Ardmore 1968 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection - Dumpy
Stated Age
20 years old
Oak Wood
5490 + 91
Number of bottles
58.4 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
11 feb 2009 5:54 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 987.36

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28 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Ardmore 1968 SV

10 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.92 points.

  1. DrunkDude scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    scbp-6650, ardmore in the late 60s. It is probably a heavily baked sherry barrel with a less obvious style. The non-Rancio medicinal aroma and the new barrel aroma are the main ones. There are points worth highlighting on the whole, but it is undoubtedly exciting.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Ardmore 1968 SV 20Yo 58.4%
      In the glass, it has a very strong new oak style. There are obvious traces of baking, caramel, creamy almonds, bananas, and even sour plum soup. After a while, the bitter taste of dried plums, tamarind, double yellow lotus, old pharmacy, and old house dust is prominent. Slightly new leather. Waking up to the end is the smell of old books, old leather and other old wine. 89
    • Taste
      90 90
      Stimulating, sweet, and bitter. A little burnt aroma, with a prominent caramel syrup Italian, salt, sun-dried grapefruit, oil, Chinese medicine, with creamy almond aroma, medicinal red apple pulp, old book, with sesame pepper, black pepper, and small Chili, bitter citrus peel. The wine strength is medium, the pungency of the spice is slightly stronger, but the oily feeling is prominent, and the strength is average for the degree of 58 degrees. 90
    • Finish
      88 88
      Leaves anise, ginger, bitter citrus peel, pure dark chocolate aroma, new barrel aroma, mint woody and burning sensation. 88

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Tasted again after a few years - powerful, fruity and spicy with a touch of smoke - I really like this profile - not sure why I rated it much lower last time - probably, I got a better sample this time - anyhow, great stuff!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Cooked oranges, cigar tobacco, whiffs of smoke, spices, pepper, cloves, little honey, also some plums, apricot, jam, little cinnamon, gingerbread - great!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Oily, creamy, sirupy, little punchy, good sweetness, more honey, cooked fruits, jam, orange zest, spices, pepper, ginger, tobacco, oak spice - excellent!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, burning, fruity, spicy, zesty, pepper, woody, not drying, more jam and honey, cigar tobacco, little smoky

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Honey, toffee, wax, tobacco, red fruits, cereals, very good

  4. mackie_gm did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    This is a split release with Dun Eideann.
    Here are 2 reviews on whiskyfun both by Angus and Serge:

    Ardmore 20 yo 1968/1989 (58.4%, casks #5490 + 5491)
    An older bottle with an already hefty reputation... Colour: gold. Nose: ooft! This Ardmore sooty / lemony profile is there but it’s draped in a stunningly dense syrup of waxes, herbal liqueurs, precious hardwood resins, cough mixtures, medicines, umami cooking stocks and some kind of smoky truffle honey. Goes on with creme de menthe, cupboard spices, treacle and a waxiness that has an almost fudge-like consistency. You could stand a spoon in the glass I expect. With water: gets fresher with these notes of lemon, fabric, cereal, straw, earth, mushroom, wet leaves, tobacco, pine cones and petrichor. Mouth: just brilliant! Pure, old school, majestic, textural malt whisky. Mineral oils, waxes, hessian, camphor, soot, phenols, lemon rind, tar extract, herbal medicines, fennel seeds, mint tea, orange marmalade. Thrilling and deadly whisky! With water: the kind of whisky that only seems to get more textured and fat and swollen with water. Gloopy mineral oils, mechanical notes, thick phenolics, soot, hardwood resins, herbal extracts and wee hints of old sweet dessert wines. Finish: long, earthy, tarry, sooty, medical, peaty and with this big salty honey note throughout. Utterly brilliant. Comments: This really harkens back to the kind of peat and herbal profiles you could find in many pre-war malt whiskies. A stellar wee Ardmore that almost tastes like some kind of baffling old school 1950s Laphroaig, and yet, always remains its own thing. What a whisky!
    SGP: 575 - 93 points." (Angus)

