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Ardnamurchan 2014/2015 AD/09.20:01

Overall rating
84.64/100
votes
454
Whiskybase ID
WB165871
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Inaugural Release - Batch 1
Vintage
2014/2015
Bottled
22.09.2020
Calculated age
05 years old
Casktype
65% Bourbon & 35% Sherry Casks (PX & Oloroso)
Number of bottles
15978
Strength
46.8 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5060383651256
Added on
21 sep 2020 8:49 pm by Thomas75
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 228.27

82 × in wishlist

454 × member ratings

2313 × in collection

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

98 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.64 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. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  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.

  11. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  12. SAND scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND)
    NOSE: Sweet old wood notes, dried and some fresh tropical fruit notes, also some bitter/acidic berry notes as well. Overall a sweet, bourbony nose with nice concentration and some complexity. Later it develops in a nice earthy direction. (89p).
    TASTE: The arrival is sweet and oaky. On the mid palate sweet old wood notes, not much fruit. Quite viscous/oily and rather tasty. Sweetened mild tea, slightly earthy (dunnage waarehouse notes). (89p).
    FINISH: Earthy, some wood spice (87p).
    OVERALL: Initially a woody one, but less dry and spicy than it may sound like. But given enough time its earthy, richer and more interesting side came out, rewarding the patience. Total score 89 points.

  13. LDB scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Reminds me of Benromach 5yo, with a very special touch. Succeeded.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Spicy and refreshing, herbs, Williams Christ pears, quite appealing.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smooth, grainy, silky, with a note of sandalwood, very oily.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Pleasant and quite long.

  14. LordBellamy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    with water: I am always careful with such a young malt, the whisky often disintegrates when water is added. This one can absorb a few drops well, but doesn't really change. I would leave out the water

    Conclusion: For a first malt by a distillery very decent and above all independent. Great combination of coast (salt), herbs, sweetness and smoke - makes you want more, very promising.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Pear, orange peel, butter, vanilla, honey and also wax, ashy smoke, a lot of herbs, rosemary, thyme and juniper are the strongest, a nice salty component also comes through, in the interplay with hazelnut toffee and a few dried fruits, malt / Grain, but also some metallic youth
    • Taste
      84 84
      quite oily for a young age, first honey, a little toffee, then the smoke (no peat!) comes out, here too a herbal and salty touch
    • Finish
      82 82
      that is rather short, herbs, a few fruits, smoke, salty and the back light and subtle the dry oak with a little beeswax

  15. Astrid scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Not uninteresting, but other young distilleries have done better lately.
    • Nose
      78 78
      The light, fruity sweetness of the sherry barrels mixes with vanilla, melon and green banana, a little pear, then there is a change of scene to malty impressions, oily salt notes and dried banana chips, bread spices, smoke and smoked ham, oak aromas, cappuccino and croissant with a little yeast , metallic graphite
    • Taste
      75 75
      Sweetish malt with a light youthful spiciness, vanilla, light and one-dimensional smoke with a hint of ham, a little spicy oak, fatty and oily, fruity notes of sherry and firm blossom honey
    • Finish
      72 72
      grassy and young, again slightly metallic, clove spice, malt, smoke, slightly dry with woody notes, vanilla, minimal sherry influence, leaves no feelings of happiness

  16. whiskytornado scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  17. robain scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    • Nose
      82 82
      Pear and hay, not to complex.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Oak, vanillic and hay.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Oaky finish.

  18. rdk88 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. rdk88 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Simple but not a bad profile at all.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Quite sweet - candy sweetness, with some orchard fruits, sugar, honey. Smoke, heather, wax.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Peppery and oily. Vanilla, subtle smoke, honey, persimmons, pears, grapes.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Quite heathery with smoke, honey, sweet malt, pears, grapes. Some wax reappears. Short.

  21. butt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  22. bankimate scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. The_Osprey scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Ardnamurchan AD/09.20:01, 46.8%.

    Sample at home, Nov 2021.

    Pale golden yellow.

