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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 2008 WIN
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.75 points
- An alright Ardmore, but I do prefer them matured on sherry. This Laphroaig barrel did add some complexity, mainly on the nose where those seafood, salty and plasters like aromas are noticeable. On the palate it’s young Ardmore with citrus, fine vanilla, earthy peat and malty and woody aromas. It’s fine but not particularly my preferred style of whisky.
- N: White chocolate, marzipan and pepper.
T: Pepper, some peat, lemon but still young.
F: Medium drying with white pepper, citrus - grapefruits and spices.
- I am quite a big fan of Ardmore lately. I’ve reviewed this one earlier already. Now I got it in the glass again and I have to say. What a delight! That Ardmore is very pleasant when matured in sherry casks is a public secret but this bottling for WIN is at least as much pleasant. The modest part the refill bourbon cask plays in this one is more then palatable and the freshness and light profile is stunning! This is an ideal summer dram. The fact that it is an ex Laphroaig cask is not dominant at all. I’ve had other Islay cask matured Ardmore’s and in those cases it was way to dominating. In this one it really adds a layer without taking things over.
- Ardmore..One of the only standard peated speysiders out there. I don’t drink them very often simply because I like the non peated Speyside style more. I tend to not like the temporarily experiments with distillers who normaly do not use peated malt. Ardmore is a positive exception to it since they always use peated malt, and for what I’ve tasted so far, they do that very well!
Exceptionally fresh and ‘clean’ peat on the nose. Very pleasant. Completely different from the heavily islay peated nose. Fresh citrus fruits, combined with fresh vegetal peat. After 9 years a lot of the original Ardmore spirit is still very present. Good combination. I normally don’t drink peated whisky in spring and summertime, but this bottle would be the exception to that. For it’s freshness it’s perfect for a late summer night at the fireplace outside with a big quality cigar.
Light, fruity and peaty. But again in a ‘clean’ and fresh peated kind of way. Vanilla and whipped cream. Some warm red fruits I’d even say. Like that warm sauce you pour over your ice cream. Nice!
Long because of the peat. A creamy kind of peat with vanilla and a little licorice. The fruitiness and finesse are quite quickly gone with the wind. That’s a little pitty. On the other hand: this is an accessible whisky in a price range in which you don’t have to hesitate to pour yourself another dram. And as long as you don’t wait to long with your next sip the finish continues anyway :D
- Bought this bottle at the IWS festival in Den Haag. When pored, both the nose and initial taste are like a punch right in the face. Not a surprise, looking at the young age and high abv. So I added more then just a few drops of water, and left it in the glass for about an hour.
This whisky should not be tasted when in a rush. My scores are based on adding water and time.
Surprisingly sweet with of course the peat-smoke all over the place. But the right in the face punch is no longer there.
Also the taste has grown from aggressive to mild. Sweet, smokey, spicy, oily. I love the earthy dirty taste; like with Ledaig.
Nice warm and long. A slight bitterness in the very end.
- The bottlings from WIN are generally very good. This also applies to this Ardmore. A nice smoky and especially oily whisky.
A lot of smoke in the nose, malty, vaniile and butter.
Sweet, vanilla, wonderfully oily, fruity (apple) and some spices. Solid smoke is nicely present.
Medium sweet aftertaste with lots of vanilla, lemon and smoke.