Ardnamurchan 2014

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Paul Launois Champagne Finish
58.2 % Vol.
50 ml
Bottled for
Tasting Set
Added on
27 Sep 2020 12:21 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 22.48

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Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan 2014

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.28 points

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This whisky has potential. It seems that the character of the unpeated Ardnamurchan is that of a thick and solid base of malt, a little earth (which may be called dirty by some), and fresh fruit. Call it Longmorn on steroids (certainly no offense to Longmorn as I (also) like its lean and fruity character).

    What they have done is enhance this within an ex-Champagne cask of a producer that (as far as I could see) only uses Chardonnay grapes. This will certainly enhance the chalky side of the Ardnamurchan and also give extra attention to the lemon in the spirit.

    Where the combination of a bold spirit and lemon seems odd (lemon is often associated with light and crispy), this really works well. I am looking forward to what an extended time in such a cask would bring about.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose starts rather chalky on crayon an limestone. It's also a bit earthy (clay soil, which is probably called sulphury by some other reviewers). Although there is a solid layer of honeyed malt behind, it is quite fresh on lemon (zest, tonic with lemon, and curd). Next to that (but more distant) there is red apple, grape and lemon.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Full-bodied, rather sweet associated, with also nice acidity. All in all a quite robust feel, but pleasant. The spirit is very solid, with this honeyed cereal and slightly earthy character and seemingly quite some lemon. The maturation gives some sweetness and creaminess, and has enhanced this fresh fruity character with some extra minerality.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Quite long and intense finish, with great interplay between sweeter and acidic notes. A fruit salad with grapes, melon, together with lemon-tonic, banana-custard buns and a bit of spice.

  2. SAND did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ardnamurchan online tasting 01.12.2020 w/Graeme Mackay.
    #2 AD/CK.364-17/11/14, single cask, un-peated, cask strength 58.2% ABV. 5 years in a bourbon cask before 9 months in a Champagne cask.
    This was the first of 10 similar casks. The other 9 will be vatted and bottled in 2021.
    NOSE: Still sweet malt but richer and more intense (than AD/09.20:01). Also clearly vinous with notes similar to Fino sherry cask influence. Some green fruit salad, then preserved orange peel.
    TASTE: The arrival is quite rich, sliglty oily or waxy, then white pepper on the mid palate together with apples and a little lemon.
    EXIT: Lemon, lemon meringue, white and black pepper.

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Lime Merinque

    During an online tasting on 4th November with Graeme Mackay and Connal Mackenzie we were ensured that the next general release from Ardnamurchan is set for January 2021, but sooner than that we have a single cask to look forward to. But… it will not be this one. This cask sample was meant only to showcase the different possibilities from the distillery. This malt got a finish on a champagne cask from Paul Launois.

    Very creamy and honey-sweet nose on unripe banana, raspberries, blood orange, lime meringue, butter cake, cuberdons and a soft peppery note. You’ll be hard pressed to find any maritime notes in this one. The wine cask takes total control and it’s absolutely fine. Vanilla, cocoa powder and a pinch of pepper. This is delightful. Adding some water makes it quite candy-like which is equally good!

    Sturdy arrival to be honest. But wonderfully fruity and sweet on more of the same, but with added caramel. Nicely balanced with some tannins from the oak that offers up some bitterness. This one is quite the swimmer too.

    The finish is long, bittersweet and mildly drying.

    A liquid dessert. Should they bottle this (Graeme revealed that they have 9 more Paul Launois casks in the warehouse), then I’ll definitely get a bottle.

  4. BlueFire scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nice oily texture, bright fruits, lemon meringue, raspberry, cocoa, complex and well balanced, unique. Short finish.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  7. smoked_herring scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Tasted during an online masterclass with sales director Connal Mackenzie. This is an unpeated Ardnamurchan that aged in a bourbon barrel before a 1 year finish in a "Blanc de Blancs" cask sourced from la Maison Paul Lanois located in Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs.

    Color: Straw Gold

    Nose: Super waxy, almost pure beeswax, then some plaster, strawberry cheesecake, apple rind, lactose sugars, pure marzipan and light oiliness

    Taste: Soft and oily with building notes of ricotta cheese, marzipan, orange rind, almond oils, beeswax, cherries, lemon tarts, brown sugar, black peppercorns, herb butter and potent oak tannins

    Finish: Medium to Long with brown sugar, toasted almonds, Belgian ale yeastiness and banana chips

    This is easily the weirdest whisky I've had in a while, and it's good! The nose is a massive creamy dessert with nice oily coatings and the palate builds on that with citrus fruits, pepperiness and nuttiness that makes for a very unique profile! The tannins and spices, along with some lingering herbs kinda bring this down a bit but the uniqueness is enough for me to recommend it highly if you ever find a chance to try these casks

  8. DocF scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Color: Amontillado. Nose: malty, some mash, vanilla, and very sweet and fruity. Plum with powdered sugar, baked apple. With water: malt available, as usual powdered sugar, yeast dough. Mouth: With water: vanilla, yeast dough, mash, slightly grassy. Icing sugar, ripe pear, cooked with custard. Finish: Short and sweet.

    Yeah. He's not bad, but young and in no way special either; of the champagne thing, I hope the masterblenders only used it because it was there anyway ...

  9. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Taste
      IT: 86
      B: 87


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