Ardnamurchan 2014

Overall rating
85.35/100
votes
52
Whiskybase ID
WB166236
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
AD/CK.364
Vintage
17.11.2014
Bottled
2020
Casktype
Paul Launois Champagne Finish
Casknumber
364
Strength
58.2 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Bottled for
Tasting Set
Added on
27 sep 2020 12:21 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 18.49

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Whisky reviews for Ardnamurchan 2014

20 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.35 points.

  1. ailean scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  2. BlueFire scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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.

  8. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Taste
      IT: 86
      B: 87

  10. 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.

  11. IIIZIII scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2020.11.20
    • Nose
      A little sulphur-esk start, but not quiet the same that those sherried whiskies. Rather funky, ovverripe fruits.
      It airs out to the fresh fruity side, literally in a few minutes, in the glass.
      That fresh acacia honey is present here as well. With time and water, it gets very sweet.
    • Taste
      A ton of ripe fruits on the palate as well. Sweet figs, mostly. Very unique and definitely not overly brutal at all, despite the "age". A little plum, maybe even some umeshu vibe to it.
    • Finish
      Heavy fruitiness is lingering here.

  12. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      First rather dirty on sulphur. Caramel, blueberry, yeasty dough and tonic.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweeter, less sulphur. Blueberry, tonic, apple and hazelnut.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Blueberry, apple, almond, caramel and tonic.

  13. 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.

  14. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It starts off a little musty in the nose, but after some time fruitiness and sweetness take over. Nice full body, surprisingly smooth in the finish.
    Very pleasant dram for sure.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fruity, ripe fruits, banana, with a kind of musty note underneath. Earthy. Later on more citrussy notes. Then some chocolate comes in. Caramel as well.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pretty powerful, pepper, pretty intense. Sweetness now, honey, some orange. Thick structure. A bit mouthdrying now. Really growing in time. A bit of chocolate.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Very smooth now, but full bodied. Sweetness, some chocolate now, pretty long. thick again. More tobacco now, it sticks for quite some time. Also some banana peeps in now.

  16. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  17. Wolf68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. whiskytornado scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. LordBellamy scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    with water: the pepper cannot be brought under control with water, but like other young malts it does not collapse, it only works from about 40%, but then the taste is already quite thin

    Conclusion: very promising and a very interesting finish. But still way too young, the pepper bothers me a lot
    • Nose
      deep, creamy sweetness, caramel, creme brulee, bananas, raspberries, lemons and oranges, great fruit combination, but alcohol stands out and, with a lot of pepper, always brings youthfulness to the fore
    • Taste
      creamy, caramel, fruit, cocoa, pepper and quite strong wood
    • Finish
      in short, here too fruit, cocoa, tannins, pepper, quite bitter at the back

  20. Youngone scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

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