Ardmore Legacy

Overall rating
77.24/100
votes
634
Whiskybase ID
WB58190
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Lightly Peated
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Quarter Casks Finish
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L 430357A
Barcode
5010019637666
Added on
20 sep 2014 4:17 pm by MoreArdmore
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 25.81

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Whisky reviews for Ardmore Legacy

62 users have left 65 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 77.24 points.

  1. Koning scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A fresh and light peater, with a very recognisable Ardmore profile. It's rather one dimensional, but still offers value for its low price.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Medium peat smoke, not medicinal but rather sweet and floral. Lemon balm, peppermint, apples and vanilla fudge. This a clean and fresh nose!
    • Taste
      80 80
      Mild peat, rather floral again. Lemon gumballs, creamy, some honey, fresh herbs and coriander.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Rather short with light smoke, fresh citrus fruits, some basil and caramel. Turns a bit bitter, reminding of strong cold coffee.

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  3. VLG scored this whisky 66 points Expert Junior

    666

  4. bl0wb4ck scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Not bad at all for the asking price. Subtle smokiness with a hint of light fruit paired with a subtle sweetness. Absolutely easy drinking, for the asking price it has earned a rating of just over 80.

  5. aw-home scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
      Light phenolic peat smoke with honey, banana, citrus and pear.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Pears with honey, light peat smoke and a hint of oak.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Medium-length with citrus fruits, pears, peat smoke and a slight spiciness.

  6. mirkomick scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    99795 personal rating
    • Nose
      81 81
      vanilla, pudding particles,
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    It is easy to drink, pleasantly sweet on the nose and reasonably complex. No special features worth mentioning on the palate and on the finish.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Hay, light fruit, vanilla, caramel, fine smoke, honey, cocoa. Citrus, Gasoline, Clove
    • Taste
      77 77
      Somewhat bitter, spices, soft, malt, powerless,
    • Finish
      78 78
      Quite a short finish, oak, spices, slightly bitter. malt

  8. kikist scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Can not say nothing bad about this one, just not my cup of tea (ㆆ_ㆆ). It tastes somehow artificial to me :/
    I understand this is mass market whisky but I couldn't find nothing engaging for me but also nothing I can really complain about for a price, I think rest of the bottle with sit on shelf for a while

    Update:
    After about a month, this is much better... Nose is subtle but engaging, Taste and aftertaste specific but nice, +2 points. Will come back in some time :)
    • Nose
      77 77
      Hubba bubba bubble gum at front behind I can find Lemon Peel, Honey touch of smoke, Floral, Malt and interestingly Pineapple, huge artificial bananas impact
    • Taste
      75 75
      Herbs , Floral, touch of Peat Smoke at arrival, with time there is also ash, little bit of Alcohol burn and Coconut, oily
    • Finish
      76 76
      little bit of Spices , honey, Coffee bitterness, Seaweed, Orange juice, Hay, Oil, artificial Cherry

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Easy. Distant smoke, some lime and lemon. Green apple. Hay.
    • Taste
      Sour apple rings, some vanilla, mild pepper and a hint of smoke. Vodka Lemon. A little thin.

  10. DerDennis! scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    Slightly smoky fellow, pleasant nose, I like it a lot.

    Then a bit thin in taste, which is probably due to the 40 percent.

    In the finish, then again clearly more present.

    Overall not bad.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  11. Don Cassi scored this whisky 61 points Expert Senior

    Young, light whisky with a good dose of Highland smoke. He cannot deny his youth and unfortunately there are hardly any other aromas hidden behind the smoke.

    With the addition of water it loses some of its youth and also of the smoke and gains some creaminess and vanilla. Nevertheless, it remains too simple and boring.

    Nice to add some smoke to another malt, but unfortunately too young and simple on its own.

