Ardmore 1996 GM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Stated Age
24 years old
Refill Sherry hogshead
Number of bottles
52.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 21/077
Bottled for
Spiritual Home Exclusive - 6th Release
Scotland Scotland
Added on
04 jul 2021 9:59 pm by NRS
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 189.00

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Whisky reviews for Ardmore 1996 GM

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.98 points.

  1. Nikita Kochkarev scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior


  2. SimonOHA scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Superb sherry, balanced and complex.
    • Nose
      Woody nose on cedar and sandalwood, walnuts dipped in caramel, nice little tar smoke, fresh dried fruits in the background.
    • Taste
      Thick but fresh mouth on both a concentrate of dates, figs and prunes, accompanied by a superb fresh and mentholated smoke. Bitter apricot kernel. Soft leather.
    • Finish
      Final on the smoke which densifies while surprisingly the tar becomes more medicinal. Burnt sugar, dark chocolate. Smoked wood concentrate.

  3. yarikovsky scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice sherry whisky, great balance. But I am not ready to support the general enthusiasm on his topic. I didn't find any depth or layers, everything is simple enough
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dusty dried fruits, dark chocolate, a little bit of dried out varnish, spices and pastry baked goods, cinnamon, citrus fruits, tobacco
    • Taste
      89 89
      Salted caramel, a drop of iodine, prunes, citrus fruits and light peat
    • Finish
      89 89
      Spices, prunes, citruses, some kind of medicinal potions, strong black tea

  5. kringo86 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Really do not get the high ratings, it is a good malt especially the nose is fantastic but onwards it gets just south... It needs a lot of water to open up and the drying espresso finish is also not to my liking. maybe a spoiled sample!?

  6. vlad78 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Excellent, dense, thick, like a fog, creeping on the grass, very tasty whisky.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Dust, varnish, dried tea roses, tea leaves, dried, candied plum jam and apricot jam, a little paint that covers the furniture.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet, thick, full of dried fruits with a predominance of prunes. A little bit of tea leaves and bitterness. Multi-layered, buttery, like a custard.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Sweet. Prunes, apricot jam, varnish. At the end, bitter tea leaves prevail. Short, however.

  7. olegborgol scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Prune tobacco coffee, leather, exotic wood, smoked meat, menthol, flawless sherry, very good.

  9. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Pinesap, balsamic vinegar and herbal liqueur on the nose, with old leather, cigar boxes, smoking hay stacks, cherries and figs. Cinnamon and cherries on the palate with the smoke creeping in, along with black pepper, a hint of aniseed and herbal syrup. More of the same on the finish, with a soft wave of eucalyptus smoke eventually taking over.

  10. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    Huge complexity, balanced, flawless sherry cask, perfect level of sweetness - just fantastic!
    Very much underrated here if you asked me...
    • Nose
      95 95
      Lots of dried fruits, dates, figs, plums, hints of raisins, little nutty, cigar tobacco, fine leathery notes (good ones), sherry wood, spices, little nutmeg, cloves, whiffs of smoked bacon, toasted bread, dark chocolate, little toffee - superb!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, liquorice, good sweetness, menthol, eucalyptus, more dried fruits, little brown sugar and molasses, tobacco, sherry wood, chocolate, toffee, finest leather boots - delicious!
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, warm, coffee, very little tannic, still good sweetness, not drying at all, chocolate, little woody - excellent!

  12. SmiddyMalt scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Rated 91/100 from Angus @….

    Colour: amber - pretty dark for a refill. Nose: did they refill one of their 1950s Talisker sherry casks? I'm sorry but this is a stunning mix of soy sauce, natural tar, mentholated pinewood resins, pu erh teas and salted liquorice. An exceptional sherry profile that, given blind, I'd probably have said was 60s or earlier. With some time there's a tiny more 'Ardmore' accent emerging, but it's wrapped up so beautifully in all this sherry. With water: evolves more towards old leather, dunnage must, hessian and smoked meats. A slight but distinctive farmyard voice at the back from Ardmore.

    Mouth: beautiful arrival! Perfectly clean, pure and vivid sherry. More soy sauce, umami paste, green walnut liqueur, root beer, more natural tar, black pepper, game meats. Hugely concentrated and yet also beautifully well balanced against the distillate and ABV. More of these impressions of earthy, aged black teas and exotic hardwood resins. Some tiny threads of peat smoke. With water: softer, more dried dark fruits, black pepper, dried flowers, herbal teas, walnuts and a lightly saline rancio.

    Finish: long and quite complex, all on dried citrus peels, hessian, subtle medicines, herbs, pot pourri, touches of caraway, paprika and more walnut liqueur.

    Comments: what a cask! Brilliant, old school sherry - reminiscent of some 60s Springbanks. I would love to know its history and what the first fill was? Either way, a totally stunning Ardmore: balanced, deeply complex, clean, fresh and captivating.
    SGP: 562 - 91 points.


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