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Ardmore 2008 HL

Overall rating
85.97/100
votes
36
Whiskybase ID
WB165026
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Hunter Laing (HL)
Bottling serie
The Bookinist
Vintage
2008
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
RB HHD+10mon.finish Chateau Latour-Martillac
Number of bottles
216
Strength
59.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Bottle code
L19 360 PB MIS0859
Added on
05 Sep 2020 4:56 pm by Godsend
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 100.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 2008 HL

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.97 points

  1. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A touch of peat smoke and lemons. Then it goes to blueberries and red berries. Tobacco leaves. Later also apricots and a touch of ginger. Water: farmyard smell. Raisins.
    • Taste
      Quite some peat smoke on the arrival, but also tobacco leaves and a hint of ash. Which is quickly followed by cranberries. Honey and sweet raisins. Vanilla. A touch of lemon. Dark chocolate. Then some black pepper, a touch of ginger and cinnamon. Water: more towards dried apricots and raisins and spices get more settled. A hint of oranges.
    • Finish
      Mid-long with the spices, dark chocolate and lemon. water adds Apricots and raisins.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The palate is outshined by the nose, yet there's plenty good things to taste here.
    • Nose
      A quick hit of cured meat, followed by charred wood, smouldering embers and some struck matches. Burnt caramel, honey, dried tobacco leaves and peanut skins, as well as some toffee, cherries and apricots.
    • Taste
      Creamy mouthfeel and quite an intense arrival, courtesy of meaty peat smoke, ginger, pepper and a touch of rubber. Tamed by water, I find notes of almonds, bitter chocolate and toffee as well. Finally some prunes and raisins.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and dried fruits. Ashes. Long.

  3. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well-fumigated malt, combined with non-standard wine barrels, produces smoked meats, wood ash and polished furniture in the base of the aroma. Do you remember the Soviet wall "Kalinka"? This is a cozy aroma for me, and the weather matches ...
    The taste is dry, with sourness ...
    The finish is very long, dry, smoked, fruity with spices (a lot of hot and black pepper).
    ---
    The weak side is balance. Young and daring - 21
    The nose becomes weak after the first sip ... 22
    Taste - 21
    Finish is the strongest side of this malt - 22
    Total: 86. This is my subjective objectivity ...
    Verdict.
    This is a win-win option (I'm sure that's what you intended) - a combination of a mild (super popular now) and not expensive (in comparison with Ayla) whisky + a non-standard wine finish on barrel rpm ...

  4. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    21 20 20 20 81

    21 21 20 21 83

    Young and very strong on the move ...
    after standing it became better, and the nose is good, its best side ...

  5. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Good young molt (88)
    • Nose
      Wax, farm, smoke ... salty, malty. Not much but pleasant (22)
    • Taste
      Fruits and ash, powerful, wild (22)
    • Finish
      Finish creamy, smoky, meat broth with vegetables ... grapefruit skin and peel (22)

  6. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant amber color.
    Smoky aromas. Salty notes, maybe even a little sea. Caramel. Salty caramel. Traces of fruit. A very intense, full-bodied and pleasant whisky with a long finish.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Petrenko scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    21/21,5/21,5/21

  8. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    That's what good company means. We tested it together at a tasting conducted by Anatoly Berezovsky.
    Glencairne.
    Balance 22
    Total 88
    • Nose
      Charcoal, campfire smoke, smokehouse, wine, berries, figs 22
    • Taste
      22
    • Finish
      22

  9. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Smoky, sweet, soft, it went well on this cold evening. Yes, and I am very pleased that our friends make their own whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoke, wax, burnt plastic parts, and all this in the sweetness of grapes, raisins, plums and apricots. All ripe and sweet berries participate here. A little oak, or perhaps a grape leaf.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is sweet, maple syrup, plum jam, grape jam( white grapes), marshmallow. And of course the smoke. It's like you're chewing it like in that song "I chew smoke, I swallow fog (дым жую, туман - глотаю)».
    • Finish
      87 87
      Aftertaste - you exhale sweet jam through the searing fire and smoke.

  10. fnk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    the aroma is unusual, nothing like it had been inhaled before. Here it seems to me they were zamorachivalis with exposure / additional exposure.
    a little bit harsh on the palate, saturated, and rushing. tart aftertaste .... lasts ...
    By the way, then a light plume of smoke is already audible.

    As a new experience, a good degree, pressure, richness in taste, this is good, plus, but to say what I liked, got out to my top - I will not say ...

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