Ardmore 1965 CA

Overall rating
92.33/100
votes
9
Whiskybase ID
WB14358
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
Dumpy Brown Bottle
Vintage
10.1965
Bottled
11.1987
Stated Age
22 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
11 mar 2010 7:10 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1012.48

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9 × member ratings

5 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardmore 1965 CA

4 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.33 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great stuff, this real old school, this sort of profile is dead now, what a great shame, this is like history in a glass
    • Nose
      87 87
      Grapefruit and lemon zest on the nose mixed with lemon drizzle cake. dash of white pepper and cream.
      This gives the impression of a higher abv.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Quite difficult at first with a hard edge but the fruit the nose suggested is there.
      You need to work at this one, grapefruit galore with a little sweet lemon.
      With a little water it releases a little peat and more slightly bitter fruit (in a good way) and really opens up
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warming fruit finish with sweet grapefruit now.

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  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Re taste
    A great example of 1960's distillate, a raw whisky if you like, no frills, no nonsense, just a solid whisky.
    The nose is better than I remember.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. whiskystore scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nice old herbal fruity nose. grapefruit, a nose of perfection.
    wow slite bitterness but a wonderful taste
    Only the old ones can give you this.

    I love it

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Mineral, orchard fruits, honey, citrusy hint of peat, very unusual and interesting, I like it

  6. MaltMartin scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great Ardmore from the old days with lots of complexity. As Greg says this profile is extinct.
    • Nose
      Typical old-skool Cadenhead dumpy nose. Leafy notes for a start. Nettles and tomato plants. Flowers of geraniums and orchards. Apple-mint. Grassiness as well. Whiff of smoke at the background.
    • Taste
      Now more on citrus fruit; peel zest, kiwi and grapefruit.
      It's velvety with a silky mouthfeel. Notes of vanilla and white rum. Crystalised honey. Later on the palate develops more into fudge with raisins, toffee and candy floss.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and lingering with a soft peaty edge. A little black pepper. Clove. Very well balanced.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 x 13 + Authentic/Original 1964-1966 x 3
    16 in total

    Apologies this post is a bit long

    Tasting order as follows :-

    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% WB 14358
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% WB 16642
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% WB 20094
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 yr 46% mini same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market WB 120312
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% WB 31933
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% WB 12577
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof WB 15173
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof WB 27093
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% WB 66289
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof WB 98570
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% WB 30837
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% WB 29551
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof WB 19956
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection WB 7303
    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling WB 26610
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection
    WB 15014

    This was a mammoth tasting on so many levels 13 Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 and then an Original Collection and two Authentic Collection 1964/66/66 respectively so 16 in total. The Glen Albyn & Dufftown were last as they were cask strength but the others were all labelled 45.7%/46%/80 proof.
    This tasting took a long time to do, with plenty of water between , breaks and some food.

    Our of the 16 there was only one that was found wanting and that was the St Magdalene, with the first place honours a shoot-out between the Convaalmore 21 year, Jura 66 dumpy and the 1964 Glen Albyn tall bottle.
    The 1st place shoot out was carried out the next day (today) and the winner was the Glen Albyn by a nose, I know it was higher strength but is also had more depth of profile and a lovely orange marmalade note, almost a 93 point average

    I have had Cadenhead dumpy before, full bottles and samples but what is clear from this tasting is that the type of liquid in these bottles is not made anymore, they are the proverbial `Old School` bottles, slightly austere at times but sharper and crisper on the palate than today’s manufactured drams with massive sherry.
    I would only describe the Glen Albyn, Dufftown &Glenrothes as an obviously sherried whisky, I believe they all will be but in a blind tasting you certainly would not.

    What I found fascinating was that many of them had very similar notes on the nose and the palate, a grassy/cereal note was a common thread and also grapefruit on the palate or so it seemed. I wondered if this could be down to the type of barley used and coal fired stills who knows but actually when you think about it in the 1950’s & 1960’s nearly all of this whisky would have gone into blends, and nearly all these whiskies are from the Speyside area.
    There were so many similarities on show it was a real eye opener, another was a slight menthol note in a few of them.

    It is really hard to put these in order as I said, there were many similarities so the scores were similarly very close.

    Here is my attempt at putting these 16 whiskies in some sort of pecking order
    Here is the result with average total points score and them marks for nose/palate/finish
    1st-16th place

    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling 92+p
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 year 46% (miniature) same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market 92p
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% 92p
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection 92
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection 92p 91/92/92
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof 92p
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% 91p
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% 91p
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof 90p
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof 90p
    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% 89p
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof 89p
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% 89p
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% 89p
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% 87p
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% 86p

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