    Aroma is musty wood, limestone, lemongrass or dried lime in the background, powdered stone, salty, silica, pebbles, dusty.

    Doesn’t smell immature but not loads of character coming through from either the spirit or cask.

    Taste is soft, nice and clean, salty but not spiky at all. Again it’s flinty and minerally. Just the very lightest hints of rhubarb.

    Drinks nicely at the abv. Good clean spirit if not very characterful. Some smoke comes through on the swallow. Doesn’t taste young. I’m enjoying this one but it’s quite subtle 3.45/82

  24. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    First ardnamurchan for me and it doesnt dissappoint. Of course we are talking about a young whisky. It is balanced and I really do like the profile. Interested in a older one might turn out.

  25. hzs275 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  26. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  27. peatandbarley scored this whisky 66 points Expert Junior

    Impressively mature given it's such a young (NAS) whisky.

  28. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Fresh, clean, liquid honey, pepper, light peat, medium length. Good stuff!

    A whisky to savour on my own, in some quietness, as I contemplate the quality of life, that we all get, from these better malt moments.

  29. olddirtyfighter scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. stashdong scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    first ob bottling from this young distillery
    • Nose
      86 86
      smoke, honey, creamy, a tiny bit of floral
    • Taste
      85 85
      very watery, light floral, citrus
    • Finish
      84 84
      short

  31. TimkoT scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  32. Gråmantel scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Yes, it's young but you can tell it's quality and it's a good session dram. I was lucky to have brought this quite cheap when it was first released here in Sweden (Systembolaget) and I did so out of curiosity since I had not tried any Ardnamurchan before. For a young spirit it's very well balanced, there have been some skilful blending here, engaging and enjoyable.

  33. Falang scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    65% bourbon and 35% PX - great combination! The sweetness and the smoke / charcoal are a good match. The complexity is incredible for such a young dram: combo of red wine, stable, seaweed, lactic aromas and even grass and pineapple! I'm a fan :-)
    • Nose
      81 81
      Smoke, red wine, stable-smell (animal and hay'ish), turf. There is seaweed too and also a very hint lactic layer in the nose.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is compact at first that starts with a sweet tone combined with solvents, hint of grass and again some hidden lactic elements. The mouth slowly dries out while drinking. And then some pineapple seems to enter. Dries out even a bit more... Very nice. At the end there is a touch of salted peanut and something yeasty. Smoke again but balanced and even a bit hidden.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Slow finish with figs and a distinct touch of olives. Smoke transforms into charcoal. Not bad!

  34. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  35. Dutchdram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      immediately a hint of smoke. This makes place for a sweet note of vanilla. Some oak and bark followed by soil and leafs. Notes like roses and seaweed. At the end malt and bitter macarons.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Starting quite sweet with notes of vanilla, honey and fruity toffees. Some fruits take over like orchard fruits and coconuts. A note of oak and barley, which makes place for ginger and cloves.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long. It stays sweet with notes like vanilla and honey. Oak and a little bit of ginger.

  36. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  37. Holzwurm scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  38. MarcinCh scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A lot of floral aromas. Clear flowers, but also honey sweetness. Heathers? Floral and floral aromas clearly predominate. Now there is a little sweet bubble in the background. Maybe traces of fruit. Ripe fruit. Quite comprehensive and balanced. A little young distillate smells.
    • Taste
      Here the smoke is felt first, but right before a lot of honey sweetness. Then some flowers. Salt. A bit of oak bitterness, but still interspersed with honey sweetness. There are spices.
    • Finish
      A little spicy at first, spices. Then smoke, sweetness, still honey. There is some caramel on it. Maybe light flowers, but already in the background. Traces of fruit. Medium length.

