Ardnamurchan AD/04:21

Overall rating
86.45/100
votes
139
Whiskybase ID
WB180768
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Paul Launois Release
Bottled
2021
Casktype
Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Barrique Finish
Number of bottles
2576
Strength
57.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060383651713
Added on
07 apr 2021 8:07 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 267.90

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139 × member ratings

484 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardnamurchan AD/04:21

28 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.45 points.

  1. nallacam scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Now had it twice in the glass.
    As a constant companion of this distillery, this is a "must try" for me, but I like the classic releases 1-3 a lot better.
    I find the high alcohol percentage negative in this case, as if it were taking away the space for the whisky to develop.

    Trying the Adelphi bottling of the SMWS bottlings is still pending.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The first nose is surprising, which is mainly due to the barrel strength. Intense and rather smoky, the alcohol is very dominant. I would be more blind on an island, although a peninsula is not far from it.
      Notes of citrus fruits, wet sawdust, an open paint bucket, mineral and reminiscent of a ripe Riesling.
      The youth is here, harmony smells different. Here you have a rather boisterous coastline in the glass, salty spray, a peach in the background, hints of honey.

      With water it becomes more accessible and there are floral aromas, grass, green peppers, cucumber water, sancerre.
      It also gains in sweetness, it becomes much more balanced and round.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong on the tongue, hot and alcoholic. Not a pleasant first contact.
      After a short time the wood will feel bitterness. Ashy and dry.

      Yes, the water opens a lot here. Even if the alcohol is still clearly noticeable, it now shows a finely matured young whisky, but for me it has a bit too much bitterness and should be a bit more flattering.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Short to medium length, cold smoke.
      Easy.

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  3. JamieR scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Nose: cherry jam and soft butter on an almond croissant, vanilla Prairie Girl cupcake with white icing and sprinkles; juicy fruits like apples and pears, dried banana note and a hint of lemon citrus. I'm not a huge lover of buttery chardonnays, but when it comes to using their casks for whisky maturation, back up the truck

    Palate: really oily, heavy mouthfeel, more soft butter on croissant, red fruits, strawberry, jammy cherry, muted cloves
    Finish: long sweet finish with some mentholated or minty notes.

    Comment: This was great, and it took to water fine, which is good as it's 57.6% ABV. This is a big whisky, but one that you can enjoy in a flight if you're breaking out some bottles after a nice dinner. Solid addition to the shelf and looking forward to more from this distillery.

    Score: 87

  4. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Coarse marzipan, bitter, leather, nutmeg, floral notes, hint of peat. Spicy palate, crisp, again some marzipan, dry, bitter chocolate, ginger.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The palate couldn't keep up. I thought it was just a tad too hot, and not as elegant as the nose was, which was quite something.
    • Nose
      It's sweet and silky initially with touches of buttermilk biscuits and yeasty dough, but also guava, Chardonnay, grape must, hay and plenty of cereals, as well as ripe banana and syrup-y pancakes. A really pleasant, sophisticated experience.
    • Taste
      Creamy, almost oily mouthfeel. The arrival is somewhat astringent, with quite some oak spices and ginger. Fairly herbacious too. Minerals aplenty. It benefits from some water, opening things up to green grapes, apricots, lemons and tobacco.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, gingery and ending on lingering orchard fruits.

  6. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Young Distilleries Session, 2022.09.30.:

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/208250/ardnamurchan-ad0222
    85-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/180768/ardnamurchan-ad0421
    88+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/212868/ardnamurchan-ad0622
    86+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/169198/bimber-2017-pst
    88-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/206493/dornoch-2017-pst
    89+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/196457/daftmill-2010
    88+
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Ninofdram scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Gregor83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  11. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    This was pretty weird.

    his cask was incredibly herbal, which was not bad, but the honey and saltwater marsh notes were particularly odd. It reminded me a lot of the Sheep Dung smoked single malt produced by Iceland’s Flokì. While I understand some casks of Flokì can be pretty nice, my bottle was wild— not pleasant to drink, though fun to share with friends. Some of the root vegetables, earth, and herbal notes on this reminded me of that Icelandic single malt. The Ardnamurchan never entirely became “plastic wrapped microwaved carrot” weird, but this was not something I would ever pull off the shelf to drink.

    Mental Image: Cottage Garden Dinner
    • Nose
      Herbal, salty, and earthy. Immediate herbal punch with mint, basil, oregano, along with fenugreek and fennel root. Background notes of graham crackers, unripened fruits, and root vegetables. Slightly salty and sweet with tidal marshes, honey, and rotting oak.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied with sharp herbal notes along with honey, salt, and vanilla. Bunches of herbs popped right away with tarragon, mint, marjoram, basil, and oregano before slightly sweet herbal roasted root vegetables; carrots, parsnips, and potatoes came to mind. Butter, honey, and arugula sprouts (or clovers) appeared at the end with hints of tidal marshes and cured vanilla beans.
    • Finish
      Lingering earth and vanilla.

