Ardnamurchan AD/04:21

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Paul Launois Release
Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Barrique Finish
Number of bottles
57.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Apr 2021 8:07 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 288.31

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Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan AD/04:21

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.42 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.

  2. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  3. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Blind sample:

      Dark gold

      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.

  4. elipszis scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    i hate champagne... so sorry for this
    • Nose
      80 80
      flower garden
      musty chocolate
    • 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
      medium-long finish

  5. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 3_243F6 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Release price: ~£68


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