Overall rating
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
I like big butts
Stated Age
07 years old
2nd Fil Ex-Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
61.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
30 Jan 2020 12:48 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 88.77

5 × in wishlist

22 × member ratings

47 × in collection

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

  1. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The Dramble checked this beautifully named Ardmore: https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/group/smws-february-2020-outturn-review/

  2. Gregers scored this whisky 65 points Expert Junior

    "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
    • Nose
      60 60
      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.
    • Taste
      68 68
      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.
    • Finish
      68 68
      Smoky, ashy, oaky bitterness, chemical leather, tobacco, very light chocolate sweetness. One to get past and not look back.

  3. Canucks89 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    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.

  4. Brinker scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
      Peat, dried meat, raisins and varnish. Some sweetness. Fairly subtle and neutral nose - easily forgotten.
    • Taste
      76 76
      Peat, more dried meats and wood spices. Quite ashy mouthfeel. Some coffee grounds.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-long. Ashy and dry. Some juicy sweetness.

  5. MasterMork scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

  6. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Zorba scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.


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