Ardnamurchan 2015

Overall rating
85.75/100
votes
57
Whiskybase ID
WB166234
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
16.10.2015
Bottled
2020
Casktype
Ex-Oloroso Hogshead
Casknumber
670
Strength
59.5 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Bottled for
Tasting Sets
Added on
27 sep 2020 12:19 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 54.77

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Whisky reviews for Ardnamurchan 2015

21 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.75 points.

  1. ailean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  2. BlueFire scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Varnish, hot, deep heat, menthol.

  3. 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.

  4. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/173216/ardnamurchan-2015

  9. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. martin_m scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    nose: rosemary, thyme, heater, honey, caramel. peat/earth, smoke. some salt

    Taste: sweet, round, some alcohol (great for the age) herbs, honey/ heater, white pepper, dried bitter orange zest.

    Finish: honey, earth/peat, white pepper, orange peel,ripe plum,

  11. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
      IT: 87
      B: 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. 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.

  13. IIIZIII scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    2020.11.22
    • Nose
      Funky, moldy, dunnage-like sherry on first contact. It is like the ex-champagne in a sense that it airs out very fast and shows more and more red fruity and chocolate notes. Sour cherries with bitter cocoa dust, great stuff!
      Honestly, do not really feel any peat here, or maybe the slightest hint that contributes greatly.
    • Taste
      Yes, the peat shows here, but in a chocolaty way, even a little honeyed. The cherry compote is here as well. It drinks even easier neat than the other two CSs.
    • Finish
      Quiet complex for the age, especially with those sour/bitter notes.

  14. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Cherry, rosehip, blueberry, mocha, peat, gingerbread and caramel.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Incense! Cherry, peat and tonic.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Blueberry, peat, caramel, gingerbread and apple.

  15. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Tabasco

    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.

  16. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  17. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great stuff, nice combination of some red fruits, prunes, with chocolate, and smoke, tobacco. Very full bodied.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very fruity, red fruits dominate (prunes) with a subtle smoky and peaty edge. Bonfire smoke with a sour edge. Picky, pepper.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pretty smooth actually for the Abv, then suddenly alcohol kicks in, powerful. Red fruits, prunes, chocolate, sweet smoke, thick structure. Honey sweetness as well.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very smooth now, thick, smoky, dark chocolate, red fruits, prunes. Honey. Tobacco. Long finish.

  19. whiskytornado scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Wolf68 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  21. LordBellamy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    with water: it tolerates water well, vanilla is added, it becomes softer and more pleasant, almost creamy

    Conclusion: great barrel, and a good combination of herbs, Olo-Sherry and smoke, and with water it becomes nice and round. Only the Tabasco taste is too strong for me
    • Nose
      Caramel and toffee, cappuccino, nice smoke with a little peat, cloves, tobacco notes, chilli heat due to the not perfectly integrated alcohol, plus strong herbal notes (thyme) and subtle salty caramel
    • Taste
      Sherry, dried fruits, thyme, Tabasco, smoke
    • Finish
      medium, smoke, herbs, sherry sweetness, tobacco, cloves, wood

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