After pouring the amber-colored Ardmore Traditional Cask and a little rest in the glass, it initially smokes heavily around the nose. However, it is more the coal-earthy smell of a camp or peat fire that cools with the dew of the morning than a hot, violent splash. A little damp softwood mixes into the nuances before sweeter and fruity notes play forward. Raisins, peach and ginger sound, with a slight caramel sweetness. That's how I imagine the smell of burned grape seeds or grapevines the next morning (without ever actually smelling them ...). In the mouth, a certain sharpness dominates, which is reminiscent of ginger, and a slight, nutty bitterness of macadamia and hazelnuts, again balanced by the sweetness of the caramel, which is not long in coming. Apart from the slight bitterness, peaty, woody and smoky notes remain in the background for a long time, only in the medium-long, 46% owed slightly alcoholic-spicy aftertaste again oak and peat smoke. A new smell after the first sip reveals almost only caramel and creamy sweetness in the nose, the peat has almost completely disappeared and only comes to the fore again when the glass is swung vigorously. All in all a well balanced smoke-caramel mixture for the cold season!