Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ardmore Distillery sits right on the border of the Speyside and Highland regions, just south of the town of Huntly in Kennethmont. Officially, it belongs to the Highlands. Founded in 1898, the distillery is now owned by the Japanese Suntory Group. Most of the production is used for blends and the whisky is a leading malt of "Teacher's".
Although located in the Highlands, Ardmore has produced a peated whisky ever since. Nevertheless, the distillery has no connection to the former and long-gone distillery of the same name, which existed on the island of Islay in the early 19th century.
In addition to the peated malt characteristic of Ardmore, smaller quantities of unpeated whisky, released under the brand Ardlair, are also produced. However, the DramCatcher Ardmore presents the typical smoky distillery style very nicely.
Our personal tasting notes:
Colour: Golden shining white wine.
Nose: Clearly dominating, but mild and aromatic, peat, beautifully embedded within the perfume of a fruit basket with many freshly sliced citrus fruits. Glass of jam, just opened at the peat fire. Some waxy nuances and maybe a hint of grassy and herbal notes. Very intense and concentrated odors.
Palate: In addition to the undoubtedly dominating peat, you will find green apples, melons, orange peel, citrus, as well as some sweet marmelade and vanille. And once again a touch of aromatic herbs. All nicely inwoven and integrated. Waxy mouthfeel.
Finish: The citrus fruits and the peat are fighting for supremacy. And did we just discover some peppery nuances and again a hint of herbs?
Verdict: An "honest smoker". There's everything needed for a nice peak whisky. And all the rest was left out in the maturation process. Or matured away. A very intense, clean and sharp Ardmore, with a nice intense aromatic peat smoke, some herbs and a light waxiness. "An excellent whisky to end my evening", as an independent whisky author wrote about this Ardmore.