Ardmore 2010 MBl

Overall rating
87.39/100
votes
160
Whiskybase ID
WB109916
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Vintage
06.2010
Bottled
01.2018
Stated Age
07 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
3325
Number of bottles
708
Strength
56.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
29 mar 2018 4:25 pm by jose
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 95.00

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Whisky reviews for Ardmore 2010 MBl

32 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.39 points.

  1. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Yes, 7 years is one word ... One does not really believe which variety of aromas can arise in such a short time.

    This Ardmore is really strong.

    ... Of course you have to take the young and wild alcohol notes. If you are looking for a creamy, soft palate with mild notes we will not serve you here.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Initially closed, the smoke and juiceless alcohol briefly block the aromas, but it quickly takes shape. The smoke is herbaceous and of course a little maritime. In the background figs, plums and cherries become clear.
    • Taste
      89 89
      At first accompanied by the smoke, sweet figs, dark chocolate, coffee and tobacco mate in the mouth, then gradually comes to add an ash habit, which creates an unusual complexity for the young malt. Nice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The mouthfeel drains seamlessly from the ash smoke into a sweet, smoky and pleasantly oaky finish, which also complies with the mouth.

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  3. Koning scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    An impressive palate for a 7 years old, although the age still flashes in between. An example of a well excecuted sherry maturation that really contributes to the spirit (instead of adding a thin layer or completely overpowering it).
    • Nose
      86 86
      Lightly peated. Dark sherry notes of old varnished furniture, coffee, dried fruits and a whiff of cinnamon vie for attention with younger and fresher notes: vegetal, green and floral notes, citrus fruits and genever.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A sweet sherry richness takes centre stage with cherries, chocolate and espresso. The alcohol is quite peppery, and not completely integrated yet. A light to medium tobacco smoke develops, with a nice sidekick of vanilla, flowers and minerals. A very tasty palate!
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium peated finish, tending towards ashes and tobacco. Dark cherries and chocolates pair with bbq aromas. Becomes quite dry.

  4. PortYouri99 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A nice warm whisky! Show red fruit! Nice intense scent! Just a really nice whisky!

  5. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Despite the short maturation time, the barrel did a great job. None of the currently popular wet barrels was at work here. You can still see the distillate behind the sherry maturation very well. The malt needs some rest in the glass until it reveals its aromas. But these are very appealing. The smoke is clearly noticeable but not exuberantly. Especially in taste and finish, it combines the other flavors into a beautiful whole. Anyone who may still see the malt on the secondary market can access it here. But not at any price. A ten-year-old version, also bottled in sherry casks in 2010, is still available and is said to be very good at the same time. In any case, it is again a bottling from the "The Maltman" range by Meadowside Blending that I like.
    • Nose
      87 87
      In terms of appearance, the Ardmore glows in a reddish rust brown in the glass. Many tears slowly move down the edge. First a greasy smoke from the bacon smokehouse, which over time also gets cold-ashes. Behind this, the malt reveals rather few aromas shortly after being poured. He looks a bit closed. The alcohol shows up clearly with a noticeable stinging stinging sensation in the nose. It looks a bit rough, rough and still wildly young in its aromas. The sherry butt used must have been an Oloroso barrel. Tart hints of nuts and herbal spices are clearly evident. Tobacco and leather aromas are also concise. The smoky note wafts over the other odor aromas like clouds of mist all the time. You can also find light red fruits, such as raspberries and strawberries with vanilla. However, this distinctive bacon rind always lays over the smell. Over time, the alcohol calms down, recedes and lets the other odor components take precedence.
      With a few drops of water, the tobacco and sweet toffee come into their own.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The whisky starts with a decent start and a nice full mouthfeel. Immediately a honey-like sweetness comes to the fore, accompanied by an ashy smokiness. Vanilla and the fruit can be tasted at the same time. Now the taste of the red fruits on the nose is changing more into darker, more ripe and more dried representatives. The spices are also present again. A little sharpness of ginger and red pepper are also noticeable towards the finish. Obviously due to the alcohol content and the influence of wood.
    • Finish
      87 87
      In the end, the tobacco leaves and the old leather are still very intense. In addition, dried fruits and a pleasant dark cocoa note, which at the very end slides into a mocha. Medium-long finish, if you disregard the smoke, which can be tasted even longer together with the tobacco.

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Blackcurrant jam, peat and bread.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Peat, blackberry and crackers. Water adds apple.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dark chocolate, peat, gingerbread and blackcurrant.

