Short Comparison between the Ardmore 1998/2016 43% GM (WID: 104982), the Ardmore 1996/2017 49.3% OA (WID: 102030) and the Ardmore 1996/2019 59% WhB (WID: 126812)
In the nose, the GM differs from the OA but quite clear. The GM is heavier and darker. The OA is fresher and has more smoke.
The GM is in the mouth, despite the only 43%, surprisingly voluminous and mouth-filling. Sweet and spicy in the taste. The smoke is there, but keeps in the background. Like a fruit chutney with some smoke and oak. Pleasant story. The OA is brighter and sparkling in its fruitiness compared to the GM. Again a little more smoke than the GM.
The GM is a beautiful and pleasing malt. Maybe a little bit too round. But a delicious malt.
Now the WhB. That's like the GM on testosterone for me. Also heavy and dark in the nose. Just in the face because of the higher alcohol content and the massive oak. In the mouth, of course, the WhB is not necessarily as supple in the mouth as the GM. The lack of elegance then he makes away by force.
Which one do I like best? Not easy! The GM is delicious but maybe something to easy drinking.
The OA and the WhB are quite different from the character. Just through the barrels and the appearance of the two. While the OA comparatively elegant and fine comes along, the WhB is then rather a ruffian. But he does not do that bad or too clumsy.
I'm just saying that I like the OA the best. Simply because I tend to like Ardmore in combination with a bourbon keg.