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Ardmore 30-year-old

Overall rating
89.15/100
votes
126
Whiskybase ID
WB121661
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1987
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon + 1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
1428
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

€ 346.27

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126 × member ratings

222 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 30-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.15 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. Likudi scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      What a delicious drop, honey, yellow dried fruit, caramelized apple and pineapple gradually works its way through my nose, which doesn't want to stop sniffing. It's worth giving him the time he deserves
    • Taste
      91 91
      It is oily and with a pleasant note of vanilla, you can taste the gentle, very well selected bourbon barrel
    • Finish
      92 92
      Incredibly present and long, I chew on old, soft, delicious leather.
      Not only from the PLV a winner compared to other 30 year olds

  4. niskat scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A gentleman. Very set, slightly spicy, slightly smoky, slightly sweet. A little bit of everything, too much of nothing. There are juicy apple flavors, but this whisky still looks pleasantly old and ripe. Ardmore 1996 (20yo OA, WID: 102030), for example, looks fresh compared to a 12-year-old. Due to the "glowing" character I feel distant from my favorite standard that Talisker 18 reminds me of. Great whisky, but the current issue price (around € 250 at the end of May 2020) is beyond my pain threshold. It is not particularly good for the money.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Thick, creamy vanilla, with solid oak, some nutmeg. Light smoke. Later, homemade, freshly grated apple sauce is added, which alternates with spicy aromas from the old oak.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very set, creamy vanilla here too. "Smoldering" is quite good here: delicate smoke in a harmonious interplay with set, pleasantly spicy, slightly peppery oak aromas. A little saw shavings.
    • Finish
      87 87
      In the finish it subsides a little. The same aromas as in the nose and mouth, but significantly weaker: creamy vanilla, spicy oak, slightly sweet, slightly smoky. Here the oak shows a little bitterness. Quite quickly gone.

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Mild and yet so intense and full of character. This Ardmore impresses with its mature age and the wonderfully coordinated aromas. Old, solid and tasty!

    22/23/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Intense toffee shines in the Premium Snifter, light earthy smoke blows from a distance, sugar beets and fried bacon exude their delicious, but also peculiar aroma with yellow fruits and honey. Raisins, slightly fermented yellow fruits, hints of leather and trophic fruits paired with neat peat and ashy smoke. The bacon left out in butter comes into its own in a creamy way, a hint of caramel and milk chocolate, the earthy notes gradually fade away and sweet fruit remains.
    • Taste
      Mild and spicy. The first impression is wonderfully round and creamy, apricots and raisins play with each other before cold smoke is powerfully distributed with earthy peat and pleasant sharpness. A pinch of black pepper sticks between the lips with spicy wood tones, subtle mineral smoke and earth tones permeate the palate with cozy warmth, leather is minimal. Menthol and chili dissolve from fly ash and charred pieces of wood, subtle sharpness warms the entire mouth area and massively stimulates saliva at the moment.
    • Finish
      Hazelnuts and smoked oak rest on the palate, sweetness plays dark fruit, creamy wood blends with subtle spiciness, a pinch of salt and menthol freshness. Slightly smoky notes stick between tongue and palate, peaty announces the end of the aftertaste. Shortly thereafter, the aftertaste gains volume again, a hint of menthol blends with creamy caramel and earth tones.

  6. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    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.

  7. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    this dram was behind the 24th door in my whisky calender 2020 :) i did not have many 30y plus whiskies in my life, but this one i enjoy. very round - no edges can be found here. the sweetness works well with some sweet oak. if there was any peat here it disappeared over the years. beatiful dram.
    • Nose
      90 90
      you definitely smell the age, sweet wood, raisins, brown sugar, leather polish, more oak. tamarin in a cigar box. the nose is a rather closed one. overripe oranges, dried orange zest. musty cork and marcipane. bit cheesy maybe?
    • Taste
      92 92
      wow this is someting! almost maritime sweet notes, umami flavors with fresh sweetness. the peat is very gentle if there is any at all. no edges found. very rounded sweetness. sweet oak. very ripe exotic fruits. papaya with some bitter cocoa powder maybe? reminds me a bit of arran with this maritime sweetness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      middle long with leaving a nice feeling on the tongue. no ginger or so. very round indeed. hard to find certain flavours because it is so round.

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    orchard fruits, ash, spices, banana, vanilla, herbs, tad bitter, very nice

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    I really like the nose but on the palate and in the finish it is a tad too bitter to catch up
    • Nose
      90 90
      Lot of vanilla, banana, peach, coconut powder, honeydew, whiffs of smoke, hints of yellow fruits, little apricot, wet hay, pipe tobacco - very good!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Little punchy, subtle sweetness, little fruity, little leafy and herbal, little peaty, honey, vanilla, zesty, lime peel, little grapefruit
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, more zesty, little leafy, a tad bitter

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