Ardnamurchan 2014/2015 AD/09.20:01

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Inaugural Release - Batch 1
Calculated age
05 years old
65% Bourbon & 35% Sherry Casks (PX & Oloroso)
Number of bottles
46.8 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
21 Sep 2020 8:49 pm by Thomas75

Average value

€ 244.29

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Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan 2014/2015 AD/09.20:01

75 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.77 points

  1. robbert88 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    For such an age already very well balanced. Certainly something with potential! Here and there you can still taste that it is a bit young. But that doesn't matter because it is a delicious whisky to simply enjoy.
    • Nose
      Greasy wax, honey, very subtle smoky, a bit of rose petals, vanilla and something that reminds me of stone fruit but I can't tell what it is exactly.
    • Taste
      Fat oil, pepper, cloves, honey, a little peat and some salty. Yet also a small sweet taste in it, which is reminiscent of fruit, but it is still difficult to name the exact fruits in this young whisky.
    • Finish
      Greasy mouthfeel but a dry finish. Salty. Stinging on the tongue. Here the wax comes back from the nose together with pepper and honey. The aftertaste fades away quite quickly. The soft smoky stays the longest.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I like the balance, sherry integrates perfectly and is not used as make-up, I am positively surprised by the profile - the composition has its own style
    • Nose
      88 88
      with a drop of water, floral sweet, ashy smoke, reminds me of young Talisker, then strawberries, very pleasing and round for its age, vanilla and light wood notes, a little lemon
    • Taste
      87 87
      Resin, ash, smoke, a great sweetness and light sherry aromas combine to form an interesting, pulsating mixture, mildly balanced
    • Finish
      85 85
      Chilicatch, nice and warm, vanilla, lemon

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It's the balance that stands out to me. This almost exactly fits into the flavour profile Ardnamurchan has been advertising since they opened.
    • Nose
      There's subtle notes of seaweed, honey and a slight minerality. The peat influence is like an extremely dialed down version of the herbacious, sauerkraut-y peat I associate with Ledaig. Some soft orchard fruits, as well as flax hemp rope. Quite rich and certainly intriguing.
    • Taste
      Oily with charred peanut skins and gentle, earthy smoke, as well as a subtle salinity and green olives. A whisper of damp oak and honey too.
    • Finish
      A touch of charcoal, some and salt with a sweet finale.

  4. Andara scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Quite enjoyable, easy to drink moderately peated malt. Could have been really nice if it would not have been reduced to 46.8%

    For 49€ a justifiable bottle but do not buy it for 70+

    Quite pleasing and looking forward to the next years!

  5. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A young guy, still rowdy, but already showing very nice approaches of maturity and balance.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fresh and malty, underlaid with herbs. Apple wedges, peppered with cloves. Fresh cut grass, hay. Pear compote with a pinch of nutmeg.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Malty and chocolaty on the tongue. Slightly oily. Toffee, caramel, chocolate lentils. Mild herb mix. Green apple, boiled pear. Almonds, hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Not surprisingly a relatively short finish. Nut nougat chocolate, almonds, honey, malt. A slight note of menthol remains on the tongue.

  6. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Super Administrator

    Greed knows no bounds, and bottle flippers are an annoyance for every whisky drinker when it comes to inaugural releases. At 5 years of age, the nose of this Ardnamurchan has a lot to offer. Stone fruits, thyme and whiffs of smoke mingle with brine, juniper and muesli. On the palate, peat smoke and spices arrive hand in hand, followed by raspberries, peppermint and distinct sherry notes. It is surprisingly complex and quite oily. Dark chocolate, wood smoke and minty freshness migrate into the mineral and mildly bitter finish. A malt to sip, not to flip!

    RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. peatbogger scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Thanks to Slàinte Mhath for a generous sample.
    A very good inaugural.
    But is it good enough to hoard? I see a lot of people with 5-10 or even 15 bottles.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet, grassy, floral.
      The sherry doesn't appear until you start to search for it, then it's in the form of slightly sour sherry cask wood.
      Apple crumble. Honey. Grapefruit.
      With water it smells sweeter and actually more balanced.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very civilised arrival. Yellow fruit and honey covered cereal develops. After a while there's some light gentle spice.
      Water was positive for the nose, but it really doesn't do anything for me on the taste, if anything maybe it brings out a slight hint of smoke at the end.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweet, a little short of medium.

  8. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A lovely first single malt from Ardnamurchan. Especially the nose is great as it changes all rather quickly and I’m picking up new notes by every smell. The palate is somewhat less complex compared to the nose, but nevertheless still quite tasty. The finish, however, stays a bit behind as it is quite short. But all in all a very enjoyable first single malt from Ardnamurchan.
    • Nose
      A whiff of peat and pears at first. Warm apple pie and caramel fudge. Red fruits, such as red berries and raspberries. Strawberries too, but more like a strawberry chewing gum. Honey and apple juice. It’s also grassy at some points, but more hay-like.
    • Taste
      Acacia honey and plenty of it. A hint of peat. Vanilla and caramel fudge, but also milk chocolate. Pears. Somewhat waxy and a hint of salt. Apple juice. Followed by white pepper.
    • Finish
      Short and a little bit dry. A metallic note, white pepper and apple juice again.

  9. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    What can I say, my expectations were disappointed at first. But if I think about it any longer, I honestly have to ask myself what I am comparing it to. The first 4 releases came in cask strength from mostly 1st fill sherry casks. So a comparison is hardly possible here, rather the spirit comes into play here much more.
    It is never out of round or unpleasant, it has its coastal character and does not adapt to the general easy drinking mainstream.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Intense, with a strong lemon and vanilla. Melon, cereals and cotton candy.
      There is also a bitter and slightly metallic nuance that I attribute to youth.
      Bread dough, floral notes are added and the peat also shows up increasingly, combined with a pleasant sweetness.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Now he has a lot more smoke. The first impression is milder than expected. The sweetness from the nose fades into the background, dry, ashy flavors take over. Granny Smith apple, lemon peel, green tea.
      Here you can tell your young age most clearly, there is a lack of mouth-filling aromas.

      After about 10 minutes in the glass and with a large sip, it becomes sweeter again, there are hints of butterscotch and light caramel. That makes a big difference.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, dry, green branches, tea leaves, salty

  10. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, pleasant. Lemons, green apples, distant smoke. Wet earth, reeds. Grass, garden herbs, hay flowers, clover.
    • Taste
      Grilled lemon and some black pepper. White chocolate, chopped almonds. A trace of smoke.


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