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.
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)