1997 Ardmore 25 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Refill Hogshead Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

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This unprecedented cask of Ardmore is as unusual as it is delicious. The famous Highland peater was built at Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire in 1898. The spiritual home of the once popular Teacher's Highland Cream, its original owner was in fact the son of the founder of that brand, Adam Teacher. One of the last distillers to use coal to fire their stills, this barrel was distilled prior to their transition to gas in 2001. It boasts the ability to produce nearly 5.5 million liters of pure alcohol a year with 8 working stills. Nearly all of that is made with heavily peated barley. The distillery has remained relatively unknown, although the eastern Highlands is becoming a more significant corner of the single malt landscape, thanks to improvements over the last two decades of its two major neighbors - Glendronach & Glen Garioch. The enigmatic offering is one of the only we've ever seen from this special distillery to feature less peated barley. That said the constant use of heavily peated barley remains in the system and so a very subtle smoke character remains in the whisky, but by no means is it the standard Ardmore. Add more than 2.5 decades and you've got an absolute gem. So, if you're looking for great old school malt, but aren't a fan of the smokey stuff or you're just looking to expand your understanding of Scotch malt in a general sense, you'll not want to miss this old Highlander. Exceptional in its own right, it represents a true oddity very unlikely to be seen again.

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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2023 | Send Email
I cannot get enough of these Ardmore casks from independent bottlers, and this one features everything I want. Though technically unpeated, some of that woodsy highland smoke remains, smelling like a distant wood fire burning in a log cabin in a pine forest. The palate presents seamless creme brulee, dried apricot and honeycomb but with that smoldering oak kindling remaining present throughout. Drinking this reminded me of an incredible brunch I recently had: thick cut French toast rolled in butterscotched cornflakes. That's the sort of density and decadence at play here. Well worth the price, this bottle is a must-have for anyone looking to break into next level Scotch.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2023 | Send Email
This awesome little oddity is more than just a quirk. It's a gorgeous Highlander in the most old school style. We thought it was very strange when our supplier said they had an unpeated Ardmore and it's true that it doesn't have the same intense highland peat that we see in many younger Ardmores, but there's still this twinge of old school smoke here that's reminiscent of the old highland way. After 25 years in the an old Hogshead this whisky has developed some serious complexity. It does, like many old malts, love air and needs some time in the glass to full open, but once it does very few modern malts compare to this eclectic style. Here we go. The color is old gold. The nose (after aeration) is a stunning mixture of wild honey, roasted heather, dried herbs, bitter bark, candied stone fruits, clean white smoke in the distance. On the palate much more honey, toasted fresh bread, touches of pulverized limestone/chalk, burning citrus oils, snappy dried stone fruits and a sweet roasted lingering smoke. Lots and lots of sweet jams and wild herbs on poking up on the very long long finish. This is a dream to drink. Totally spectacular and will likely fly under the radar, but when you walk back to that first glass after a 30+ minute aeration you'll know that this is really one of a kind.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2023 | Send Email
This delightful cask is an unusual treat in a very unique style. Unpeated in its production, but with a distinct peaty bent in the final product thanks to residual peat in the stills it's a bit like someone that grew up with a Southern drawl then moved to a big city years ago and now just has a slight twang. It's a twang of peat and it's delicious. If you're a fan of Oban and the level of peat you find there you're sure to enjoy this cask. Add on top of that the fact it's 25 year old single malt at a screaming price and you going to love it. The color is bright gold. The nose is a mix of peat, ripe fruits, cut grass, vanilla extract, and Hawaiian King bread rolls. The palate is full of buttered toast, marmalade, and gentle smoke. The finish at 53.3% is surprisingly powerful for such an old spirit and the bit of smoke that is there is long and cool.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2023 | Send Email
For me this is an elegant single malt. The nose is subtle and delicate. In the mouth, it is rich and round with sweet malt flavors that are also subtle and complex. With the addition of a little water, it opens up offering sweet aromas and flavors. It is both juicy and delicate.

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