    Note 3

  12. The_Osprey scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Ardmore Legacy (40%). Consumed Feb 2019. Aroma is smoked apricots, lemon biscuit/pastry, lemonbalm, pale wood and smoke, notes of nectarine. Lovely. Taste subtle peat, juicy rounded middle with more stone fruit, burnt grapefruit, fresh and citric with biscuity notes and light integrated smoke. Very good. Enjoyable.

  13. riegerjonas scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    2021-04-10
    • Nose
      86 86
      very fruity of pear and raisins, awl, honey, floral, tangerine, light smoke
    • Taste
      82 82
      fruity, pear, honey, relatively hot, very light raisin sweetness
    • Finish
      82 82

  14. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    A real simpleton. Does not hurt anybody, but does not excite, either. In the same category as the - imho very superfluous - Talisker Ske, Laphroaig Select, and Glenlivet Founder's Reserve, to name a few the discerning world of maltsters does not need.

  15. Malthead19 scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    - an uncomplicated, slightly smoky single malt
    - not a lot of depth but easy to drink
    - for about 20 € an acceptable quality, fair price for a solid single malt
    - not a big taste grenade, but what do you expect for the low price ... so everything is ok
    • Nose
      light fresh character, citrus, light cold smoke
    • Taste
      soft, somewhat lax approach, mild, slightly smoky development on the palate, subtle bourbon sweetness, spice shoots up
    • Finish
      short quick finish;
      slight smoky-sweet short finish

  16. Hvdree scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  17. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nice Islay alternative for easy access, low-priced and decent constructed NAS whisky. I do like this style, and prefer it over many other NAS-es. Much better than Laphroaig Select, or some Bowmore.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Sweet. Dry. Custard pudding (very clear). White wine. Savoury fresh herbs. And don’t forget the smoke; not ashy, not bonfire, but definitely smoke.
      With water it is softer, sweeter, less smoky, less savoury.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, smoky vanilla arrival. Develops towards a dry vanilla and bitter wood.
      With water the taste improves and shows soft sweet arrival and develops into sweet juicy oranges, vanilla and summer flowers.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium. Clear vanilla sweet and citrussy bitter dry.

  18. schengel10 scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    A young, uncomplicated, average Highland Single Malt at an attractive price!
    • Nose
      subtle aromas: herbs, vanilla, pleasant smoke, sweetness;
    • Taste
      light, almost watery onset, pleasant smoke, vanilla, caramel; clearly young and simple;
    • Finish
      very short finish; light smoke;

  19. bartekfm scored this whisky 64 points Expert Senior

    There’s a decent amount of peat, which is nice, but not a whole lot else going on. The solvent-y note on in the nose is a bit off putting but overall not too bad. The flavours are so thin and really brings the whole thing down. If you’re looking for an introduction to peated whisky look elsewhere, as there are better alternatives.

  20. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      76 76

  21. stefan_PB scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad beginner, but not really good. PLV is good.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Wood notes and a hint of cherry, campfire smoke
    • Taste
      70 70
      At the beginning it tastes like burnt toast, which unfortunately is much overrun, a hint of caramel is to taste, a little sweetness, herbal notes
    • Finish
      74 74
      Medium long, a lot of smoke, oak bitterness, a trace of fruit

  22. Punktar scored this whisky 60 points Connoisseur

    I like Ardmore! But this one ... He does not smell very good and he does not taste good either. Probably bottled young. Which target group is released? The complexity I value so much goes beyond the legacy. And I idiot bought 3 bottles ... Every visitor has to taste one, before there is a good whisky ...
    • Nose
      Flat, one-dimensional and uninviting. A hint of smoke and maybe a little vanilla. That's supposed to be Ardmore?
    • Taste
      Slight sharpness and clear alcohol on the tongue. Probably because there is hardly anything else left. In the background some smoke and sweetener.
    • Finish
      Luckily, very short. But alcoholic and hardly any smoke.

