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Ardnamurchan 2018 AD

Overall rating
84.43/100
votes
139
Whiskybase ID
WB120083
Category
Spirit
Distillery
Bottler
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Limited Release No. 03
Bottled
2018
Calculated age
01 year old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex Sherry
Number of bottles
4916
Strength
55.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060383650426
Added on
31 oct 2018 2:46 pm by Ed Radour
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 141.28

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139 × member ratings

576 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan 2018 AD

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.43 points

  1. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    If you have such a malt in your glass, you get the idea, that some whiskeys with 6-8 years, can not offer much more.
    I am a big friend of the first three Spirit releases of Ardnamurchan.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The first impression is much milder than expected, the alcohol is holding back. Sweetness and fruit are dominant. The oak comes through, it smells a bit of polish. The youth shows through subtle metallic adhesive notes.
      After a while, add the scent of fresh bread dough and a warm sherry scent.
      Above all lies a wonderfully integrated peat. Very fine!
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fine, elegant start. For a year old already very skillful ;-)
      It is a bit spiteful on the tongue, and the alcohol is very pleasant here as well. The fruit notes are restrained, but it is quite sweet and a cold smoke lies over it.
      I think it's almost too easy ....
    • Finish
      85 85
      Fine, uncomplicated finish. Not very complex, it has a pleasant sweet smoke ....

  2. GlasMost scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I had this distillate at a fair and was pleasantly surprised how good a one year old spirit - just on the way to become a whisky- can taste. Not too sharp, no off-notes, alcohol well intergrated and surprise again: with a kind of a finish.
    Looking forward to seeing and tasting more from this distillery. Very promising.

  3. Dutchdram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      It's very sweet in the nose with notes of honeycombs and raisins complemented with caramel fudge. It turns a bit fruity now with hints of red fruit and oranges in the background. At the end, after a few sniffs, again the alcoholic scent.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Mango chutney to start with. Again a very nice honey taste complemented with cherries and a light note of raisins. Some cereal bisquits. At the end it turns peppery with a light hint of smoke.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-long, warm and syrupy. And lots of honey lingers on.

  4. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    the third in the league with the 2016 and 2017, the one here was the second best
    the nose is a bit thin
    Water doesn't make him better
    not a purchase candidate
    • Nose
      sweet increases, minimal smoke, red berries become stronger, light earthy, light sherry, metallic note comes
      with water: cheesy, bast basket, very spicy, malt
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      Oak, tart, spicy
      with water: cardboard, a strange note, perfume soap
    • Finish
      long
      tart, oak, slightly sherry, perfume soap, very astringent !!
      with water: nougat ?, a lot of cardboard

  5. ocdr scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Very mild for such a young “whiskey”, despite the approx. 50% alcohol. A lot of sherry and sweetness that tempts to drown out the slightly light appendix. Very tasty. Recommendable, as it is very interesting what you can do in two years ...

  6. rpvdwel scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. mandragoru scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    My rating reflects the fact that this is a young remarkable (not yet) whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A nice bottling from a promising distillery
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity, cherries, berries, raisins, smoky, caramel. Exciting spirit.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Smoky, raisins, again cherries and berries, lots of sherry influences. Combines well with the smoke
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium finish with a lot of smoke. Not very complex.

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  11. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Sweet & Sour Peat Explosion

    While the first release – 2016 AD – was only 2500 bottles strong and the second – 2017 AD – even less with 2477 bottles, for the third release Ardnamurchan released almost 5000 bottles. In this case, it’s spirit that matured on first fill sherry casks. I was very impressed with the first two spirits, as I recall. So expectations for this third release, bottled last year at 55.3%, are high.

    Sweet and aromatic nose on dark fruit (rum raisins, dates) and nuts (both almonds and hazelnuts), as well as some clear hint of peach and pineapple. A bit of spices, but not overly much. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Some woodsmoke. Candied oranges, blueberries. It becomes a bit waxy, which is to my liking.

    On the palate, the sweet fruit is immediately tackled by a big sweet and sour peat explosion. The spices of the wood are much more outspoken. I get sweet, bitter and salty notes. Bacon on the barbecue mixed with plum liqueur. Chili peppers. Very dry from the second sip forward.

    In the very long, smoky and sweet-sour-bitter finish, the mouth is dried completely.

    Good stuff. Let’s not forget that this is not yet whisky! Having said that, it’s the least of the three so far. The first – 2016 AD – remains my favorite.

  12. Kaysersdråber scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. dramspotter scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A bit hard to rate, it is pleasant enough but it almost doesn't seem like Scotch. I wonder what I would make of it if I had tried it blind - I suspect I would have rated it a bit higher for being somewhat different, not sherry matured but more like a wine barrique finishing of a whisky. But I keep coming back in my mind to when I had the 2016 AD blind and was rather stunned that you could get this kind of profile after one year. In comparison, this just seems a bit undercooked.
    • Nose
      79 79
      quite a vinegary sherry; behind this would seem citric notes but it could be that vinegar again. Don't get me wrong it is not a bad smell just rather sharper than expected for sherry maturation
    • Taste
      83 83
      odd, I am trying to think of some reference point like a sherry matured Glen Scotia; red wine notes, very grapy. The alcohol doesn't seem that high, but I have to consider I just had a 68+ whisky so things are bound to seem more dilute
    • Finish
      81 81
      short->medium; not as dry as a cognac by a long stretch, but the finish has that back of the mouth and throat grip like a product from France

  14. KayMeertens scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Rating a spirit on an 'adult' whisky scale feels a bit like grading a toddler on university marks, but this is definitely promising and already well drinkable. I like the fact that it is already hardly 'schnappsy' and that subtle peatiness is a trait that I like a lot.
    • Nose
      Stones. Yes, very clearly stones. Goji berry and whiffs of fig and caramel. With water some gooseberry.
    • Taste
      Hot, peppery and ashy. Goji berry, caramel. Subtle peat, getting stronger when adding water. It's quite harsh in the mouth without.
    • Finish
      Gooseberry, smoke, blackberry, dark chocolate and caramel.

  15. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I am surprised by this spirit, clearly a good barrel selection!
    • Nose
      87 87
      It is striking how full and round this fragrance is after such a short ripening. Beautiful fruit tones of berries and cherries, raisins, a little caramel and also a fresh accent reminiscent of a wet pine forest.
    • Taste
      85 85
      In the beginning quite spicy in terms of spices, but the sherry and sweet notes take over quickly. However, I appreciate this kick and it makes it great to drink even after the 1st dram. Once again there is a fresh element in it, this time more inclined to red apple and some wet wood
    • Finish
      85 85
      Average finish in terms of length but that feels nice and full. With a drop of water, the whole becomes slightly creamier and some light tropical fruit tones emerge.

      Fun and promising dram for the future !!

  16. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  17. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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