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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 2012 SMWS 66.164
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.95 points
- The Dramble checked this beautifully named Ardmore: https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/group/smws-february-2020-outturn-review/
- "I like Big Butts" - well, now I know that I don't. But I can agree it tastes a bit farty!
Review here: https://youtu.be/tK8rQ6H0eg4
Light considering the alcohol strength. Rubber, wax, tobacco or light smoke, sulphuric notes, seaweed, or rather fermented kelp. Yep, that's exactly it. Later lanolin (sheep's wool) and wet embers join in to give it the last stab. Absolutely horrific, smells like wet socks and old farts. Big Butt smell I suppose.
Acidic, lemony flavours, some light sweetness, oak bitterness, balance is really not good. Too many off-notes. Ashes, wet wwod, very light milk chocolate (the only nice note), sulphur, some spices. Barely drinkable.
Smoky, ashy, oaky bitterness, chemical leather, tobacco, very light chocolate sweetness. One to get past and not look back.
- Fragrance: Perfumed. Light orange peel. Lightly smoked meat. Parma ham. Weak peat. Vanilla. Hints of chocolate.
Taste: Sweet. Vanilla. Then switch to salt.
Aftertaste: Salted. Meaty. Eg. Let vanilla.
Peat, dried meat, raisins and varnish. Some sweetness. Fairly subtle and neutral nose - easily forgotten.
Peat, more dried meats and wood spices. Quite ashy mouthfeel. Some coffee grounds.
Medium-long. Ashy and dry. Some juicy sweetness.
- SMWS Tasting Notes: A big initial bluster of autumn leaves on fire, twiglets dipped in marmite, barley in a feedbag and a pleasingly dirty edge. Some cider vinegar and the sweetness of molasses alongside hay, balsamic vinegar, noble rot grapes and cinnamon balls. Reduction brings out mixed spices, hunting schnapps, green wood, malt loaf, rosewater and hints of silage and tobacco leaf. Some smouldering chimney smoke in the background. The palate is big, sweet and smoky. A deep and unctuous curdle of stem ginger, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and green walnuts. More cinnamon notes, hay bales, lemon pith and a complex sooty aspect. With water there's peanut brittle, bitter chocolate, brown sugar, cherry liqueur and a lingering wisp of oily peat. Matured for five years in an American oak oloroso sherry butt before being transferred to a European oak oloroso sherry butt.