Ardmore Traditional Cask

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Oak Barrels + Quarter Casks Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 1000 ml
Added on
18 Nov 2007 1:33 pm

Average value

€ 81,40

42 × in wishlist

829 × member ratings

2135 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardmore Traditional Cask

130 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.08 points

  1. Fred Labosch scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Anything but complex, in fact pretty one dimensional, but without significant flaws. Ardmore's spirit is kind of heavy/oily, which is always a plus in my book, although this expression almost solely revolves around a farmyardy peat note which is usually not my cup of tea. It's creaminess and the evolving milk chocolate note saves it from oblivion. Very okayish, and a good one for the flask during the cold days.
    • Nose
      farmyardy peat, hay, barley sugar, earthy, a little cardboard, new oak, becomes creamier after a few minutes, milk chocolate, a little vanilla, later a faint lemony citrus note appears.
    • Taste
      smooth and creamy arrival, farmyardy peat, hay, barley sugar, faint milk chocolate, oily mouthfeel with quite a voluptuous body.
    • Finish
      farmyardy peat, barley sugar, hay, a barky new oak note, clay, medium to long.

  2. KOQ24 scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior


    Cream,Smoke,Honey,Vanilla,spicy,Black Pepper

    medium to long and smooth

    Back in it's day, this was one of the best Price Value Malts around, easily accessible and lightly smoky for everybody.Now it's been replaced with the "Ardmore Tradition".I have tasted and compared both and they are basically the same, so it's not worth it to pay extra for a Bottle of the "Traditional Cask".
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  3. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Note dated November 2, 2011
    Nose: spicy with light smoke, more towards the peat than a campfire
    Mouth: strong, the 46% suit him well, neatly sweet, peppery, smoke subliminal, but noticeable
    Finish: very present and medium length
    Conclusion: interesting in comparison, surprisingly good for his probably 7-8 years, PLV outstanding

  4. Albaron scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Nice yummy whisky that's a lot of fun. He is not very complex, but the bitterness and the whole composition make him very easy going. You really always want to refill. Too bad that it does not exist anymore.
    • Nose
      Smoke, some phenolic, herbs, raisins, malt, caramel, fresh mint and alcohol tingles in the nose
    • Taste
      The smoke is present, malt, raisins, caramel, also here the fresh mint, herbs and sherry, albeit reserved, in addition to a bitterness, which also leads into the finish
    • Finish
      Sherrynoten and smoke remain, in addition the herbs of the oak and the beautiful bitterness sway

  5. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    A peculiar, bright, concentrated malt. Not all of these characteristics are beneficial to him. Peat Highland - fun!
    • Nose
      Peat, prunes, spices and heavy perfumery notes.
    • Taste
      Phenols, caramel, walnuts, salted cabbage, bread.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, smoked, with hints of apples, cherry liqueur and hot chili.

  6. HammerHead scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very grassy and herbal peat smoke, a cow stable, hay, silage (kuilgras), citrus and a touch of piccalilly. Also fresh (sandal)wood, resinous, ginger and a bit dusty. Taste is about the same, the finish mainly has the warming spiciness expected in a peated whisky.

    Good but nothing really special.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. schengel10 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    A young, interesting Highlander at a great price!
    • Nose
      powerful; Peat smoke, then herbs, lemon, lemon, oily, spicy;
    • Taste
      strong onset, smoke, citrus fruits, honey, creamy vanilla, citrus fruits, oak, oily body, still young;
    • Finish
      medium length, spicy, dry finish, oak; in the finish pepper, smoke;

  9. Gareth74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    One of the greatest malts for the money?

    I love whisky. I love it when you discover a bottle that helps rewrite your perceptions or challenge beliefs. I love it when you find great whisky can be had at a great price. This was the first whisky for me that made me take notice of what could be bought for relatively little yet still impress like a bottle two or three times it’s price.

    Ardmore’s always been a bit overlooked. For years it was just a the distillery that went into Teacher’s blended whisky (not too bad for the bottom shelf) and hardly any of it got put into the wild as a single malt. Then the market changed and single malts got very sexy to the money men and every man Jack suddenly had a single out. Admittedly, Ardmore was VERY late to the party.

    Ardmore’s first official toe in the water was the Traditional Cask. A creamy, peated, coloured, 46%, NAS, quarter cask matured, un-chill filtered Highland malt that perhaps, on paper should have been pretty average. But it wasn’t. It was a little gem. I use past tense as it’s been out of production for a good few years now and it only came out in 2007.

    For a ‘cheap’ whisky it was amazing. Thick, creamy and very viscous, brimming with malty flavours, a beautiful peat note running through it, soft smoke, sweetness and a strange but wonderfully idiosyncratic finish; all for as little as £25! Some bemoaned the adding of caramel (and yes, it would have been better without it) but it certainly didn’t detract from the quality of the product. And at 46% it was noticeably aimed at a more discerning/demanding scotch drinker.

    Although it’s a NAS, a little digging online reveals that the contents are vatted from 6 to 13 years (which might sound a little young for some) but the acceleration in character delivered by the quarter cask finishing makes it feel like it’s spent much more time in the wood. It’s not a complicated malt, far from it, its feels very simple, but this simplicity doesn’t mean it lacks character or depth. In fact, I think it actually becomes one of its strongest selling points.

    It’s not for everyone, the nose and pallet divide opinion (but that’s no bad thing) but it can still be picked up cheaply in auctions and found in dusty corners of the internet in smaller retailers. If you can still find it for under £40 it’s a steal. In a world of increasingly expensive and alarmingly average malts it still remains, in my mind, a real bargain and a joy to drink.

  10. uap304 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Cheap thrills! Not super complex, but really yummy. Love the knock-off Laphroaig bottle.
    • Nose
      Light, sweet peat. Bubble gum, honey, vanilla, graham crackers, and heather. Off to a good start.
    • Taste
      Full, round. Prickly. Smoky, oaky, tobacco. Reminiscent of Benromach in a way. Savory and delicious.
    • Finish
      Not too long, and the whole dram fades in the glass rather quickly. Vanilla, oak, sour herbs, toast, chocolate, and graham crackers again.


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2018

Forgot your password?