Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:
Ardmore 1996/2013 (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, licensed bottling) A well-know label. In my experience, G&M’s Ardmores are usually rather softer than the officials – let alone most other indies. Colour: gold. Nose: softer, perhaps, beautiful, for sure. Maybe the mildest and roundest ‘expression’ of a mentholated peatiness, covered with manzanilla sauce and a few herbs, such as sage, parsley, and wild thyme. And some soot. There’s an old-Ardbegness in this. Mouth: excellent, truly excellent. G&M have selected this bottle, among others, to demonstrate that wood’s paramount (or something like that). Well, I’m sorry, but this one just shows that a great distillate’s even ‘more paramount’. In a way, this is like a record and a stereo. You could own the greatest McIntosh tube amp, it’ll never make Justin B. sound great. While Coltrane through the cheapest Samsung set will still sound fab imho. Well, am I not the king of crappy analogies?… Finish: quite long, super-balanced, marvellously peaty and citrusy. Comments: I think this is way better than older semi-official Ardmores by G&M. Yes you may see that as a buy signal. If you like. SGP:455 - 88 points.