Overall rating
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

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€ 14.50

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Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan 2015

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.29 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. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist


  5. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. 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,

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. IIIZIII scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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


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