and offers a briny, peaty flavor profile. The nose doesn't change to me, but the flavour on the tongue is a v different thing. It is still a bit young but very much a bang for your buck whisky. There is a pepper and smoke finish that goes down dry but satisfying.
I think I made the best deal in town at that time. Not to be found in any bars hereabouts, unavailable for tasting. I found during that evening that I liked better the tradional cask, but it was hard to do a proper review with those small event samples. Membership offers access to unique bottlings released solely to the members as well as preview purchases of the latest malt whisky releases. We believe that in order to have the best possible online shopping experience, our customers should not have to pay for domestic return shipping. The sweet fruit over topples the balance of the malt and peat. Combining notes of creamy vanilla, smoky charcoal, sweet honey and savoury spices with a pleasant smoky taste, The Ardmore Legacy is a full-bodied and smooth dram with the typical Ardmore dry, spicy and long-lasting finish.
We stock some rare single malt scotch and hard to find blended scotch. This bottle has been open for 4 years, is about half full and gassed after each use. This scotch brings those two things together in an unexpected and pleasing way. I am however, shocked at some of the negative reviews, this whisky is without doubt an easy drinking single malt scotch that ticks all the right boxes. Begins with a dry earthy smokiness on the nose. It started off astringent and had an ending that was worse. Might work well as a restorative dram.
Beautifully light, this has just the right amount of peat to cut through and settle the stomach after a nice weekend meal. This is a compilation of tasting notes from last summer done between April and August. The Ardmore® Legacy will appeal to experienced peated malt drinkers and newcomers, alike. Or so said the economist's side of me noggin. This is a huge shame, my bias comes from Ardmore Traditional being the whisky that got me into the drink in the first instance. Enjoy Responsibly - Read the Ardmore® Responsibility Statement here - Ardmore® adheres to the Code of Practice for the Responsible Marketing and Promotion of Scotch Whisky. On the nose I get caramel, orange, raisins, stewed plums, peat and light smoke.
Sweet fruit on the nose: apples, cherries, berries strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. My wallet sure has been double teamed. Can't tell what type of spice, there is a little zest I think. Was starting to wonder if the nice but slightly old and biddy shop assistant had pulled a fast one on me. Cream, my favourite blend which is unavailable locally, and I had read that Ardmore is at the core of Teachers.