Ardmore is a distillery that I can't classify very well and rarely have in my glass. And this sample is unfortunately very barrel-dominated, so that the typical aromas of an Ardmore are only rudimentarily recognizable here and the distillery unfortunately cannot bring me closer.
If anyone can recommend a clean, classic, high-quality Ardmore that is representative of Ardmore, please message me :-)
I find the nose really exciting, because here there are various aromas of smoky bacon, earth, tartaric acid, oak and a clearly perceptible sulfur note, which I can just about accept here and which luckily becomes weaker and weaker after 20 minutes.
The alcohol is very well integrated for its age, but is perhaps overpowered by the finish.
A few drops of water will make it pretty smooth without getting too skinny. But that doesn't necessarily make him any better.
Overall, I like the nose because of the different aromas that harmonize comparatively well.
Here the barrel clearly takes over with its tartaric and dry notes. The finish is too dominant here for me, because the greasy, earthy smoky notes that I found so exciting on the nose are hardly to be found here.
If you like dry, acidic whisky, you might like this. It's too one-dimensional for me, although you can still drink the whisky quite well. With water at the back, a little more earth and metallic smoke. Here I find it better with water.
The finish is unspectacular, again very dry and slightly acidic.