  7. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice powerful whisky, some subtle smoke and fruitiness, very pleasant.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Powerful nose, quite some alcohol. Fruity, prunes, berries. Smoke, ash, some leather and even a bit farmy.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pretty powerful, pepper, intense. Red fruits on a smoky base, prunes. A bitter touch of ash. Full body.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Still some power, bitter smoke, red fruits, prunes. Middle long. Later on some ashy smoke.

  8. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad sherried Ardmore, but it's def. young and untamed with edges that don't go away with time and air. Overrated b/c of the sought-after style imho. Good malt, but nothing special, really.

  9. SRB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. ThorstenH scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Interesting nose, salty pretzels.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Well done MBL!! With only 7 years of aging this is quite a stunner! I’d almost say this can’t be real... normally I’m not a big fan of shortly matured whisky boosted by a very active an dominant cask. But this is an exception to that, without a doubt. This is not Glensherry, this is not woodsky, this is damn good.
    • Nose
      Well this is an intens nose! Very full of flavors. Very complete. There is a young layer to be detected but that is not bothering at all. There is a lot going on inhere. Impressive! Coffeebeans, mocca, dark ripe fruits, dark spices and after a while leather and tobacco. This is something to be occupied with all night!
    • Taste
      Tobacco, milk chocolate and red fruits. There is also a hint of fresh mint. There is a little edge to it that could give away it’s young age but still I’d say this is way beyond it’s age. I guess the guys at MBL have been very delighted when discovering this Ardmore sherry cask. The peat is there but absolutely not very dominant.
    • Finish
      At least as pleasant as the rest of this treat. A little sharp in the beginning but after that it picks up the high level again. It reminds me of forest fruit syrup. Finish is long with a very earthy and subtle peaty layer.

      In every part there is a young layer but at the same time it is being blown away by very mature and rich flavors which are in great balance an harmony to the whole. It only makes you wonder what a few (not to much) extra years would have done..

  12. RobbievdB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Certainly not something for every day. This is a powerful and intense Ardmore. Yes it’s young and that is to be nosed and tasted, but the bold aromas and flavors make up for that. This bottle improved significantly with some months of airtime. High on toasted caramel, dark fruits, bitter chocolate, peat and earthy notes. Very nice.

  13. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Smoked meat with a touch of light peat combined with sherry
    Taste: Light smoke with the addition of sherry. In addition, there will be sharp elements in the form of pepper. On next attempts, tobacco and some chilli.
    Rating: 88 | 100 A fairly long finish with a sherry profile with the addition of trophy. In my opinion, the whisky is pleasant

  14. Erik1908 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    To start with: no I am not a big fan of peated whiskies. Springbank, Ledaig yes. But I carefully walk around the heavily peated ashtrays of Islay. Not my cup of tea.

    But after I tasted a few Armore whiskies during the last weeks, this is for sure a big YES.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Wow. The nose is immediately attacked by smokey and spicy flavors. A right in the face dram is to be expected. Young and aggressive this whisky. This one does not take prisoners. A love-it-or-hate-it whisky I guess.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Autumn has arrived, so it is the time of the year to drink more intense whiskies. After the nose, the Armore attack continues with the mouth. Explosion of smokey flavors again, kept quite in balance with beautiful sherry notes. This is great, in spite of the very young age.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The fighting of flavors continues till the very end. And that end is beautifully long.

      Need to get a bottle!

  15. Deloti scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    He really did not convince me.
    I'm actually always skeptical about such young Malts with a lot of influence. Smoky malts can usually compensate for the youthfulness.
    In that is no blatant blunder in it. He does not look too young now or is overcharged. But somehow the interaction does not fit together for me.

  17. wbarchive_970294 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    7 years? Had all the young whiskys so much to offer.
    He is already incredibly mature and pleasing.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fat, full, sweet, cold ashes reminiscent of a cold pipe, sherry fruits with a hint of acidity, a clear ham / meat note, BBQ, some perfumed / flowery is there too, pencil, even the machine room often associated with Ardmore comes down. ...really great
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet with some smoke, spicy dirty with fruit and nut notes, walnuts most likely and in addition a discreet, but nevertheless clearly recognizable mint
    • Finish
      87 87
      slightly cold spicy smoke with some tobacco, fruit flavors like sour raspberries, unfortunately a bit short

