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!
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.
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.
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.