Highland

Review: Ardmore 1998 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Gordon & MacPhail) by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
43%
Aging
20 Years
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Ardmore (Kennethmont, Scotland)

Here is a rather nice old Ardmore from Gordon & MacPhail, aged 20 years in refill sherry casks! Surprisingly, it came in only at $105 CAD which is very cheap for old Scotch.


Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2018

The nose is quite nice – dried fruit, raisins, orange peel, candied citrus peel, oak, vanilla, and lots of spice – very nice rich sherry aromas. I haven’t had much Ardmore – this doesn’t have much of the smoky character – though there is a good dose of earthiness here, and some smoke. Some nice stone fruit, too, fresh and baked. The palate is sweet, full of rich sherry, marmalade, raisins, finishing with a touch of earthy barley and wet earth, along with some spices. Light smoke at the end. A very pleasant whisky, through and through. The finish is loaded with dried fruits and spice.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). This is a very nice broad, balanced, and interesting malt. Quite excellent!

Value: Average. High values at $100 means it’s a steal in terms of taste, so this falls within what you would expect a good purchase to taste like if you are paying $100 for a whisky. However, if you fancy Scotch – it’s very rare to find a good 20 year old for $100, so this might drive up the value if you favour older Scotch.


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

ABV
46%
Aging
Finished in Quarter Casks
Recipe
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)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • 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.