  39. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    young but good. A little "dirtier" in the mouth than in the nose
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  40. karloff scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    This was my first Ardnamurchan and thanks to Peatbogger for the sample and Slainte Mhath for sharing.
    If I can pick a bottle up for a decent price I most certainly will but by the sounds of it I will be lucky
    • Nose
      87 87
      This reminds me of an Irish whisky, passion fruit and fresh bread dough.
      I like this straight away.
      Old batteries, loganberry, blackberry, a herb like oregano, yes fresh oregano leaf.
      This is a strange one, the longer you nose it, it dips and then comes straight back at you then dips again. Strange and different.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Again I instantly like it from the first sip.
      Lots going on for such a young age.
      That bread dough is now out of the oven and there is butter and raspberry jam on a slice.
      Smooth delivery with minimal spice.
      There is some bitterness but it works.
      Some floral notes as well.
    • Finish
      88 88
      A medium finish and it stays together until the death. I take my hat off.

  41. rdk88 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  42. smoked_herring scored this whisky 68 points Member Senior

    This is Ardnamurchan's first widely release single malt whisky. The Ardnamurchan team spent 2 weeks locked in the warehouse to select casks to use for this release and had some consultations from spirits writers Charles Maclean and Dave Broom. It is an evenly split vatting of unpeated and peated whiskies, taken from 35 casks total, aged for at least 5 years and is a vatting of 65% bourbon and 35% sherry casks. The peated component is peated to 30ppm of phenol and the final product gets around the 18ppm of phenol range.

    Color: Light Gold

    Nose: Very soft peat to start, lots of lemon peel, light honeydew, icing sugar, light white pepper, apple juice, yellow raisins, salted caramels and pear skins

    Taste: Very bready at first, almost whole wheat toast flavoured, then some barley sugars, caramel, black tea, white pepper, strawberries, waxy lemon peel, cherries and faint herbaceous notes

    Finish: Medium with sea salt, herbs, smoked pork tenderloin, apple chips and burnt caramel

    The nose on this is quite good and has a lot of nice light sweet flavours and fruitiness tamed with the pepperiness. However the palate feels a bit weaker with a clear herbaceous note that continues onto the finish that sours the experience for me and just screams "not ready." Overall, for a 5 year old its approaching somewhere potentially good with some nice Clynelish-esqe waxiness but this definitely needs a lot more time to round out the herbaceous/swampy notes which I'd imagine more recent distillate has improved on and will hopefully further improve on with moves to local maltings, new barley varietals, new yeast varieties and local peat usage. Very excited to see how their house vatting tastes at 10 years!

    Also I should add, this is not even close to being worth 100+ euros, so if you're considering buying a bottle on the secondary to drink then don't waste your time. Take a trip to the distillery and try their wares instead!

    Shame on the hoarders once again who post 90+ scores and have closed bottles in inventory!

  43. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  44. Bene37 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    waxy, shoe wax, bread, a light sea breeze, some citrus, floral, vanilla, light smoke, slightly greasy

    Palate:
    chewy and full, waxy, floral, bread, some vanilla, slightly citrus, slightly smoky, slightly brackish

    Departure:
    medium-long and warm, sea breeze, some smoke, slightly citrus, slightly waxy, slightly metallic

    Conclusion:
    finely made, very well balanced and with quite a few notes. The sherry barrels add something nice here, without displacing or crushing other notes. Waxy, light smoke and a certain extra that I can hardly describe - has something. In the finish, however, the young age is noticeable in metallic terms.
    I don't need a whole bottle of it. Personally, the issue price (50 €) is already a bit higher at this age, but with the 140 currently required in the base, I really don't do it anymore ...

  45. wncvirus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Flowers light peat a little sweetness.
    Taste: Fresh fruit with the addition of honey from the first sip. Not very complex in taste. Alcohol hidden well. Light peat appears anywhere and everywhere on the tongue.
    Rating: 84 | 100 Medium-long finish with smoky accents. I was convinced it would be another staple whisky with a repulsive alcohol flavor. And here I am pleasantly surprised. hidden alcohol and something is happening on the tongue.

  46. K C Wong scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  47. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Let me put it this way, the potential of the distillate is certainly there and I am looking forward to older bottlings.

  48. Thoma scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  49. lovernanako scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    The dram that’ll always reminds me of 2020. what a year!