  18. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The alcohol is very well integrated, certainly clear Sherrynoten for the age, I do not fit the mixture so 100%, would have liked him with 10 or 12 years.
    • Nose
      Black Forest ham, fine smoked smoke, raspberry syrup, cherry juice, a bit of coal, toffee, wild honey, rosemary, young leather and some damp tobacco
    • Taste
      Sharpener, fine-tongued smoke, of fresh wood shavings, smoked ham, rye bread, fresh tobacco, young leather, cherries with seeds, blood orange, some fresh grapefruit, coal, wild honey, hay on the cocoon
    • Finish
      Dry, smoke, fresh ash, tobacco, blood orange, grapefruit, hay, medium-long

  20. M134481 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I like the differences between the smell and taste, and I like the taste and short finish.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Some sherry of port smell.
      Leather
      Sweaty socks
      Honey
    • Taste
      85 85
      Completely different taste than how he smells.
      Sherry!
      Leather
      Light oranges.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fruity taste
      Sherry
      Sweet
      Light oranges again

      The finish dissapears pretty fast

  21. domani scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The greasy smoke is very dominant and works artificially in comparison to other whiskys of this category. Fruit or sherry flavors I find almost nothing. Without water, the whisky is too strong, without any structure and too intrusive. Water does not really help and makes it almost paradoxical. You can not push on the age and the barrels used here were certainly not bad what the almost consistently positive reviews show. Ardmore is almost unpleasant to me personally and will not be my whisky - 16.11.2018
    • Nose
      The nose is very aromatic and my first thought goes in the direction of crispy bacon or smoked trout. It is less smoke, more smoked with a slight youthful freshness. I also like dark dried fruits, cherry, dry tobacco, old leather, greasy sweetness, as I know you from Ardmore. The sherry note is overshadowed by the smoke.

      With water, it seems fresher at first and produces citrus aromas, but otherwise no further insights.
    • Taste
      Creamy and strong he spreads. Cooling slightly and then immediately peppery. I only feel tobacco and smoked trout. The sweetness holds back very much, he is completely on the dry side. The Sherrynoten do not really want to go through and the chili has now stunned the palate. The bitterness is very unbalanced and I can only associate badly.

      With water it is softer and less intrusive. The chilli continues to be present but faster. The bitterness is a mystery to me and difficult to classify. At the end hints of forest fruits and forest honey but more does not come.
    • Finish
      medium

  22. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant surprise. The nose is gorgeous and complex for a malt of this age, the palate satisfying, and only the finish reveals the youth (well 7 years is not quite “youth” perse yet) of this Ardmore. Recommended!
    • Nose
      Sweet bonfire smoke, so not very pungent or vegetal. Dried-up cigarettes, red berries – cranberries, currants, and pomegranate. There are even coastal associations to be found, meaning saltiness and fried salmon. Quite a start! With prolonged time to breath it even turns spicy-savory
    • Taste
      The arrival is sweet and salty, the peat is intermingling with red berries once again and well-integrated into the oaky backdrop of mentholated herbal tea.
    • Finish
      Medium. Sweet tannins, toffee, mild licorice.

  23. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    the peat hits instantly. followed by some salt, quite a lot of bacon, the sherry influence needs a while to get some space but this happens just nicley. dark fruits, leather, some dark chocolote, cacao. finish is long, full of peat and hints of sherry. that is some really fine malt for this age!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. Mark-E scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  25. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Horny part. So far, I have not had anything bad about Ardmore.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Juvenile and berry smoke, raisins, hot chocolate, sugar beet syrup, then comes back to the blazing smoke, you feel discreetly the oily Ardmore workshop, light grainy notes come past smoke and sherry
    • Taste
      90 90
      Typically oily and at the same time dirty Ardmore smoke, warming, a lot of red fruits, creamy, again raisins and chocolate
    • Finish
      89 89
      Fruity and creamy smoke, chocolaty with raisins, here too, beautiful warmth, which definitely holds

  26. Barreman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Complex for its 7 years. Like the subtle smokiness in the nose. It’s ashier when tasting it, while the sherry tones, the fruits and sweetness stay the longest in the finish
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Well-balanced and mature beyond its age, but that's what peat and an active sherry cask will do to young distillate.
    • Nose
      Immediately very reminiscent of young, sherried Ledaig, but a little less coastal. Sweet barbecue notes, earthy peat and subtle cigar tobacco. Some plums and blackcurrants as well.
    • Taste
      Hints of menthol and tobacco, and very warm and comfortable. Soot and campfire smoke, accompanied by meaty barbecue notes, as well as cherry syrup and roasted peppers. Adding water only makes it dryer, I wouldn't recommend it.
    • Finish
      Smoky sweetness. Long...