  12. kismartonid scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. VEF206 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  14. MasterMork scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  17. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Petitcham scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Champagne-like refreshment, colorful fruities, sweets.

  19. holborndrinker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A nice chewy type of dram - just a shame about the price.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Fat, some smoke, pungent.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Initial sweetness, gentle spice that builds - warm, spicy sherry notes.
    • Finish
      84 84
      It coats yer teeth, but medium length otherwise.

  20. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    solid, to enjoy
    of all that I've had in my glass so far, this is the best
    I like him
    Spirit and barrel go well together
    be careful with water !!
    • Nose
      Wine becomes more, Maggie ?, slightly oak, spicy + ??, cinnamon, nut + raisin, Haribobär (cola + red), pastries + jam (strawberry), mini a chemical note
      with water: milk chocolate becomes less, nutty becomes more, raisins, red wine

      from 1920s: lots of berries (strawberry, ..) earthy, a slightly fermented note, cola, dark
      with water: raffia, cardboard, slightly earthy
    • Taste
      soft, silky, round
      Habirobär (cola + red), incense, cardboard, spices (herbal mix), polish, slightly gum, cherry compote

      with water: raffia, reed, oak (different, bitter), very spicy, muesli
    • Finish
      medium to long
      Cardboard, freshly sawn wood, Haribobär (Cola), slightly spicy, slightly oak

      with water: very spicy, oak !!!, raspberry

      Astringent on cheek and tongue

  21. man2392 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Paul Lanois Ardnamurchan 85
    Nose: biscuity, yeasty, white chocolate, guava, jasmine
    Palate: apricot, damson and white fleshed peach, narghile tobacco
    Finish: sweet and then sharp, whipped cream and macerated strawberries

    Needs a lot of time to breathe

    Tasted at Milroys of Spitalfields with Antonia Bruce and Fraser Stancombe

  22. TimkoT scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  23. elipszis scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    i hate champagne... so sorry for this
    • Nose
      80 80
      peaty
      earthy
      flower garden
      champagne
      musty chocolate
      perfume
      toffee
    • Taste
      80 80
      specifically like stuffing a bouquet of flowers into your mouth and eating it (not my style)
      oily (because of 57,6%)
      ash a little bit
      big acid
      green apple
      green pepper
    • Finish
      81 81
      lots of roses
      musty mushroom
      champagne
      medium-long finish

  24. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  25. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  26. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoke traces. Many flowers. A trace of fresh fruit. A trace of red fruit. A trace of spices.
    • Taste
      More fresh fruit. Green apples, green grapes, then ripe, peaches. Then comes the spices. Ginger. Then a trace of smoke. Light sweetness in the background. There are a lot of sweets.
    • Finish
      At first, some fresh fruit again. Green apples. Maybe green grapes. A little bit of speech bubble. Spices. Medium-length finish. Some sweets.

  27. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Blind sample:

      Colour:
      Dark gold

      Nose:
      Starts with alcohol. Then sweetish, vinous notes and a little bit of solvent. I think the colleague is not that old yet. Comes out of the glass very impetuously. Which I don't find negative now. Totally reminds me of Ahoibrause with a woodruff flavor. Behind that I find essential oils and a slightly artificial conifer aroma. I'll leave it ...
      With a little time in the glass, the alcohol evaporates (: D). Now the flavors are somehow easier to grasp. Straw and dried herbs. The colleague now seems a bit dustier. Nevertheless, a certain sweetness remains at the start. Something like raspberry sugar. Some liquorice and a few toasted aromas. The alcohol now cools the nose slightly and something like menthol candy is added.
      I like it.
      With a few drops of water, the essential oils and the conifer aroma come through stronger.
    • Taste
      Spicy, powerful start. He's got a bang. He's about to fire off a peppery charge. A metallic undertone joins it right away. In the taste, the sweet raspberry pushes through behind the alcohol. I think he needs a bit of water.
      With a few drops of water, the brute goes back a little. In return, the colleague becomes more mineral. Plus more grain notes. It's like bread that you chew for too long. Some honey comes through behind it. A bit of Mirabelle schnapps is still making its way through. Otherwise I find the aromas difficult to grasp in the taste.
    • Finish
      Medium length. First that “barren” again, then a trace of cocoa and subtle sweetness.

  28. Whiskytinu scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    One of the most characterful whiskys I have ever drunk. Unused and fresh on the nose, the palate has a very pleasant and dominant sweet honey note, which dissolves full of character. Wonderful. Gladly more of it, anytime

  29. Sybramsky scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    This is really an amazing whisky . On the nose and in the mouth i experience the perfect combination of Ardnamurchan and Paul Launois.

  30. 3_243F6 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Release price: ~£68

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