  23. SweetPeat scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    He does not do anything wrong, but nothing really good. An entry-level whisky, mild and balanced with very soft smoke, but without corners and edges. A bit boring, but for the price that's ok.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Slightly smoky (5 - 10 ppm), sherry, honey, spicy oak
    • Taste
      78 78
      The smoke becomes more intense (~ 15 ppm), vanilla, caramel, very slightly spicy
    • Finish
      77 77
      medium (6/10)

  24. Falnor scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    A dram perfect for 'just' drinking while doing stuff like watching a movie, having a game or great for beginners. The price is good, but too light and not at all complex for most malt drinkers.
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      72 72

  25. Jordanite scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    I was given this NAS bottle as an easy introduction to peated whiskies, however in this regard the lower peat levels actually work against that aim. On the nose the softer peat mingles with citrus fruits and a slight rubber note in the background, however these notes do not really work together. Likewise the taste suffers from the smoke being too strong to truly enjoy the bright citrus notes but too weak to enjoy purely for its smokiness. The finish is actually decently long, with some pepper and smoke fading into a slightly bitter malty/grassy flavour.

    Whilst this is not bad whisky, it fails to convince as a "peat gateway" and although it tries to be a jack of all trades, it is in fact a master of none.

  26. karloff scored this whisky 61 points Specialist

    • Nose
      63 63
    • Taste
      62 62
    • Finish
      59 59

  27. karloff scored this whisky 61 points Specialist

    This would be fine for ordinary Joe but not for the experienced man who wants something a lot more complex and quality. 
    • Nose
      Gentle peat smoke as it says on the bottle and there is also an array of fruit notes. There is also some sort of rubber solution 
    • Taste
      One thing I notice straight away is that it tastes a lot stronger than 40%. First that gentle peat isn't so gentle anymore and  it doesn't mix well with those fruit notes. There is bitterness as well. Not much else to it really. A knocked up NAS with not much thought gone into it. It's not crap, just a bit boring and off kilter. 
    • Finish
      The finish is short, metallic and bitter. There is also an earthy taste but a dirty earthy taste. 

  28. Markie81 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  29. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    23-03-2019
    • Nose
      82 82
      fruit, vanilla, smoke
    • Taste
      79 79
      fruit, vanilla, smoke
    • Finish
      80 80
      fruit, vanilla, smoke

  30. jeoff scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  31. iLIKEwhisky scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  32. KGA did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Value for money!
    • Nose
      bit of honey, cinnamon and toffee. Gentle peat/smoke
    • Taste
      Vanilla and spices, charcoal, lightly peated
    • Finish
      Full bodied, dry aftertaste lingering quite long

  33. Rien scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  34. ShivanDragon scored this whisky 62 points Newbie

    Very soft, light peat, somewhat thin / watery, 23 € 0,7l
    young, do not fire, not a topper
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      64 64
    • Finish
      62 62

  35. JNuyts scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  36. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    It's a bit young and simple, but it does so well. A decent stepping-stone into peated whiskies. There aren't any of the harsh new-make coppery tastes about it, but the peat could be masking that a bit. Regardless, for an inexpensive NAS single malt, it's easy to drink and enjoy. Especially if you're not in the mood for anything complex. Fair warning, it's better to finish this one sooner rather than later. Time and air cause the sweeter vanilla notes to recede a bit and accentuate the greener sappier notes. Not too much, but it's noticeable.  
    • Nose
      Mellow floral peat, banana candy (Circus peanuts), mellow oak, gentle vanilla and green bananas, powdered sugar and tangerine peel, under-ripe pear and guava (acetone), and green oak.
    • Taste
      Floral peat, wood smoke, oak and smokey honey, and a touch of vanilla flan with espresso.
    • Finish
      A bit green and a bit sweet. A lingering floral peat-smoke and honey, pepper, a touch of apricot, and honeysuckle.

