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Overall rating
86.71/100
votes
27
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Distillery Label
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2016
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
12 Dec 2017 9:03 am by Candide
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 89,48

3 × in wishlist

27 × member ratings

30 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 1998 GM

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

  1. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The fear that 43% are too lax has not been confirmed, especially on the second sip of this Ardmore is powerful enough to show an interesting sweet-spicy spectrum of flavors. 87-88P.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Homemade redcurrant juice, a clear beeswax note, block malt, damp forest soil, delicate bacon note, but also amarettini.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Unbelievably gentle in the mouth, yet with a viscous fullness with a very elegant fruity-spicy sweetness, like in honey-sweet bacon plums, with chewing also lemon thyme.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is a bit too gentle, but still lightly astringent the oak flashes as well as the fruitiness of a well-selected sherry barrel.

  2. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Short Comparison between the Ardmore 1998/2016 43% GM (WID: 104982), the Ardmore 1996/2017 49.3% OA (WID: 102030) and the Ardmore 1996/2019 59% WhB (WID: 126812)

    In the nose, the GM differs from the OA but quite clear. The GM is heavier and darker. The OA is fresher and has more smoke.
    The GM is in the mouth, despite the only 43%, surprisingly voluminous and mouth-filling. Sweet and spicy in the taste. The smoke is there, but keeps in the background. Like a fruit chutney with some smoke and oak. Pleasant story. The OA is brighter and sparkling in its fruitiness compared to the GM. Again a little more smoke than the GM.
    The GM is a beautiful and pleasing malt. Maybe a little bit too round. But a delicious malt.

    Now the WhB. That's like the GM on testosterone for me. Also heavy and dark in the nose. Just in the face because of the higher alcohol content and the massive oak. In the mouth, of course, the WhB is not necessarily as supple in the mouth as the GM. The lack of elegance then he makes away by force.

    Which one do I like best? Not easy! The GM is delicious but maybe something to easy drinking.
    The OA and the WhB are quite different from the character. Just through the barrels and the appearance of the two. While the OA comparatively elegant and fine comes along, the WhB is then rather a ruffian. But he does not do that bad or too clumsy.
    I'm just saying that I like the OA the best. Simply because I tend to like Ardmore in combination with a bourbon keg.

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