  50. mer1973 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  51. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Part of an online tasting. First ardna I’ve encountered so far.
    • Nose
      Young and fruity. Not unpleasant but also not a big treat or so. Quite some wood influence and spices. Rather straight forward with fresh apple beeswax, vanilla and such. There is some nuttiness.
    • Taste
      On the taste it appears to be quite a bit older, around 10 years I’d say. Good balance but also again here it’s rather straight forward with usual bourbon suspects. I do not get that much sherry influence on the taste actually.
    • Finish
      Medium length, waxy and fruity with Young pineapple and lychees.

      All together it is pleasant. And I am more curious to what the future brings for this new distillery. But certainly not worth the ridiculous prices shown here on the market. Completely nuts since the release price was under 50 bucks.

  52. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    22 21 21 22 86

    nose, - gorgeous, straight age, where from ?, spring freshness, lowland style, flowers, grass, delicious, 5 years old? great release, keep it up!

  53. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  54. Cipidos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
      a little peppery, lightly smoked, raisins and some chocolate (from the sherry), a little fruity
    • Finish
      86 86

  55. rpvdwel scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  56. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      First a slight smoky note. which relatively quickly fades into the background. Nice sweetness (honey, cotton candy, caramel), strawberries
    • Taste
      78 78
      The smoke aromas are in the foreground, behind that musty sherry sweetness, cloves, citrus notes, milk chocolate
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium length, milk chocolate stays, the smoke disappears very quickly

  57. KSC711 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  58. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  59. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    yes, it pleases, it has potential - you can look forward to the older bottlings
    the smoke is completely OK and gives character
    almost palatable, but I wouldn't buy a bottle
    Little of the sherry gets through
    • Nose
      Sweet, slightly banana, young malt, slightly vanilla, minimal smoke, later slightly grassy and cheesy
    • Taste
      strong and round on the palate
      spicy becomes stronger, the alcohol is not so well integrated, dark chocolate ~ 50%, herbs, later slightly sherry, a little smoky
    • Finish
      medium long
      Oak, spicy, minimal smoke, earthy, becomes tart, tingling, light milk chocolate

  60. Tordeaux scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  61. MikerG2k scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  62. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  63. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  64. mothers_finest scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    In any case better than I would have expected for such a young part in barrel strength ...

    Well done ... you can certainly expect something ...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  65. Ed Radour scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  66. DerDennis! scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  67. Gery_80 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  68. Glen Valley scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Very soft, mild, already very complex, fruity-sweet single malt. What a start for a new distillery!
    For the "young whisky" category, which still had little time for subtractive maturation, certainly over 90 points.
    And yet: in spite of the young age already a mature personality.
    • Nose
      Sweet oiliness, vanilla, clearly the sweetness in the foreground, pleasant spicy aroma, slightly fruity, alcohol very nicely integrated.
      After having it in the mouth, the smell waning.
    • Taste
      Very mild start, round, pleasant taste, liquorice, vanilla comes through, sweet and oily. After a while in the mouth, the barrel is added, not bitter oak spiciness becomes noticeable.
    • Finish
      The oiliness remains astonishingly long for its age. Slight peppery notes come through. The sweet and fruity remains stronger than the spiciness. Fresh and mentholy.

  69. MacArthur scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    For such a young single malt, this one is pretty complex with its 35% PX barrels

  70. KonstUA scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21.5, taste 21, finish 20.5, balance 21

  71. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
      IT: 86
      B: 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  72. Squinugie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  73. Dutch-Psycho scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    For this Price an Awesome drink. Promises a lot of good for the future releases!

  74. ConvalRen scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  75. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  76. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  77. Whiskyhunter1 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delicious nose with lots of fruit and a long finish

  78. WLUO scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  79. IIIZIII scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    2020.11.21
    • Nose
      Very honeyed, lots of heather, very sweet peat, white/yellow fruits. A hint of grass. It has a vegetal side behind the wall of honey. Light acacia, not that deep forest honey of course. With water a slight hint of milk chocolate creeps in. And with even more water and time, that strawberry finally hit me.
    • Taste
      Very easygoing peat on first contact. Honeyed, aromatic. Tastes much more like a 10 year old or something along those lines. A good amount of fruit is present here as well, along with the peat. Well balanced.
    • Finish
      Pretty solid for the aga, but nothing outstanding of course.

