Ardnamurchan 2016 AD/03:16 CK.288

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Calculated age
05 years old
1st Fill PX Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
59.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Germany Exclusive
de Germany
Added on
12 dec 2021 12:14 am by Ed Radour
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 155.76

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Whisky reviews for Ardnamurchan 2016 AD/03:16 CK.288

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.38 points.

  1. glen efze scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Ardnamurchan, the Adlephi Distillery founded in 2014, is remote in the Western Highlands. Even if you have waited a little longer to release whiskys, the bottlings are still very young. This bottling is a single cask that was bottled for Germany when it was 5 years old. The system for naming the bottles is a bit confusing – at least for me. A 1st fill PX butt bottling had the code AD/04.21:03 - it was probably a whisky bottled in April 2021. OK. This begins with AD/03:16 - but of course it was not bottled in 2016, but distilled. Do you want to delve deeper into this nonsense? No way.
    • Nose
      The whisky has nice sherry aromas with sweet, fermented fruits, vanilla and spice. There are chocolate confections and caramel, the alcohol stands out with almost 60% vol. clearly visible and takes some time to dissipate. At first there are also very young aromas with a bit of bitter fermentation aromas, but these also evaporate. After that, the aroma becomes quite delicious, even if the sherry is very superficial and has little depth. The aroma definitely invites you to drink.
    • Taste
      You can try it without water - but it's no fun. The alcohol is too strong, too pungent, too burning. The sherry aromas become sweeter with water, but it still remains alcohol-heavy, the pungent, bitter components have not yet been sufficiently removed by the aging and cannot be completely covered by the sweet fruit caramel and the creamy milk chocolate. These are delicious sherry moments, there is cocoa, there is marzipan - but overall the whisky is still too rough and wild. But they are nice flavors and it was certainly one of the better sherry casks that also contributed more subtle notes.
    • Finish
      There is wood, there is cocoa spice with some nut and caramel. None of this stays long and is then carried off the tongue by the alcohol. But they are nice notes.

      The whisky has good ideas and at Adelphi they know their craft. In June 2022, the whisky will cost €150 – €180 in regular stores. And so this is not a distillery that I want to deal with in more detail. The young whisky is never worth this price. One sample is enough here as well.

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Although it has a lot of sherry, it lacks the characteristic sooty character. Curiously, this looks younger than the one-year-old before. Good whisky nonetheless. A little random.
    • Nose
      Lots of sherry, very sweet with some root vegetables and a tart fruity note. Pretty clean though. The soot is missing.
    • Taste
      Strong peppery, sweet sherry in the mouth.
    • Finish
      The finish shows pepper. Subtle acidity, lots of sherry and a hint of youth. But also tobacco.

  3. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I prefer to use Octomore.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Holzwurm scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. captain_k scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The issue price in December 2021 was around €129. It's certainly too expensive for such young stuff, but it seems to work. The nose is great and gives hope for more. The taste can't quite follow, which is also logical - given the age. Nevertheless, I really like Ardnamurchan as a distillery. On the other hand, I don't like the bottle flipping at all... Guys, wait until older bottlings come onto the market and save your money until then.


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