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Overall rating
87.41/100
votes
24
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Vintage
12.2008
Bottled
10.2019
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Casknumber
197912
Number of bottles
311
Strength
52.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
30 Jan 2020 4:50 pm by IsleofArrik
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 78.60

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24 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 2008 MBl

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.41 points

  1. MetalMalty scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      The first nose corresponds exactly to my expectations. First sherry over which gentle smoke is laid, then a subtle floral and later cinnamon notes. The sherry does not appear to be overpowered, does not kill you with its force and is very nicely integrated.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The Ardmore comes across as very oily and heavy, and you can already tell in the mouth the incredibly present spice and ginger spiciness that is pushed through the sherry.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish has a lot of light and some shade.
      First, the spiciness and spiciness is still dominant, followed by a great and not too intrusive smoke note.
      Then the finest dark chocolate slides in. Very nice. Unfortunately, one notices a slight metallic note, which is probably due to the only 10 years of barrel storage, but that's not really annoying.
      Very nice bottling and quality for not a lot of money. I'll get another bottle.

  2. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Wow! What a difference this is! Where the 2010 7yo version was spot on from the beginning, I initially wasn’t that impressed by this one. But what an impressive evolution this one made with about a month of oxidation. This went from good to impressive.
    • Nose
      This nose is marvelous! Big, but balanced, sherry influenced nose. Sweet, earthy and smokey. But smoke in an smoldering wood/heavy charred oak kind of way, not so much pure peat. There is a meaty touch to it in like flame grilled meat from the bbq. The whole smells way more aged then it actually is with a deep layer of leather and pipe tobacco.
    • Taste
      On the taste it is sweet, fatty and well balanced as well. It never gets sharp of rough edged. The taste is more about red fruits in like raspberry, blackberries and raisins. Sugar syrup and mild Arabic orientated spices such as ginger and nutmeg give this taste multiple dimensions. It gets a tad ‘hot’ after a while, followed by a warming mouthfeel. Nice how this taste develops inside the mouth.
    • Finish
      Shorter then expected but still medium length. In the finish it starts oily followed by a burst of spicy warmth, red fruits, spices, and dark chocolate. This is lingering on for quite a while. The smokey character is also present here. It’s best described like ashes here. Like in a burnt out fireplace.

      Although I do think the 2010 7yo is a bit better in every part, this also is a highly palatable dram which I would recommend buying!

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