Ardnamurchan 2015

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Ex-Oloroso Hogshead
59.5 % Vol.
50 ml
Bottled for
Tasting Sets
Added on
27 Sep 2020 12:19 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 89.90

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Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan 2015

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.77 points

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This is a whisky in development. To me, it's on the harsh side (apart from the nose). I am not certain if it is the youth or the cask influence. I hope for the former, because if it's the latter, the whisky would be over the top already. But that's why I like second fill casks.

    What you get is an oloroso-driven dram on the nose, which turns into a fiery and ashy monster in the finale.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is cask driven, and the peated spirit is hardly noticieable. The notes which you could expect from an oloroso cask are there. Milk chocolate with raisin, almond, prune, coffee and tobacco leaf. All in all it's quite friendly with a slight musty note.
      After a while, the peat shines through, with a mossy and slightly meaty note. It gets a notch nuttier too, with peanut.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Full-bodied, coating with both sweet notes (glycol) and some acidity. There is mossy peat, balsamic vinegar, rum-soaked raisins, milk chocolate, caramel, peanut, plastic and a hint of prune. Towards the finish, the wood and chili pepper kick in.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Moderate, getting thinner and rather hot on pepper, ginger and clove. There is also an ashy note, and ground coffee.

  2. SAND did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ardnamurchan online tasting 01.12.2020 w/Graeme Mackay.
    #4 AD/CK.670-16/10/15, single ex-oloroso hogshead, peated, cask strength 59.5% ABV.
    NOSE: Creamy (egg custard), a bit meaty, eucalyptus & menthol, hot peppers. Again it takes time to open up. The peat is playing 2nd violin.
    TASTE: The arrival is slightly sweet and meaty. On the mid palate it becomes drier, with a slight sulphur note and some black pepper.
    EXIT: Medium sweet, quite a bit of black pepper. This is where its young age becomes noticeable.

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    Cask 670 was also put to sleep with peated spirit, but this is a former oloroso cask, which the color clearly confirms. And the difference with the ex-bourbon cask could not be bigger.

    On the nose I get some typical sherry notes: plums, dates and caramel, but also the typical green herbs like thyme and rosemary – although these are clearly overpowered by notes of coffee, tiger balm, cloves, chili peppers, a drop of balsamic vinegar and a bonfire on the beach. Gravy and candied syrup after a few moments.

    Dark and sweet, sturdy and a bit dirty on the palate. Tobacco, cloves, plums, tabasco! But also a tad alcoholic.

    Long finish on smoke, green herbs and chewing tobacco.

    This clearly has potential but needs some added sweetness. Having said that: quite impressive for such a young whisky.

  4. BlueFire scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Varnish, hot, deep heat, menthol.

  5. the_muskox scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Way to start off your distillery with a bang! This is a very tasty and characterful young whisky. I have no idea how much of that character is from the spirit as opposed to the peat or the sherry cask, but that’s sort of a moot point, I think. I like the style of the peat – it’s certainly not an Islay, but it’s got nice meaty notes, plays well with the sherry cask, and is definitely a little on the medicinal for a peated Highland. It’s not the most complex peated/sherried dram in the world, but it also doesn’t taste anywhere near 4 years old. I’m very excited for Ardnamurchan’s future releases.
    • Nose
      Balanced between savoury smoke and spicy oloroso. Ginger ale floats, cherry pie, butter tarts, and chocolate pudding. Creamy fruit notes of banana cream pie, coconut yogurt, and rum-raisin ice cream. Savoury notes of seared steak and char-grilled peppers, and bit medicinal. Burning birch bark and amber maple syrup. A tiny hint of grassiness betrays the whisky’s youth.
    • Taste
      Moderate heat. Grilled peaches, orange oil, Dr. Pepper, and caramel apples on the arrival, followed by building peat and light herbs. The peat really comes in in the middle, with spiced barbequed meat, lightly ashy woodsmoke, old mossy logs, and a hint of dunnage. Sweet wood spice and vanilla, with cinnamon buns and brown sugar. Creamy and buttery on the back end.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, fresh, and spicy-sweet. More ginger ale floats, orangeade, chocolate-raspberry tart, and peach ice cream. Subtle savoury peat. Angostura bitters and Arnold Palmer.

  6. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    excellent for its age
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. DocF scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Color: Burnished. Nose: Relatively little smoke. Dried fruits, cooked pear, vanilla, soot, oregano. No sulfur (so far). Some cinnamon, baked apple, orange peel. With water: a lot of bitumen, wet earth, smoldering fire. After the first sip: tree sap, some seaweed. Mouth: Very ashy, the usual dried fruit scheme, some bitumen, carbonaceous horn and horse hair. Yeast. Finish: some yeast, resin, smoldering green branches, some dried fruit, bitumen.

    Delicious material, good sherry barrel, something basic.

  9. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist


  10. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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


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