Ardmore Peated "Traditional Cask" Highland Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
A distillery bottling of Ardmore finally comes to the U.S. This one is non-chill filtered and finished in a "Quarter Cask", similar to Laphroaig Quarter Cask (same owners). Ardmore remains one of the few Speyside whiskies made with peat-smoked malt. Chewy, almost oily-textured, with sweet notes of toffee and caramel up front, followed by emerging damp, earthy peat and bourbon-like notes. The oaky, resinous bourbon lingers through the finish. The bourbon oak intensity dominates to a degree, disrupting the harmony of the remaining flavors. A whisky of great potential, but still waiting to achieve some of it. (Vol. 17, #3)
The nosing passes find aromas of malted barley, Ritz crackers, bacon fat, butterscotch, black pepper and lumber. Palate entry offers pleasant tastes of breakfast cereal, new honey and light toffee; at midpalate flavors of light fudge, caramel, banana nut bread and traces of tobacco leaf are added. Finish is medium sweet, sturdy and lightly smoked.
Drink this if you think Highlands can't do peaty. The smoke is right out in front on the nose, along with an olive oil note and the region's expected candy. Peat crosses the palate to be joined by loads of spice and more sweetness, while the vibrant finish extends the spicy element, with anise, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla. Quarter-cask finish.
DISCONTINUED This is our staff choice from a peaty Highland whisky for under $40.00! Perhaps best known as the signature malt in the famous and distinguished Teacher's Highland Cream Blended Scotch Whisky, the Ardmore "Traditional Cask" delivers lovely Highland Malt flavor with a peaty twist. In fact, Ardmore has been producing 100% peated Highland malt whisky since 1898. This current release is matured for a final period in small, 19th century-style quarter casks like Laphroaig (also owned by the US company Fortune Brands) for a whisky with beautifully rounded flavors. Medium amber in color with a balanced palate of smoke and sweetness, the "Traditional Cask" is non-chilled filtered and bottled at 46% ABV. Enjoy neat, on the rocks or even with splash of water. (Susan Purnell, K&L Wine Merchants)