  28. Pollenflug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Hats off what the barrel has delivered within approximately 7.5 years of storage. Intense sherry notes flow out of my glass immediately after pouring. The strong alcohol (56.5%) stings pretty well in the nose in the first few minutes. I let the malt breathe for at least 15 to 20 minutes while admiring the wonderful color that glitters beautifully in the sunlight. Sweet cherries, raspberries, wild berries and strong tobacco notes are dominant. The fruity-sweet notes are joined by nutty aromas, dark forest honey, light smoky notes and first signs of spicy oak. The background smoky harmony harmonizes very well with the voluminous sherry notes. The alcoholic note gradually loses its intensity, but is still perceptible without dilution.
    • Taste
      Violent, strong sherry-heavy and slightly smoky onset, with a passionate dose of freshly ground pepper. The strong Pfeffrigkeit almost flows into a "talisker-typical" chilli-catch and spreads like a slightly numbing veil in the mouth at short notice. The texture of the Ardmore is slightly oily. With a few drops of water, the young malt is tamed a little and the mouth feel is much creamier. The sweet fruit flavors are now gaining more and more strength and refine the taste experience with beautiful caramel notes and also awaken an association with baked pancakes. Cherries and raspberries take over the sweet part, while currants and plentiful grapefruit provide a sour tart. Dark chocolate, fresh tobacco and oak round off the complex impression with the beautiful smoky note.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sherrylastig, slightly smoky and warming. Freshly ground pepper prances again briefly on the tip of the tongue and causes a slight tingle. Also on the home straight dominate the strong Sherrynoten, which still have a gentle residual sweetness and slowly fade away. Caramel, rich dark chocolate, tobacco, a hint of anise and spicy oak notes follow. Finally, the light smoke with pleasant smoked aromas builds up again and ensures a round finish.

  29. Ed Radour scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. SVWRamius scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      81 81

  32. SVWRamius scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    On this 7-year bottling, I was really happy, because the rating promised a great whisky on the net. I can not follow that, he did not convince me. The alcohol is much too oppressive and dominates too much, the aromas can still be guessed, but do not really want to get through. Only slightly diluted, it is immediately extremely watery. In the last gulps from the glass he is more pleasing, I postpone that you get used to the alcohol. Maybe I'll try it again soon after a few other whiskys.
    Nah, sorry, I do not want to give it more than satisfying. Personally, I like some NAS Ardmores even better. But fortunately, tastes are different.
    • Nose
      Strong sherry smell, lemon, fresh tobacco and Black Forest ham, so if you get the from the pack and the tear up.
    • Taste
      Undiluted, the alcohol overshadows too many flavors, as well as the sherry comes through and a little smoke. I'm used to cask strength but it does not fit here. So water in and again: Here is something the problem with relatively young whisky in cask strength, the undiluted whisky was not really creamy and rather light, so he is already too watery after only 4-5 drops of water. The sherry now comes in the form of a strong orange flavor, the smoke could come a little bit more, apple and some men's chocolate I mean to taste. With a slightly longer dwell time in the mouth, the chocolate gets through even more.
    • Finish
      Medium long with a pleasant smoke content, accompanied by bittersweet oak notes and chocolate.

  33. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  34. Kimba scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Well, what should I say. Normally, young whiskys are not that interesting to me, but I had a good feeling about it. It was not me! The nose is a bit reluctant in the beginning but after a few minutes it opens up nicely and everything is perfectly coordinated. The light smoke matches perfectly with the notes of raspberries and cherries that the sherry barrel has delivered. The vanilla and the sweet caramel are also present. The alcohol carries all the splendor on a cool crisp bed. It tickles slightly in the nose. Then this note that I like so much and know only of old whisky, this note the other connoisseurs probably call sulfur and I feel just as pleasant and above all as mature. Funny at 7 years. In the mouth, the alcohol is noticeably there, no question. The smoke, or rather the ash note, is very subtle and does not jump directly at you. But she mixes beautifully with that power and the sweetness of the Ardmore. He could be a little bit creamier. But that's just sensory. He is full of my taste! And he is dangerously tasty. Although the alcohol is noticeably there, it does not disturb the enjoyment in any way. I want to suck more and more sips in my mouth ... there are 2 cl quickly gone. The finish is beautiful and not too long ... For a long time now a whisky that has picked me up. Therefore earns 91 points ... I also do not want to say that he would have been even better if he had stayed longer in the barrel ... maybe he would have become even more "quiet", but he would also have lost this beautiful smoke .. So he fits as he is. greetings J.

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