Review: Ardmore Traditional Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Finished in Quarter Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Ardmore (Kennethmont, Scotland)

Ardmore is known really as a source for blends such as teachers, but they do their own decent bottlings - often un chill fitered and at decent strength. They generally have a good highland smoke character - and often aren't that pricy. If you like peat, I'd give it a try! The "traditional" cask here refers to the use of quarter casks to finish the whisky.

Review (2013)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2012

Chocolate milk on the nose! There is also strong peat with prominent fruit- the fruit and smoke are both prominent. The smoke is more in the style of wood smoke than medicinal, peaty smoke. On the palate, there’s peat, but not of my favorite quality but some nice spice. A very long finish, however the quality is good as opposed to excellent. Still, for the price, this is quite a worthwhile buy in the realm of scotch…

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $51.