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Overall rating
84.81/100
votes
305
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
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
Label
Inaugural Release - Batch 1
Barcode
5060383651256
Added on
21 Sep 2020 8:49 pm by Thomas75
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 244.44

86 × in wishlist

305 × member ratings

1828 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan AD 09.20:01

63 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.81 points

  1. captain_k scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Again shitty what's going on in terms of price ... Luckily there are local dealers who stick to the issue price. 49.95 € Support your local dealer !!! Ignore those who can't get enough of it!

  2. HarryBG did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Issue price on October 23, 2020 in Germany: € 49.95

  3. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Issue price on October 6, 2020: GBP 44.95

    (e.g. www.royalmilewhiskies.com/ardnamurchan-ad-09-20-01-single-malt-46-8-70cl/)

  4. robbert88 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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.

  5. 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

  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. 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.

  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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