- Single Malt
- Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
- Bottling serie
- New balls please!
- Stated Age
- 10 years old
- Refill Ex-Sherry Butt
- Number of bottles
- 56.9 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 05 Sep 2013 9:13 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 2002 SMWS 66.44
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.67 points
- Difficult to rate properly because while it has no obvious flaws in the distillate (overt booziness, soapiness, or metals etc.), apart from the peat you can barely find the distillate under the sherry, and the sherry itself... oh my god, it's like trying to nose or eat a welly or a diving suit. Utterly terrifying and an abject failure on every count. I could barely get through 1cl of this. If the name of this bottling refers to opening a fresh tube of tennis balls, then I totally get it, but it feels like a cruel joke to offer something like this to people for money.
- SMWS.com.au notes:
New balls please!
Colour: Shiny conkers
CASK NO. 66.44
Nose: looking at the immensely dark colour (it’s one of the darkest whiskies you’ll ever see!), it’s hard not to imagine in advance what aromas and flavours this whisky will offer. The first nose is therefore quite a surprise: Whilst sherry influence is apparent, it’s the peat that grabs your attention. This is highland peat, not islay peat, so it’s more earthy than medicinal, but the Uk Panel’s title is fitting....it’s exactly like a tin of fresh tennis balls. The aromas are more savoury than sweet, offering rich beef stew, pot roast, balsa wood, and a glass of Barossa cab sav!
Palate: Again, the peat rules the roost over the sherry, and the palate is not too unlike some of the peatier, smokier offerings from Bruichladdich. The mouthfeel is soft, voluptuous and rich, making it dangerously drinkable and hugely quaffable. The sherry combines with the malt and the peat to create a fusion of coffee, toffee, licorice, roast beef, red wine jus, and other big, juicy flavours.
Finish: it’s only on the finish that the sherry influence finally gets a chance to rear its head. Again, more savoury than sweet, but that’s the appeal here.
Comments: This distillery is renowned for it’s higher peating levels (as far as highland whiskies are concerned), and this is one of the peatiest ones we’ve encountered yet. Again, however, it is highland peat, not islay peat, and the phenol levels are much lower than a typical islay offering, so don’t be put off if islay whiskies ain’t your thing. This is a FUN dram - lots to enjoy and contemplate, and it will happily accompany you for a night in front of the telly.
- SMWS UK Tasting panel:
We are opening a tube of new tennis balls or replacing a very well used
and pretty hot squash ball. Whilst play is interrupted we notice the
smell of a nearby barbeque with venison sausages, hot dogs and pulled
pork garnished with caramelised onions and hickory sauce. We take a
break and have something to eat; beef teriyaki with plum sauce, pork
cracklings and a marmite chocolate bar - maybe not to everyone's liking
(just like sport).
Little water and the aroma is that of Focaccia Italian bread with olives
and herbs and a hot Scalextric hand controller. The taste is still
yeasty and meaty; beef monster munch with a mug of Bovril and a pie
during halftime at a football match.
- Result of a blind tasting (held Dec 5th 2013):
83 participants rated this malt in a blind tasting with average 6,8 points out of 10.
Average score over all ratings 2013 : 6,6 points. So 6,6 points are the median.