Overall rating
Single Malt
Hunter Laing (HL)
Bottling serie
The Old Malt Cask - 20th Anniversary
Stated Age
22 years old
HL 17082
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Nov 2018 9:01 pm by shortyx
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 115,00

4 × in wishlist

15 × member ratings

24 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 1996 HL

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.31 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Ardmore; the poor mans Caol Ila. It is the second biggest producer of peated whisky in Scotland after, you guessed it, Caol Ila. 6.45m vs 5.54million liters capacity annually. Most of both end up in blends (Johnnie walker/teachers). Blend workhorses always get my attention. Ardmore hung on until the bitter end using coal fired stills up to a respectable 2002! A commitment to tradition, or stubbornness to change. Either way, pretty cool.

    An interesting note, to me anyways is the lack of older Ardmore bottled by Cadenhead or Signatory for example. Neither has bottled a 90s distillate since 2012. So most Ardmore on the market is quite young. That combined with a small and underwhelming official presence leads to a general lukewarm enthusiasm towards the distillery.

    All of this combined with some highly respected reviewers leaving 90+ scores was enough for me to split a bottle with a friend.

    My half of the bottle evaporated in front of my eyes. Easy drinking and satisfying. Old school in nature. Recommend!
    • Nose
      89 89
      The nose is crystal clean, distillate forward. Barley sugar, cold cigarette ash, pollen, aloe vera, watery wildflower honey, key limes, clay. Mezcal springs to mind.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Soft and buttery, but not viscous. It’s light in the mouth. Probably my only gripe is I wish it had a little more heft/oiliness. Citrus cakes (more on lemon here, but lime as well), shortbread, sweet smoke and clotted cream. It’s very nice.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Sweet smoke turns into cold ash. Oak kicks in with some spearmint, along with balanced oak spice, creamed honey and sweet citrus (key lime pie). Maybe even a sprig of tarragon. Perfectly balanced finish. Really nice.

  2. el Gato scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Extremely fresh. Lovely green profile. Very clean and utterly enjoyable cask. Love the sooty finish vs the fresh green Sweet and citrusy notes.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Huge on lemons. Grassy. Smoke. Hay. Lime Liquerice. With time raspberries and mint leaves. Salt and Seaweed.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Big and oily. Some smoke. Huge on citrus. Fresh green apple juice. White pepper. Liquerice. Mint tea.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Very long! Lime. Salty liquerice now. Slightly drying. Love the Sooty notes, just right!

  3. SFWC scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Samphire, sweet chlorophyll, Coal dust, sour lambic geuze, soot, did i mention coal? , more soot, caramelized bananas, and stewed pear.

    Palate: citrus heaven, cream cakes, soft barley sugars and then strawberry licorice. Finish is endless on apples and lemongrass.

    Advanced sour and bitter palate flavours in harmony with the sweetness from the cask. High quality distillate. Reminiscent of many 72-75’ Ardbegs. Well done Ardmore and HL!


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