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Ardmore 1996

Overall rating
86.71/100
votes
123
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Casks & Ex-Islay Casks
Strength
49.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L723657A
Barcode
5010019638496
Added on
09 Oct 2017 7:53 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 88,16

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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 1996

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.71 points

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. schero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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

  4. 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.

  5. 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/

  6. Achany scored this whisky 90 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
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a very nice dram if you like the old school profile.
    nothing for fruit fetishists.
    89/100
    • Nose
      old school profile with light smoke, shoe polish, very mild oak. fat and oily. leather, tobacco, damp earth. whiffs of peaches and tangerines but you have to wait for a while until these come through.
    • Taste
      a rather fresh palate, starting on the fruits and it takes a while until the smoke, the leather, the shoe polish and the tobacco arrive. not as fat as I would have expected.
      add a good bit of dark chocolate, hints of barber´s grease.
    • Finish
      good length but not really long.

  8. mosesumike scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    With the delicate Bitternoten only a few come clear. But who has interest (especially in the departure) is the right place. A very special malt. I like him.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Nice smoke to start and immediately behind a harmonious fruity orgy. Marzipan potatoes filled with orange marmalade. Caramel candy with citrus flavor. I hope that's the end of the finale. Unfortunately, no.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Mineral light smoke at the beginning with wonderful sour-salty-sweet fruits. Really complex. Good choice of barrel. Masterpiece. Now the smoke is even stronger and releases the distillery character. Then spicy oak with tobacco notes to the bitter chocolate, everything there.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to long and due to the above mentioned bitterness he has something special. Now fruity, mildly smoky herb notes. Wow. Very exciting. You want to test again immediately. Refill is announced.

  9. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Wolv scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

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