Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Limited Release No. 02
30 Ex-Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Octave
Number of bottles
53.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Oct 2017 1:30 pm by Lukus
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 188.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan 2017 AD

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.92 points

  1. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    not impetuous
    but here the spirit does not fit the barrel or since it is not yet whiskey, the spirit still needs time in the barrel
    not a purchase candidate
    • Nose
      red berries increase, slightly cheesy becomes stronger, whole grain biscuits, light leather, sherry comes, shortbread
      with water: light vanilla, minimal smoke, green malt, grassy notes, apple, a strange note
    • Taste
      soft, round and silky, almost oily on the palate
      Perfume soap, not a strange note, sherry, Cola Haribobär
      with water: oak, older malt, light plastic
    • Finish
      medium long
      tart, grain, woody (freshly broken branch), astringent
      with water: oak, slightly adhesive, cardboard, less astringent

  2. Miramax scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    Top quality

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Smoked Bacon

    If all goes well, we’ll have some true single malt from Ardnamurchan next year. After all, this distillery in the Highlands, owned by Adelphi, put the first spirit in cask at the end of 2014. This second Limited Edition Release contains spirit that matured for 30 months on former sherry casks, both oloroso and PX. If this one is as impressive as the one from last year, we are in for a treat.

    The nose is aromatic and round, just like that one from 2016. Again quite a bit of smokiness and the peat is even more prominent on the nose. It is even a bit medicinal. But what lovely notes of caramelized oranges, hazelnuts, pipe tobacco, rum raisins with something of furniture polish to betray it’s young age. Smoked bacon with a fat, salty rind. Simply delicious.

    While it is not less fruity than its predecessor, this is much more smoky on the palate. More peat, no doubt. This also make it more salty on the palate, despite the dark and sweet sherry notes. Bacon on the BBQ. Chili peppers and dry sherry, a great combination. And the oak delivers just enough bitterness to give the whole a good balances. First such a young spirit, this certainly is an eye-opener.

    The finish is long, smoky, dark and sweet and leaves the mouth completely dry.

    While the emphasis of this releases seems to be more on peat and less on sherry, I still think it is a pretty impressive spirit. Let’s not forget that this has only matured for 30 months. Put it in a blind tasting and I’m sure it will surprise everyone!

  4. Kumachan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    ● The dress.
    Amber chestnut honey. Thick tears with big drops.

    ● The nose.
    Rancio, chestnut honey, nuts and hull, the amazing sweet Ketchup and green tomato jam.
    Dried fruits and old smoked wood.
    Very mature.

    ● The mouth.
    Rancio, nuts and shell, raisin, smoked noble wood and burnt earth, licorice and fresh vanilla.
    Alcohol very well integrated.

    ● The final.
    Long and atypical. Peppery and smoked liquorice.

    Here is a new make of beauty, expensive, but what maturity for a product so young!

    If it had to be given a subjective rating, it would be a 90.

  5. karloff scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger. A little glimpse of better things to come.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Yeah wood notes straight away but it's that freshly sawn wood you get when you walk through a saw mill. Also lightly toasted white bread and some citrus notes. Fruit granola cereal and banana. A young nose but very pleasant indeed.
    • Taste
      82 82
      This reminds me of something else but I can't quite put my finger on it. The sherry notes are there and they sit well even with a little bit of solvent in the background. It has some nice dryness to it like an old sweet you found in your pocket that has paper stuck to it . Overall for what it is it holds itself together well.
    • Finish
      79 79
      The finish is probably it's weakest part as that solvent note comes to the forefront. It's not that bad really it's just a little off note.

  6. Koalafant scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    SID #602

    Aquavitae 15.10.2017 => 85/100

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Copared Batch #1 and Batch #2:
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Aided by it's strenght. But very promising.
    Let's hope they're not tempted to water down the final product too much.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Quite oaky, and quite OK.
      Fruity on sherry notes.
      Orange citrus.
      And a mix of tobacco and faint nuts.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mouth covering, succulent. Beefy.
      Dark fruits, some sherry, quite a bit of wood.
      Now and again there is something reminding me of well matured hard cheese. Unusual, but at this tiny level it is extremely interesting and quite good.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Sweet medium lenght dominated by wood.
      Peppery warm. A little drying.
      Some licorice notes.

  9. dramspotter scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    tasted blind; now it would be nice to taste side by side with the 2016AD because my feeling/score is that this is not as intriguing/good as the even younger 2016AD.
    • Nose
      refill sherry, solvent, polish, fruity notes, acetone
    • Taste
      smooth, fruity leather
    • Finish
      just shy of medium; peppery

  10. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting. Impressive for something so young.
    • Nose
      Dry. Bacon. Smoke. Iodine. Salty. Solvent. Hair spray. A little cheesy. 
    • Taste
      Peaty and smokey. Green chilies. Salt. More bacon.
    • Finish


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