...and I remembered it right as an excellent dram. This combines the best "dirty" Springbank profile with delicious impressions of peat to create an interesting and very quaffable dram. As this bottle is way too expensive these days (because of collectors and investors) here is a dram which comes close to this profile for affordable bucks (WB id 54323), not kidding! I just had the two side by side and yes, this Longrow is better (more complex) but the Ardmore really provides a profile which is pretty close to that (according to my taste buds, only).
The colour is old gold and the nose offers an excellent old-style peated profile with all the interesting "dirty" Springbank aromas present (e.g., machine oils, farmyard, waxes, bonfire ashes) beside delicious fruits, honeys and spices. This is an excellent nose, I could sniff this for hours.
The taste is nicely layered on sweet (fruits, honeys, barley sugars) and bitter (peat, bonfire ashes, waxes) flavours in an interesting back-and-forth of impressions. Spices join in later as do some more exotic impressions like resins or chalk. This is a real chewer and I strongly suggest to do so because it is a lot of fun to explore the changing interplay of flavours
The initial mouthfeel is excellent with a warming, creamy texture covering my mouth in seconds without any distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more herbs and bonfire ashy impressions without loosing its balance. Again no drying or astringent moments, this dram stays perfect until the very end. Some water releases more sweet notes on the palate but I prefer the neat dram, clearly.