  80. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Successful debut with some weaknesses of the youth. Makes you want to taste older malts from the distillery.
    • Nose
      Sweet, clear peat smoke, light fruit, vanilla, a slightly mineral note, but also a light youthful note, the raspberry of the New Make is also there. Still nice, youthful nose.
    • Taste
      Soft, peat smoke, fruit, with time a little youthful restless, salty gasps.
    • Finish
      Sweet, fruity, peaty, vanilla, rather short.

  81. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  82. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    53 casks

    Another first release from a new distillery, always something to look forward to. In this case, Ardnamurchan actually waited until their whisky was five years old. This is a vatting of 53 casks: 65% former bourbon casks and 35% sherry casks, both oloroso and PX.

    A very herbal nose on lots of green garden herbs like thyme and rosemary, but also juicy pears with a surprisingly salty element. I absolutely cannot hide it’s young age, but does not have to of course. Leave it to breath, though, it can really use some air. It then becomes pleasantly sweet on vanilla and apple sauce.

    Nicely oily with lots of honey and a grand dose of woodsmoke. The green elements and the salt return. Surprisingly maritime in fact. And quite waxy for such a young age. I quite like this (much more than I do the nose).

    The finish is very short, sweet and peppery at the same time, with a drying terminus.

    Nice first release, to be sure, but unfortunately very hard to find. The bottle flippers move faster every time. Luckily I was able to get a bottle through my buddy Manny at the original price of 65 EUR.

  83. captain_k scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Young, fresh, lets hope for more!

  84. dcsicsak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet and sour. Malty, yeast, fermented wash, cardboard are the primary aromas. The complexity coming in the background: Salt, seafood, vanilla, some ashy, charcoal, and some sweet fruit, vanilla.
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80
      This is where the young age can be recognize: Not the length, but the bitter, metallic and dry aftertaste which - I think - comes from the distillate.

  85. Hvdree scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  86. Falnor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  87. stefsel111 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  88. Wolf68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  89. bikenerd scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    fine, clean, metallic

    I understand the hype regarding the potential of this whisky but it is not yet there. Let´s get back to this in a few years.

  90. Maltman59 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The nose is interesting.
    The rest of them are relatively unbalanced and weird.
    Too much pepper and tart herbs for me in the mouth and afterwards.
    I am just thinking that the spirits were better than the first malt.
    Perhaps that is also due to the choice of barrel.
    But I already think that there will be better ones for my taste profile.
    Painting friends who like herbal bottlings will find it better.
    • Nose
      85 85
      First let the malt breathe in the snifter for half an hour.
      Fresh and sweet, a mild, sour aroma is added.
      Removed something like cold cigar smoke.
      Orange peel, pear peel.
      Juniper, herbs like thyme and maybe very weak dill.
      Not an everyday composition, not my taste, but interesting.
    • Taste
      82 82
      A very weak peaty-earthy appearance appears.
      Pepper.
      Herbs of the tart variety and spicy honey.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long, peppery with a bitter flavor.

  91. OJK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Buttery, coastal, nice oily balance with some apple and pear coming through, some slight jagged edges but overall a nicely characterful dram.

  92. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not bad at all, nice balance

  93. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  94. Deloti scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Drinkable and overpriced
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  95. Youngone scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruity, floral, hint of smoke, wax
    • Taste
      85 85
      Greasy, honey, again fruity and a subtle hint of peat
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fruity with smoke lingers. Greasy in the mouth with a small short bitter note. Medium finish.
      Beautiful dram with different layers!

  96. Hirschhof did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Fifteen thousand nine hundred and fifty bottles.
    don`t panic ...

  97. RayBerk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Honey, fruit and herbs have a balanced trace of smoke. Slightly oily / greasy in the mouth, sticks nicely to the palate. Well balanced with a medium finish.

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