Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ex-Bourbon Barrel
59.2 % Vol.
50 ml
Bottled for
Tasting Set
Added on
27 Sep 2020 12:20 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 14.50

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Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan 2015

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.38 points

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This sample is a great demonstration of what the peaty spirit in combination with an ex-bourbon barrel will taste like. The nose is very promising. It's still a bit green, but will certainly develop further so the fruit will get more expressive.
    The peat is most noticeable in the taste and again, with time it's power will be tamed a bit.
    The finish is the most obvious sign of youth, as it's rather fiery. Some extra years will probably result in more balance here.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is mildly peaty, and rather green. The peat is damp, saline and mossy but it doesn't overpower. Then there is menthol, green apple, grass, green banana, green melon. Then there is lemon, honey, and a start of a vanilla creaminess.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Full-bodied, rather coating and a tad less complex than on the nose. The peat is more pronounced, again with a damp, mossy and briny touch. Also it reminds of plaster and bicycle tube. Gradually it develops on honey, icing sugar, green and red apple, and green banana. Gets spicier towards the finale.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Moderate, quite hot on chili pepper and ginger. They tame the peat, which is much more subdued now. It is complemented by lemon juice and some menthol again.

  2. SAND did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ardnamurchan online tasting 01.12.2020 w/Graeme Mackay.
    #3 AD/CK.371-30/07/15, single bourbon cask, peated, cask strength 59.2% ABV.
    NOSE: Moderate dry peat and wood smoke, takes some time to open up. Dry hay, mild farmyard funk, even a slight "Springbankiness".
    TASTE: The arrival is semi sweet and mildly peated. On the mid palate black pepper & wood tannin,
    EXIT: Medium sweet, some pepper. This is where its young age becomes noticeable.

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


    Here is another single cask sample that will not be released as such, but is meant to show the house style. This is an ex-bourbon cask that was filled with Ardnamurchan’s peaty spirit.

    The nose certainly shows some peat, but all in good measure for the top notes here are white fruit and grapefruit, honey with a hint of potato skins (no off note!). After breathing some Granny Smith kicks in, as does some icing sugar and green garden herbs. Thyme and rosemary (which I also had with the inaugural release). Quite young, clearly. Very lively.

    Very quaffable despite the high ABV. Sweet on apples and pears, vanilla, honey and then some sea salt and smoke. The green herbs return, joined by some pepper.

    The finish is medium long, very sweet and peppery. At the death the herbs come around once more and leave your mouth fairly dry.

    Very interesting, but I do seem to prefer the unpeated malts.

  4. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  5. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
      IT: 86
      B: 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. IIIZIII scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Nicely peated, malty, very little campfire smoke. If I really dig in, I can find that acacia honey here as well. Butteres biscuits. With time and 3 drops of water, it appears to be a well balanced, sweet, luscious, lightly peated dram.
    • Taste
      Very intense and surprisingly sweet peat, fresh, crispy fruits, and in the same time, it is drinkable at close 60% and 5 years old. On the palate of course a sharp edge is there, all the way up to the finish, but it does not ruin anything.
    • Finish
      The finish is quiet mild

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Very promising, this will be very good in a few years' times.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Pear, vanilla, dough, lime and a whiff of smoke.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Apple, vanilla, peat and pastry. Water is not beneficial, it's still too immature to handle that very well.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Vanilla cookie, peat and apple.

  8. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky, great balance between peat, smoke, sweetness. Strong and powerful, with a very versatile nose. Really great stuff, can't wait for a official bottling of this.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Some subtle peat, sweet smoke, some grassy notes, hay, farmy. Minerals, honey sweetness as well. Hardly any alcohol, which is pretty remarkable for such a high Abv. Then some citrus with a hint of tobacco smoke. Then nutty and chocolate, caramel. Very versatile.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong, pepper, sweet smoke, farmy, grassy, hay. Some chocolate, cheese as well. Some caramel, honey. A bit drying.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pretty smooth now, full bodied, sweet smoke, tobacco, honey, some orange. Long finish. Drying mouthfeel. Some candy-like sweetness now.


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