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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 2009 Arc
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.38 points
- Thanks Henri (Hvdree) for this nice surprise!
- Quite nice. Not too far from other Ardmores I’ve tried, to be honest. I do like what the Laphroaig barrel does. It’s more subtle than I expected, and I don’t think I’d mistake it for Laphroaig, but it does add that extra peaty punch. The bonito flake note on the note is interesting and quite tasty. Solid stuff. I wish I hadn’t tried a bunch of other whisky before this one, but what can you do.
Nose: Sweet and tart peat. Fresh lemon, green apples, and rice vinegar. Lots of nutty, kind of maritime notes, like seaweed and even some bonito flake. Grassy and earthy.
Palate: Medium-light texture. Sweeter lemon than on the nose, followed by a big whack of peat smoke. Lots of rich tobacco, ash, mud, and clay. A little of the notes from the Laphroaig cask do come through. I definitely got some iodine in here. There’s an almost custardy note too, egg yolks maybe?
Finish: An interesting mix of fresh, nutty, and peaty notes. More medicinal peat, coal fires, ash, some lemon and cilantro. Some baking spices appear here, as well as browned butter and fatty pork.
- One of the better Ardmore I've had. I think the ex-Laphroaig cask has something to say here.
Hard fruits, honey, camphor, then tires, pepper, then some strong citrus aromas
Soft citrus, honey, very light smoke, florals, salt, freshly cooked non crisp bacon
Salt, smoke, pepper, lemon zest, florals, bit of smoked bacon
- Nice and full Ardmore, with a surprising nose where fruits dominate and I cannot find any peat, until I take a nip.
Fruity, pretty strong alcohol, apples, citrus. Sweet as well, honey. Slight hint of rubber, and later on some pineapples.
Strong and full body, pepper, sparkling. Now some peat comes through for sure, with some smokiness, ash. Liquorice as well. And sweet, honey.
Still sparkling and peppery, sal ammoniac and liquorice. Pretty long finish. Warming, some smoke as well