Ardmore 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Port Wood Finish
Stated Age
12 years old
Port Casks Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 Oct 2015 5:30 pm by dramark

Average value

€ 50.33

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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 12-year-old

123 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.56 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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    • Nose
      First Association: Schwartau Extra Strawberry Vanilla! Very dominant fruity, especially strawberries, raspberries and cherries stand out. Vanilla / caramel, some honey, juicy oranges and already slightly spicy oak notes are noticeable. In the background there is always a pleasant camp fire smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet, creamy and oily. Dark fruits with a slightly acidic impact are quickly gaining dominance. The 46% by volume are very well integrated and give the drop the necessary power. More strawberries, raspberries, a few red apples, forest honey and the first spicy notes of the 12-year-old whisky are noticeable. In the background, a fine campfire smoke envelops all flavors without ever becoming too dominant. Some bittersweet chocolate is already added.
    • Finish
      Medium long, slightly smoky, the fruit notes give way to a noticeable oak spiciness. Again some dark chocolate and getting drier. All in all, very harmonious!

  2. rottendon scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Price / performance killer. Amazingly complex in the nose for his age and otherwise just delicious and tasty.
    • Nose
      Soft smoke and some citrus fruit right from the start, berry fruits add to the bouquet in a very short time and the smoky notes are not only clearer but also more defined. A nice little fire is burning, on which the berries are roasted. After a little more time, some iodine, furniture polish, disinfectants and bacon are added, all very discreet. Mineral notes and fruit panna cotta complete the impression with some fennel and mint. The whole thing is warmed up a little sweeter and heavier, the sour notes for the first time become really clear and enhance the impression of fruity berries. Much more complex than expected, and quite appetizing ...
    • Taste
      Very soft on the go with very slow power delivery. The mouthfeel is quite fluid. First, sweet and sour parts are in the mouth together and also support the impression of fresh berry fruit, perhaps in honey. Very late, notes of dark chocolate appear and give first indications that he is already 12 years old.
    • Finish
      The finish is clean, and if it were not for the peaty parts, it would be very short. It sounds pretty chunky fast and leaves a nice, smoky memory on the tongue.

  3. Moritz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Complex and very round, nice sweetness and subtle smoke. Excellent PLV.
    • Nose
      Pleasant smoke combined with slight sweetness. Spicy, light fruit. Alcohol is not felt.
    • Taste
      Smoke, spicy pepper. Fruity sweet, very complex and harmonious. Drying.
    • Finish
      Very fruity, long. Seasoning and light smoke.

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2015]  I emptied a bottle together with friends that I bought for 49 Euros in October, 2015. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85.  My notes state an easy-to-drink and enjoyable dram without any special characteristics.  The port finish is recognisable but not dominant at all.  Quaffable...

  5. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Was a birthday present. And what can I say ... delicious, tasty, good!
    • Nose
      Hm ... I'll say so. The colleague smells like standing in a bed of fresh, red fruits. Fruity and light to earth. The neighbor has the grill on and the smoke pulls you into the bed. Spear of charcoal smoke and subtly fleshy.
    • Taste
      Slightly spicy onset. The immediately goes into a creamy fruit sweetness. The colleague tastes like he smells. Pleasant oak flavor with a trace, smoke comes to and around 'the story' beautiful. Tasty, tasty.
    • Finish
      Some bitter, smoked nut chocolate. Slightly dry. Nevertheless, the fresh fruit sweetness remains medium.

  6. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    What a delight! Ardmore combined with sherry casks is a perfect couple but this one proves that Port casks also can deliver.
    • Nose
      A sweet and rather heavy nose. The 46% abv seems to be working quite perfect here. Usual suspects with figs, dried plumbs and sultana’s but it’s being complimented with a really earthy kind of peat smoke and charcoal. This is what I often get with Ardmore. It’s a completely different style of peat then Islay for instance. Also whiffs of star anise and black tea.
    • Taste
      Soft, sweet, creamy and with dried spices. Good body. Again I get flavors of tea and also it seems to have quite some tannins. It’s making this whisky a bit dry. For me it’s within the limits but I can imagine people tend this to be a bit too dry. Tastewise this one can handle a drop or two of water.
    • Finish
      Medium length finish. Again sweet but with a beautiful amount of smoke/peatsmoke. It gives a bit of a coastal experience combined with smoked veggies and mildly smoked meat.

      An absolute buy recommendation for around 40-50 bucks. BFYB? Quite personal but for me: yep!

  7. whiskygalaxy scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Overall a good fruity-spicy and slightly smoky malt. But it lacks a bit of intensity and complexity for a lasting impression. PLV ok.
    • Nose
      85 85
      fruity with berries and orange; spices (cinnamon), slightly peppery; plus a nicely integrated light smoky note
    • Taste
      84 84
      nice balance of fruitiness and spiciness; increasingly light pepper note; behind it lies a pleasant smoky note
    • Finish
      84 84
      sweet-spicy; then peppery lingering in the mouth; smoky; getting slightly dry

  9. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Similar in character to Talisker Port Ruighe as both the port influence and the phenol levels are concerned. The Ardmore smoke is less coastal / salty and more herbal / earthy, though.
    A sweet and winey nose. Some creamy vanilla and a hefty helping of fruity esters combine to create an impression of raspberries and strawberries in yoghurt. Behind (or on top, or to the side of, depending on your favorite locational metaphor) that there are damp autumnal forest floors, smoked cheese (Scamorza, anyone?), some serious umami (soy sauce, Marmite) and bonfire embers. With time, a leathery, nutty sensation comes up as well, almost as in a sherry-matured whisky. Nice nose altogether!

    In the mouth, the sense of fruit yoghurt continues. Taste is sweet all the way though, even when the sweetness is joined by some peppery oak in the finish. Speaking of the finish, it's... let's say "extended" rather than long. This is due primarily to the peated malt; I don't find that the casks do a lot of work here. Sadly, the fruity sweetness leaves an impression of artificial sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin, and the like) after it has died down, which subtracts from the experience.

    To my mind, the combination of vegetal, herbal notes and sweet fruity aromas clashes rather than meshes, at least on the tongue. The initially mentioned Talisker & Port combo is a better fit in this regards.
    That being said, this is still quality stuff, properly aged, with a good-to-very-good nose and a decent ABV. I'm just not enthusiastic about the port influence on the palate.

  10. Jabarkas scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Port is there for sure. Very mild on peat. Its kinda suprisingly mild taste wise for a port cask dram. Though it is fruity and juicy. I was hoping for a bit more. Not a bad dram though. I am just not hooked that much on heavily sherried (well... "ported" I guess :)) drams. In this category I would rather go for kinda similar but more peated Benromach 10.
    • Nose
      Dark fruits, acidic, a touch of peat, alcohol, sweetness.
    • Taste
      A bit of peat again, spicy, caramel, strong sherry notes, acidic again. A bit creamy. Sweet and citrusy. A bitter as well. Like a dark grapefruit. Some maritime notes as well.
    • Finish
      Sherry/port again, spiciness again. Dark tea.


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