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Overall rating
84.71/100
votes
33
Whiskybase ID
166233
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2014/2015
Bottled
2020
Calculated age
05 years old
Casktype
65% Bourbon & 35% Sherry Casks (PX & Oloroso)
Strength
46.8 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Added on
27 Sep 2020 12:18 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 14.50

8 × in wishlist

33 × member ratings

89 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan AD 09.20:01

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.71 points

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Certainly an interesting whisky that was added to the portfolio of official bottlings. Being only mildly smoky, it could be appealing to both peat lovers and the ones that like the more balanced whiskies.

    The only thing is that this whisky still lacks a bit of depth and balance. The nose is very promising and almost makes me think of the Campbeltown character. It has fruit, peat, minerality, despite its juvenile appearance. On the palate and finish, it doesn't convince as much. Initially fruity, it gets rather dry and less expressive. The longer you wait, the larger the effect.

    All in all it is very promising but I can't imagine that such a whisky stays the OB core range of this distillery after 5 years or so.

    Verdict: as a core range bottling it's very promising, but not yet a revulotion in the industry.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The nose is quite balanced if you allow some time in the glass. It has smoke, seaweed, limestone, cereal, even a bit of leaf, but also some lifting notes of pear, red apple and orange blossom. What might not appeal to everybody is a slightly yeasty note. As this whisky is not supposed to be ultra "clean" it is not disturbing to me.
    • Taste
      82 82
      A tad fresher than the nose suggests. Here, the influence of the part that was matured in bourbon speaks louder. The fruit is more pronounced now (besides the orchard fruit, also some lemon zest) and there is a hint of toasted coconut. There is still some limestone, wood, and spice (ginger). The peat is less noticeable now.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Gets a tad dry, which lingers together with some acidity (lemon zest), minerality (limestone) and a whiff of smoke.

  2. SAND did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ardnamurchan online tasting 01.12.2020 w/Graeme Mackay.
    #1 AD/09.20:01, semi-peated, 46.8% ABV.
    NOSE: Sweet malt, honey, a slight salty and coastal note. With more air it takes on heathery notes as well. Limestone and a light hint of smoke.
    TASTE: Youngish but rounded and quite nicely balanced. Some fruitiness but grainy rather than fruity.
    EXIT: Mild black pepperiness, fruity, medium long.

  3. DocF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color: White Wine. Nose: honey sweetness, some mash, freshly sawn hardwood, smoldering fire, some candle soot. Orange peel and spray - hammer. Undergrowth and fresh mountain water. Mouth: Sweet, a lot of candle soot, an incredible amount of beeswax, tree sap and propolis for 5 years. Malt, straw, some mash and dry earth. Smoldering campfire, spray. Finish: Not too long, summer honey, some beeswax, candle soot, smoldering campfire, and so on, ...

    Oh man, there would have been room for improvement in terms of notes, in terms of taste at 5 years old, the marriage of peated / unpeated did not really make an impression on me with my "bottle sample", here it was, older tasting schnapps at 5 years old Producing a barrel is probably not possible.

  4. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The taste is still immature but the nose proves that this is very promising spirit well on its way.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Pear, vanilla, peach and yeasty dough.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Apple, vanilla sugar, dough and smoke.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Vanilla sugar, apple and smoke.

  6. Willum scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very nice combination of fruitiness with a subtle touch of smoke. Pretty thick structure, smooth but certainly not weak. Very pleasant encounter with this new distillery.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Very fruity, citrus, ripe apple, some alcohol noticeable. Some orange, honey. Far away a hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Definately some more hints of smoke now, combined with fruitiness. More red fruits now, like raspberry and strawberry. Honey again, very smooth without being thin, to the contrary actualy, thick structure.
      Later on a bit more tingling mouthfeel, some pepper.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still very smooth yet warming, spicy, fruity, orange, light red fruits, a linger of smoke again. Licorice. A little bitter note underneath, orange zest.
      Pretty long, some tobacco remains.

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