Ardmore 2010 MBl

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
07 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
56.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Mar 2018 4:25 pm by jose
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 57.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 2010 MBl

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.41 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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..

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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.

  10. 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.


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