    Ardmore 20 yo 1968/1989 (58.4%, Casks #5490-5491) Five stars Colour: gold. Nose: more or less as if you put your nose over an old chimney at first nosing, reminding us of some old Ardbegs (1974/1976). Actually, this baby could have been an old Ardbeg that would have lost 50% of its peatiness. There are also whiffs of leather, manure and rotting fruits, a bit in the style of some old Ben Nevisses if you see what I mean. The whole makes for a very interesting and unusual combination once again but warning, it’s hot whisky! So, with water: my oh my! An avalanche of herbal notes that are utterly superb. We would need pages to list them all. Mouth (neat): bang! What an extreme whisky, peatier now but also immensely rooty and earthy, and fruity as well. There are ripe, juicy peaches all over the place as well as quinces and maybe mirabelles (those yellow plums that abound in Alsace and that we like to distil!) Brilliant so far. With water: terrifyingly earthy and rooty, with also bags of bitter oranges and quite some pepper. Even quite some wasabi, which should tell you how big this is, even at +/-45% vol. Finish: very long and very peppery, ala 20yo Talisker OB. Comments: quite a monster, not for the fainthearted. A beauty but that didn’t come unexpected. SGP:466 - 93 points. (Serge)

  5. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Raw walnut liqueur, pine needles, waxy and smoky, jammy fruits, fudge cake, quite salty and spicy.
    • Taste
      Rich jammy fruits from the oak or some sherry residue, huge gingerbread, rich and balanced, medium body, quite some licorice, and methanol.
    • Finish
      Mints and toffee, gingerbread, chocolate spices, medium to long.

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    With a slightly green-brown golden hue, this one gloops into the glass – invariably a great sign.

    N: This one has some kick, some hearty resilience to the years. Peppery for sure, like a peppered steak or mackerel, this one is barley-bread based though the oak is equally present and seemingly tasty in nature. So very spirity and cask-y – tricksy even!

    T: A push-me pull-me job, there’s plenty of jostling for position. Bitter-sweet oaked savoury-sour sugars journey around the taste centres.

    F: There’s been plenty of cask activity. With perhaps a few disagreements along the way, there’s been an amicable agreement made with the spirit in the end. 

    C: Reckon everyone will have different views on this one. Like a moody old cat, there’s occasional playfulness and affection alongside a number of scratch marks. Just a hint of the Ben Nevis 44yo His Excellency [WB].

  7. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Golden yellow / old gold
    Spicy until it stops - salt and coarse peppercorns make the nostrils flinch. Red berries, elderberry, leather, tobacco, some rubber, old sherry casks and sweet honey characterize the nose.
    Fat, creamy and with a lot of sherry, candle wax, wood, tobacco, dull herbs and vanilla. In addition, very fresh accents of peppermint and cucumber water with dill tips. Overall, pulsating on the tongue, with a nice salty flavor. Towards the finish - overall a great taste.
    Long - spicy, slightly bitter and woody fresh. This freshness covers the tongue for a long time, so that the finish appears more one-dimensional. Many beautiful notes are unfortunately suppressed. Overall green, slightly woody, fading with wet leaves, some liquorice and soft teen notes.
    The first moments of taste make this whisky special!
    91 points
    N: 91P / G: 92P / F: 90P

  8. Jackson05 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A friend brought back a lineup of samples from the old & rare show London 2020. Amazing to be able to try these drams. These are the results: (keep in mind these are tiny samples, just enough to get an impression)

    1st: 1968 Ardmore 20yr Signatory dumpy (6439) 94pts
    2nd: 1977 Bladnoch 23yr (273) 92pts
    2nd: Dalmore 20yr bottled 1960s (39949) 92pts
    4th: 1992 Clynelish 26yr Hidden Spirits (125978) 90pts
    5th: Ainslie’s 12yr bottled 1960s? (64557) 88pts
    6th: 1974 Ledaig private cask 27yr 87pts
    7th 1974 Caol Ila 21yr Signatory dumpy (38207) 78pts

    Not too many 1968 Ardmore kicking around. In fact there’s only two in whiskybase which are actually the same; two casks married and split by Signatory and Dun Eideann. The latter has been reviewed by both Angus and Serge on Whiskyfun. It’s easy to forget Ardmore is a very large distillery because most of it ends up in Teachers.

    What an absolute gem this is! So. Much. Character. It manages to be fresh and old at the same time. Beautiful old honey, beeswax, flinty, coal and soot, not that it’s overly peaty. Old machine shop notes, grease, work rags, lamp oil, old books, thuja wood. A citric side with old lemon, pledge, lots going on. Big and fat, but abv is in perfect balance. Definitely some old herbs, tinctures. I could go on and on. You almost feel like you’re shoveling coal at the distillery in the 60s! Such an old glory. Wish I had a bigger sample. What a cracker!


  9. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Very drinkable and enjoyable
    • Nose
      89 89
      Yellow fruits, quinces, peaches, apples, honeydew, dry hay, spices, pepper, cinnamon, whiffs of oak wood - very good
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, sirupy, fruity, good sweetness, apple mash, oak wood, more spices - still very good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warm, spicy, zesty

  11. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 480 € at Whiskyauction in 04 / 2014


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