Ardmore Tradition - Peated

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Quarter Cask Finish
46.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Bottle code
Added on
16 Oct 2015 11:50 am by Dollemalt

Average value

€ 40.33

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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore Tradition - Peated

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.43 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Moderate honest, direct smoker, not too one-dimensional or boring, not too complex. The differences I find rather low, they are actually just next to each other, the slight vegetable note flies and as soon as I have only one of them, it is difficult to say which one it is. (1) is a bit fuller, more dignified, (2) a little tarter, smoker-friendly, but I would rate that as more of a whisky's normal batch difference than 2 deliberately different bottlings.
    (For example, I found the differences between old and new Ben Nevis 10 or between the batches of a'bunadh, Talisker DE and Lagavulin DE larger.)
    In this respect, the tradition is a good substitute for the Traditional Cask and with less than 40 € / liter bang for your buck.
    • Nose
      Direct Comparison (1) Traditional Cask peated vs.. (2) Tradition peated (73214):
      (1) clear, but not too strong smoke, not medicinal, most likely campfire, light sweetness (caramel), a hint of pepper, slightly sweetish-kräutrig, rather gentle and restrained, (2) is slightly lighter, the basic character (especially the Smoke) similar, but more open, direct, intense, slightly herbier, a little less sweetness, but a note of cooked vegetables (kohlrabi?) And potatoes ... after some time in the glass, they approach more and more, the vegetable note disappears almost
    • Taste
      Much more similar than the nose - both creamy, milk chocolate, some pepper, burnt toast, candy, ricola, here again (1) a little sweeter, fuller, (2) slightly tart, smoky, the vegetable note is (slightly) there
    • Finish
      almost identical: medium length, ash, pepper, cocoa, ricola, where (1) is again a little sweeter, (2) a bit tart and peppery

  2. Gareth74 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior


    After spending so long enjoying the now dearly missed and discontinued Ardmore Traditional Cask, it’s time to finally try the thing that Beam Suntory decided would replace it.

    Straight away it’s not looking good. It’s obvious from the get go that the money men have looked at what went before and decided that there’s money to be made and costs to be saved.

    From quarter cask maturation bottled at 46%, it’s now an underwhelmingly predictable 40%. Still a NAS but where as you could reliably find info on the traditional cask being vattings from 6-13 years, there’s no such luck with this new bottling. My spidy senses are tingling and I’m guessing it’s mostly young; why make it any more expensive than it has to be. This is an entry level product, or so goes the reasoning. Ok, let’s not be judging the book by its cover, it’s the liquid that matters. Away with these dower expectations.

    Mmmmm on the nose things are picking up. There’s that strange Ardmore nose. Far less funky and smokey than what went before but sweet peat, stewed apples, sawn oak boards abound. It’s got that slightly silage note, it reminds me of a watered down basic Springbank. Vanilla, bourbon, ginger and white pepper. It’s not a bad smell at all.

    In the mouth and it’s fine. Compared to what came before it’s a huge step down but if we’re being fair to what’s in the bottle it’s fair. There’s no mistaking the watery nature of the product though. Little to no viscosity means it’s having to make up for a lack of mouth feel with flavour. It’s slow to arrive on the palate, the watery arrival gives way to a little pear, peat and ginger, oak gently grips the tongue, a light and spicy finish. It’s quite nicely balanced and is perfectly serviceable but there’s just no getting away from the fact it feels hugely underpowered compared to its defunct sibling.

    I loved the Traditional Cask, it was, for the money, a barnstorming malt. Unpretentious, full of character and blinding value. The replacement is none of these things. What a missed opportunity but, no doubt, a financial success for the money men and Beam Suntory.

  3. Rick78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

  4. Noface83 scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    Simple direct medium strong modern smoker which I liked best in the peppery finish.

    Nose: burnt vegetable chips, Malziger youthful basic character with sweet caramel and a little vanilla, sour earthy peat smoke, black pepper brings in some spice - wood is not there yet

    Taste / Departure: light with neat ashen smoke, some salt and neat pepper, malty sweet and now a lot of vanilla ,. Black pepper (but not too spicy) also dominates the medium length finish along with cold ash and lots of sweetness.

  5. ricallende scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This is a pretty evocative Highland malt.  The earthy tones on the nose, the peat and woody tug o’ war on the palate, it’s refined but yet still kind of wild in its way.
    • Nose
      A honeyed but outdoorsy, earthy kind of nose. I’m gonna sound awfully contradictory here, but there are nice notes of dry leaf smoke, wet leaves and hay, and damp earth and fresh cut wood. Though they say “lightly peated”, the peat does come through pretty well, it’s a little rubbery and faintly medicinal. Over it all, there’s a decent sized candied ginger and raisin-y sweetness that ties everything together.
    • Taste
      Spicy sweet to start with more candied ginger and honeyed grain. The peat and smoke here almost seem to trade serves with the grain and oak. They’re kind of on opposite sides of the net, it works, but they’re a little at odds with each other. Towards the end, there’s more ginger, anise and oaken dryness.
    • Finish
      Sweet and nicely long with decent peat continuing, more dry wood smoke, and nice mix of mouth-watering acidity and oakey tanni

  6. KOQ24 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Smoke,Black Pepper,Ginger,Banana,Citrus,

    Vanilla,salty,Ginger,Ash,Smoke,Black Pepper,

    Medium-long with a Medium to strong Finish

    I have tasted this side-by-side with it's predecessor (Ardmore Traditional Cask) and found basically no difference and no drop in Quality.
    It's a solid,smoky, low cost Single Malt.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  7. BeatF scored this whisky 83 points Moderator

    Good Peated for a very decent amount of money. Why not score more than 81 for this flawless drop at first? Slightly too polished and rounded, it lacks a certain sophistication, without that this DutyFree drop could be held seriously ... So merciless are sometimes reviews ... and have finally rounded up from 81 to 83 points!
    • Nose
      It glows from a pile of ashes; some peppermint, honey, milk chocolate
    • Taste
      There is nothing new to it, but it does take with it the appealing nose; but stop: is there still some fruity background noise?
    • Finish
      Here too, all the ingredients mentioned at the beginning, very slight rearing of the ashtray, possibly some licorice, then come back some fruit including orange peel for breakthrough, the finish is appropriate for 46%

  8. mer1973 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. Wiz scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  10. Cubey666 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79


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