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Ardmore 30-year-old

Overall rating
89.38/100
votes
42
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1987
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon + 1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Strength
47.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8298
Barcode
5010019638823
Added on
27 Nov 2018 8:46 am by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 277.50

27 × in wishlist

42 × member ratings

70 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 30-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.38 points

  1. Achany scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    sweet honey peat, some dried yellow fruits, dried apples, leathery, full bodied, quite a lot of peat for this age, cold ashes, very very gentle wet and moldy hay. Oaky and spicy as well but not in the spotlight. the finish is long, starts rather sweet and gets smokier and peatier the longer it lasts.
    Compared to the 20yo this has more complexity and is more like an old and dignified Islay. What a fine dram this on is!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. rampah scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Really good malt. I like it. This is set again compared to the 20yo (WID: 102030). But has a lot of punch, especially in the mouth, which is not unpleasant. The smoke is expected to be more restrained than the 20yo.
    I like the 20s very much and he is also PLV-moderately recommended. The 30s lays it still a shovel on it. But that also has to be paid well.
    • Nose
      Nice, comparatively fine nose. Sugar beets. Herbal honey. Rather yellow fruits. Cloudberry jam. Apricots. From time to time also a penchant for the exotic. Maybe something like dragon fruit. Slightly smoked meat. Campfire. After a while, spices like nutmeg come. And generally oak. The longer and more often you smell, the less the fruits become. But it is spicier, oakier and also a certain freshness comes through.
    • Taste
      A mixture of beautiful, creamy sweetness and spice. Honey again. Toffee. Marzipan. In addition ginger candy. Chilli oil. Then comes the oak. The sweetness subsides and the sharpness combines with the spice of the oak. It is getting drier.
      The smoke is very discreet here.
    • Finish
      Nuts. Some herbs. Still a little prickle. Now the smoke is stronger again but still rather restrained. Tree bark.

  4. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very nice bottling, well matured and balanced. Could (and should) be a bit more complex for old age.

    With water something more open, beautiful and complex.
    The finish is the weak point of the whole.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Immediately deliciously fruity: a mixture of pineapple, star fruit, pear and some passion fruit. Vanilla, linoleum.
      Looks fresh-fruity and yet ripe. Good depth.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Strong, warm, more masculine onset, sparkling, slightly peppery. Neat smoke, yellow and bright fruits and cereal notes. Wired construction.
      Gradually becomes rounder. Concentrated.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Not very long, but harmonious and aromatic. A hint of maritime, fine vanilla.

  5. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Different from Ardmore Vintage 1996 20yo, but no less great. Beautifully complex in taste. However, the price is excessive, especially when compared to 20yo. (Based on Sample - Whisky Festival 2019.)
    • Nose
      At first rather subtle. Old lacquered furniture, smoked cheese, burning wood - bonfire, boiled potatoes, spice mix, worcestry sauce.

      After adding a few drops of water: Vegetable broth, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Almost smoke-free. Slightly prickly at first. Sweet to honey, chili peppers, peppers, cappuccino chocolate. Very long body.

      After adding a few drops of water: Softened. Kohlrabi, leek, young spring onion, cappuccino.
    • Finish
      Hellly long and intense. Herbs, slightly woody, mint, menthol, boiled vegetables, salinity, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar.

      After adding a few drops of water: White pepper, radish, overripe and hard peas.

  6. JimmyLok scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  7. Headhunter666 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A great Whisky
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. SemperAugustus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

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