Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Whisky review: Ardmore Traditional Cask

Ardmore is a peated Highland malt and falls in the same portfolio as Laphroaig (under Beam Global). The distillery was built in 1898 to help provide malt for the Teacher's blend.

Ardmore Traditional Cask, 46% ABV
Single malt Scotch whisky (Highlands)

Nose: Coal, tar, damp grass. A bit medicinal.

Palate: Peat gives way to sweetness in front of an earthy character.

Finish: More peat with chocolate and wood. Reminds me a bit of the Springbank 15.

Rating (of 100): 92. This malt has a great interplay of smoke and sweetness, while staying dry and crisp. Along with Laphroaig, this makes for one powerhouse portfolio...

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