Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
20 years old
1st Fill Bourbon Casks & Ex-Islay Casks
49.3 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Oct 2017 7:15 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 121.66

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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 1996

62 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.81 points

  1. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smoke? Yes, yes, but not in your face, and firstly, the interplay with the fruitiness is superbly balanced and secondly, the alcohol is impressively well integrated, so that you only notice a slight tingle at the tip of the tongue.
    Certainly, this malt is not dominated by Islay barrels, even if they are palpable.
    Very nicely done!
    • Nose
      Fruity-aromatic smoke, smoldering mossy oak log, interwoven fruit components, apricot dumplings, a little eucalyptus or tea tree oil
    • Taste
      In the mouth completely supple-oily, I would like to go back and forth for hours, but spice: licorice on the campfire with a little pepper, despite spicy but also sweet in the direction of dark forest honey.
    • Finish
      Significantly juicy wood and distant light ashy notes, a Katenschinkenaroma remains long on the tongue, at the same time swing again and again old oranges and lemons over the fence, and again smoked fish to taste, but the reverberation remains harmonious and still long Mundwässernd.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Want a lot of time in the glass - is getting better - subtle beauty
    • Nose
      sweet oily oak with a hint of smoke, sour, cinnamon, cracked sugar, nutmeg, licorice, mint. oily fat, give me more time in the glass - luscious vanilla
    • Taste
      sweet with pricklendem smoke, sweetness, mint, anise, blossoms, licorice, full-bodied, nutritious, ripe and round without being weak, peppery oak - beautiful complexity - but he scores more with his cultivated intensity than with high complexity
    • Finish
      Citrus, oily, mint, chocolate with nuts

  3. Pollenflug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      The 20-year-old Ardmore reveals his pleasant and complex profile immediately after pouring. My first impression is dominated by sweet, bright fruits, gentle notes of wood and subtle smoke. More precise: Ripe apples, orange peel, tangerines, figs, hints of exotic fruits (peaches & far away hides a gentle connotation of honeydew melons), vanilla, fresh tobacco leaves, some leather, spicy oak notes and campfire smoke. The alcohol (49.3%) is not noticeable and perfectly integrated.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly oily, almost creamy, the malt wets my entire oral cavity and stimulates salivation. Again, the perfectly integrated alcohol convinced. The sweet, light fruits soon start to crave for the upper edge of the taste, especially with candied candied exotic fruits, figs and tangerines are present again. After a few moments, the "heavy" notes pick up speed: fresh tobacco leaves, leather, various spices, dark chocolate and dry campfire smoke pave the way for the taste in the direction of the finish. Well balanced with an interesting aroma constellation.
    • Finish
      Medium long, powerful and smokier. The sweet, bright fruits give a strong exclamation point at the beginning of the finish, before gradually fading. In the background, a dry, spicy-smoky conglomerate gradually builds up, which sets the tone after a few moments. Spicy oak, leather, campfire smoke and a noticeable dryness on the palate remain.

  4. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes: Nose: It is clear from the start that this is not a trivial standard malt that is interchangeable in its aroma or to be confused with others. And even this typical modern sound of many other whiskys today seems to be missing. Jippiehh, a character drops! And that's it, shows an interesting combination of straw, pepper, malt, mint, lemon balm, yes, also some vanilla (but is the only modern!) And a wonderfully fine peat note, which is clearly present but well integrated. A complex mix of apples, pears, grapefruit and grapes will come in after a while, as well as earthy impressions and nut nougat cream.
    Mouth: Powerful, clearly citrusy, again with straw, earth and well integrated smoke. Slightly salty, nutty, rather dry and slender, but intense and elegant. As in the aroma, it is also on the tongue wonderfully unfashionable, almost a little understated, balanced and yet enormously present, with a great mixture of fine smoke, fruit, earthy notes, peppery pungency and subtle vanilla sweetness.
    Finish: Dry, but somewhat dull, plant-like and ashen.
    Conclusion: I like Ardmore, and so I like this one so much that I have bought a whole box of it to be able to enjoy this drop in the future. Too bad that he drops something in the finish, but until then optimal! Amazingly complex nose! https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/

