Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Limited Release No. 03
Calculated age
01 year old
1st Fill Ex Sherry
Number of bottles
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 Oct 2018 2:46 pm by Ed Radour
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 139.33

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129 × member ratings

516 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan 2018 AD

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.50 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. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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
      tart, oak, slightly sherry, perfume soap, very astringent !!
      with water: nougat ?, a lot of cardboard

  3. 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 ...

  4. rpvdwel scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  7. 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.

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

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

  9. 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.

  10. Kaysersdråber scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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


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