Ardnamurchan 2015

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.49 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. BlueFire scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Funky, burnt hay, smoky cheese, soot.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  7. smoked_herring scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Tasted during an online masterclass with sales director Connal Mackenzie. The peated spirit from Ardnamurchan was consulted on with Dr. Jim Swan and Kilchoman's Anthony Wills to make sure they knew what NOT to do with their peated spirit. Thus this is peated to 30ppm of phenol and is fermented for 78 hours with 1 yeast strain (assuming standard distillers yeast) and then matured in bourbon for 5 years.

    Color: Light Gold

    Nose: Wow this punches with peat! Lots of mesquite wood, brown sugar, rock salts, sweet honey buns, allspice, fresh ginger, cherry paste and black tea

    Taste: Soft at first and then builds up with some mustardseed, brown sugar, spicy cinnamon hearts, apple jelly, smoked pork, peppercorns, black tea, lemon peel, sponge cake and blanched almonds

    Finish: Medium with smoky parmesan, smoked shellfish, tea leaves and Honeycomb cereal

    Definitely the best of the bunch so far. There's some clear cut peat but its very well integrated, especially on the nose, with some pure salts, grain sugars, pastry bread and then big mustardseed notes on the palate with some sponge cake and almonds with a shellfish forward finish with honey cereal and smoky cheese that makes for a very complete dram. This is young and it shows, but I already really enjoy this stuff and I'm excited to see how this will taste at 10 years old!

  8. DocF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Color: Pale Straw. Nose: vanilla, salt, spray, smoke almost non-existent. Ventilate: tree sap, green apples. Delicious up to here. With water: less vanilla, all the wild outside notes of the 25yo Talisker special releases, freshly weed weeds, acacia honey. Mouth: Something about the Chinese, then briefly ash, later identical to the nose with a little more smoke. Sooty fire, spray, undergrowth, acacia honey, resin. Finish: Medium length, a lot of resin, a lot of soot, no ashtray.

    Incredibly good, the already good 5yo with less young grades, to mess a 15-year-old one has to put in a lot of stuff. Talisker minor - I'm almost willing to pull out more than 88.

  9. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  10. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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


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