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Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan 2017 AD
13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.97 points
- Top quality
- 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!
- ● 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.
● 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.
- This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger. A little glimpse of better things to come.
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.
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.
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.
- SID #602
Aquavitae 15.10.2017 => 85/100
- Copared Batch #1 and Batch #2:
- Aided by it's strenght. But very promising.
Let's hope they're not tempted to water down the final product too much.
Quite oaky, and quite OK.
Fruity on sherry notes.
And a mix of tobacco and faint nuts.
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.
Sweet medium lenght dominated by wood.
Peppery warm. A little drying.
Some licorice notes.
- 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.
refill sherry, solvent, polish, fruity notes, acetone
smooth, fruity leather
just shy of medium; peppery
- Blind tasting. Impressive for something so young.
Dry. Bacon. Smoke. Iodine. Salty. Solvent. Hair spray. A little cheesy.
Peaty and smokey. Green chilies. Salt. More bacon.
- Tasted this interresting spirit at a Boogieman end-of-the-year tasting in Rijswijk, end november 2017.
A nice dram, and quite tasty, for being so young, a petit hint of smoke, with already quite some hints of to be ripe fruits. There was very little to none finish, as can be expected from young spirits.
Overall quite a nice full bodied spirit, I am definitely curious when it is fully matured