  5. schero scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Top PLV
    • Nose
      Islay auf Halbmast, ein wunderschöner Rauch ohne brachial zu sein, Vanille, Zitrusnoten, Sternfrucht, am Ende der Mischgeruch aus Kohlrabi und Vanille, saftige Orangen hinten raus, mineralisch im zwei Schluck 
    • Taste
      Kraftvoller und mäßig rauchiger Antritt, viel Zitrusnoten mit Orange, leicht pfeffrig, kalter aschiger Rauch, leichtes Britzeln a la Ahoibrause, später etwas Vanille und dann die Eichenwürze 
    • Finish
      Süßer Rauch, Zitrusnoten  und Vanille im direkten Zusammenspiel, wärmt schon lange, aber auch nicht zu lange

  6. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Fruity, a nice smoke note, but not too dominant. Citrus, vanilla and honey; a bit of malt and a little bit of leather; a hint of nut could be announced in the background
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, creamy; beautiful oak, the smoke comes slowly (campfire), light leather and light tobacco, with leather being stronger. Slightly sweet, vanilla honey, now joined by a round citrus note.
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, tobacco, leather, spices, fruits, vanilla, wow which is multi-faceted, tobacco is more evident here than leather, beautiful, spicy oak. Smoke absorbs nicely and simply does not interfere with anything.

  7. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great sweet-smoky, complex whisky. The depth only really reveals itself over time.
    (Rating: +)
    • Nose
      89 89
      mild, sweet smoke, orange, vanilla, nutmeg
    • Taste
      89 89
      stimulates the flow of saliva, tingling heat, smoke, sweetness, orange, spicy oak
    • Finish
      88 88
      fruity-elegant, dry, ashy smoke

  8. Calmar scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The beginning was typical of the Aylovsky set, but in development both taste / finish and aroma became much thinner, smoother and deeper, enriched with new tones, smoky-peat notes reduced and turned out to be harmoniously inscribed in the overall picture.
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, first nose - spicy wood, rotten foliage; then smoke and ash, smoked meats, sweet candy notes, lemon peel, old leather goods.
    • Taste
      Saturated, dense, peat, burnt branches, burnt match heads, spicy oak, a little pepper, nuts, a little burnt sugar, dry medicinal herbs, greatly adds to the development of sweetness, creamy and chocolate tones.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, sweet-sour on a smoky-peat background with hints of lemon peel and dry minerality of ash, some burnt crackers, coffee, cocoa, bitter chocolate, cinnamon.

  9. Macheye scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ardmore Vintage 1996 20 year old is an accomplished whisky, offering mature, well-developed fruit and smoke flavours, strong balance and a good whack of complexity to boot. Produced on their older stills (which were coal fired until 2001 – being one of the last distilleries to switch over to steam), this is a minor triumph for the distillery, and hopefully is indicative of even greater things to come. In any analysis of price vs. quality, this one is a total no-brainer. Highly recommended.

    • Nose
      Sweet fruits, subtle smoke and minerality. Pears, orange peels and toffee-coated apples are joined by dollops of rich honey for a fresh and lively opener. Peating is delicate, but ever-present - earthy, slightly ashy smoke – akin to the embers of a burnt out beach fire. Time in the glass reveals more nuances – leather, golden tobacco leaves and beeswax. There’s a vein of minerality here – stony and steely – granite, limestone and rock pools. The addition of water heightens the definition of the pears into candy pear drop sweets and adds in some dustiness – old wood, vanilla and some gentle furniture polish. 
    • Taste
      The arrival brings a full, slightly oily texture packed with malts, dusty wood and fruitiness – again with the apples, pears and orange peels. Through the mid-palate, both smoke and spice develop – campfires, smouldering soils, ginger and white pepper. Deeper, we have some milk chocolate, leather and dusty wood. Water enhances the earthiness here – soils, wet hay, a very slight touch of funky farmyard.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and delivering both dry spice – ginger with pepper – along with ashy, almost chalky smoke.

  10. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    gentle peat at first, bacon, cold ashes, smoke. some heather sweetness suddenly, some vanilla, spices kick in, some pepper, the sweet and peat mingle perfectly. a really well balanced malt. massive peat but really gentle. not overwhelming and brutal like Islay ... just a wonderful dram. 20 yo, peated and this price - just a bargain!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90


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