  37. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Pleasant, nimble beginners in the mild-smoky area for a fair € 23.
    • Nose
      primarily sweet (honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, a hint of canned peach), lighter, dry smoke and mild spiciness, black pepper (the aroma, not the pungency) and a hint of eucalyptus
    • Taste
      Honey, fudge, mild black pepper, slightly bitter-smoky
    • Finish
      medium length, short, light sweetness, then dry and mild smoky-spicy, black pepper, light bitterness

  38. ApricotOne scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    In the nose slightly cold smoke and toffee and a hint of marzipan, these two elements I perceive as sweetness. The alcohol is well integrated for me, it makes only very weakly noticeable in the nose. In the mouth even more towards camp fire smoke, with a hint of white pepper and citrus fruits In the finish, it is rather short, a bit bitter and the smoke remains over a little longer. The boy leaves greetings with a lasting metallic feeling in the back of the throat. A malt that really does not shine with complexity. As a sidecar to an ale or Porter he always goes.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  39. Wiz scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  40. vb_bembel scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      77 77

  41. Dyno scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  42. mer1973 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  43. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Pepper Party
    The Armore Legacy is a NAS whisky from the Highlands that was introduced in 2014. You might say it is the follow-up release for the Traditional (although you could say the same of the Ardmore Tradition). It is mildly peaty and was finished in smaller Quarter Casks.

    The nose is accessibly sweet on toffee, honey and some vanilla, shows a hint of aniseed and has a mildly smoky edge. You can tell that some peated barely was used, but it is not a peat bomb at all. If you were expecting this, you were misinformed.

    It is quite feisty on the palate, to be honest. The peat is a lot more prominent than the nose promised. But it is mostly a sweet pepper party.

    The finish is nicely long and reminds me of charcoal that slowly loses its warmth.

    Nice entry level whisky for those who are not yet ready for the peat bombs of Islay, but want to take their first steps into that realm. Around 25 to 30 EUR, which is dirt cheap. Thanks, Pat!

  44. Dre73 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  45. Dre73 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Mild, light peat whisky with some fruity and sweet influences. Maybe doing well for a starting 'peat whisky drinker', but it's all too thin and flat to make a little impression.
    • Nose
      Some peat, smoky, tobacco, caramel, toffee, honey, citrus. Grassy. multitude of smells, but everything or some thin present.
    • Taste
      Slightly peppery, slightly peaty, mild, sweet, honey, caramel. Again a bit thin.
    • Finish
      Short, slightly peppery, dry, sweet, wood. Very slight traces of the peat.

  46. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  47. Dramany scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    mossy tobacco smoke, caramel with fermented milk and a touch of sweet orange

  48. vojt466 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It's not bad, it's pretty spicy and some smoke can be found.
    • Nose
      Honey, lemons, oranges, cinnamon, slightly smoky
    • Taste
      Vanilla, peaches, mango, quite spicy, and finally some smoke - but it's not a big deal
    • Finish
      Medium-long, vanilla, and spice again together with a fruitful finish

  49. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      71 71

  50. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    would
    have scored 78 if it was cheap as it should have been, but sells for EUR 36
    here in my country :(
    • Nose
      soft, caramel, honey, floral, grass,
      butter, smoke
    • Taste
      light fruits, caramel sweetness, hint of
      peat, white pepper
    • Finish
      short, dry, grain, alcohol water, weak,
      touch of flat oak bitterness

  51. xFabe did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    For the price of a surprisingly characterful whisky. Good for an everyday dram that sets itself apart from other highland standards
    • Nose
      Smoke immediately very present, but still pleasant, interwoven in the smoke then find strong spices, spicy curry, eucalyptus, the second nose brings heather herbs
    • Taste
      First some sweetness, then comes chili sharpness, in the mouth quite oily, a little forest honey
    • Finish
      Here the smoke dominates very clearly, except for spices that support the smoke there is not much more

  52. Frank B. from H. scored this whisky 65 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      60 60

  53. Daan Tje scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  54. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    simple, uncomplicated and quite young, but for 20 euros really a nice whisky
    • Nose
      on the nose a nice sweetness, fermented apples, vanilla and subtle peat smoke. Smells young but pleasing
    • Taste
      dry peat smoke, some fruit
    • Finish
      dry, peaty, slightly metallic

  55. MadScientist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  56. Matt80 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    This is a replacement for the Traditional and I think the higher ABV of the Traditional helps it to be more flavorsome than this.
    • Nose
      Light peat smoke, burnt toffee, candy sweetness, vague cured meats note, malty.

      With water - a little medicinal.
    • Taste
      Medium smoke, weak mouthfeel, wood spice, oak, salty, a little peppery, medicinal, furniture polish.

      With water - much saltier.
    • Finish
      Medium, bitter aftertaste, oak, tannins, medium smoke, salty, furniture polish, quite drying.

      With water - more bitterness.

  57. domani scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    Boring and expressionless; only the slight smoke is pleasant - 19.12.2014
    • Nose
      Slight hint of smoke, bacon rind, some sweetness, honey, caramel
    • Taste
      Smoke, very oily, butter, honey, spicy, mild body
    • Finish
      medium

  58. zero1 scored this whisky 81 points Newbie

    Slightly smoky, fruity, tasty - potentially for every evening.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  59. molar3rd scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose: really yeasty with a lovely freshly baked bread, some cereals too, with a puff of smoke underneath, very mild, and much more restrained than the “traditional cask”. a bit of oak. it feels youngish, but attractive as such.

    Palate: A nice gentle peaty feeling to it , with smoke and a bit of ash, with enough sweet dough and cereal notes to ease you in. definitely aimed at newbies, who are making their first steps into peat land. some vanilla sweetness and even a coconut element, with a bit of a bite , in the form of pepper. some young fruity elements too (apple and pear drops) and a final touch of marzipan.

    Finish: smoke, marzipan and wood.

    Conclusion:

    This is very surprising, but i find that the lower peat profile really works here, it’s a very accessible and easy to drink malt, that can be the perfect daily dram for the right price. 30 quid is not a lot for a whisky these days (even if it’s a NAS), and for me the quality is more or less the same as the Traditional Cask, even if it’s a bit different. Creamy and lovely, this one is a definitely a malt you should consider for your whisky shelf. Nothing mind-blowing, but it’s just a good fun dram. It can also be a nice introduction to peated malts for newbies, good Bang for your buck ration too. A no brainer really.

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2014/10/19/the-new-ardmore-legacy-review-and-tasting-notes/

     

     

  60. notesofmalt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Ardmore Legacy, Original Bottling, 40% alc.
    Region: Highlands, Scotland Nose: Rather inconspicuous and mild with slight hints of peat smoke and heather, vanilla and honey. Also slightly bitter caramel and ashes are to be found. Very clear aromas. ... Palate: Slightly creamy, mild peat smoke going towards campfires, coal and ashes. A delicate honey sweetness lingers in the background, the vanilla is also present again. There are also slightly grassy notes. Finish: Medium long, again the light peat smoke and also spices, slightly alcoholic. Conclusion: Simple and mild, with peat smoke and heather. For beginners a good introduction to smoky malts, but also for "advanced" a nice all-day-dram. However, one should not expect an "Ardmore Traditional Cask" here, although Legacy replaces it in the market, 84/100 points (tasted 2015, approx. 25 €)

  61. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    the traditional cask was much better
    • Nose
      Slightly peaty, fruity
    • Taste
      aqueous
    • Finish
      short

  62. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 81 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  63. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      77 77

  64. Goethe scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Relatively complex fresh fruited youngster! For entering the world of single malts, grab this bargain! Got it around Bavaria for about 18€!

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 10/10
    • Nose
      Fresh fruits, smoke, sweet apples, pears, honeycomb, cereals, vanilla, unripe sugar melons.
    • Taste
      Fruits, green apples, smoke, spruce wood, spicy, marzipan, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Medium. Fruits, grape fruit, smoke.

  65. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  66. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      82 82

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