Ardmore 1997 GM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Calculated age
18 years old
Refill Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
13/07/16 160935
Bottled for
Germany Exclusive
de Germany
Added on
31 jul 2016 4:46 pm by brandyhill1
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 94.75

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20 × member ratings

21 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardmore 1997 GM

7 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.00 points.

  1. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I have to go up 2 points, this is very much to my liking.
    • Nose
      this is a re-review-
      when I opened the bottle a few months ago, there were a few disturbing off-notes on the nose.
      These very mushroomy aromas have now completely vanished and I really can enjoy the nose which is lightly peated and which totally reminds me of balvenie full of pears and apples, vanilla and honey. perhaps a few crumbs of white chocolate.
      what a difference! this is how oxygene can improve a whisky when you´re lucky.
    • Taste
      really I had sworn this is balvenie. very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, overripe pears, honey, vanilla, ice cream wafers. spicy. harmonuous.
    • Finish
      clean, slightly spicy, slightly gingery

  3. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    All in all, this Ardmore has a nice blend of fruit and smoke, with the focus of the smoke in the nose. Copies the Islay feeling in the glass quite well.
    • Nose
      First smoked ham and musty forest soil. The smoke is discreet. Soon there are lighter notes such as vanilla, honey, mild citrus.
    • Taste
      The entrance is honey sweet and fruity. Smoke comes after a while and settles on the honey turned citrus fruits. Over time come coffee beans, caramel and chocolate, with some nutmeg. The fruit takes a back seat, fine herbaceous herbs are added, it gets a bit bitter.
    • Finish
      Medium long and creamy, with vanilla and honey.

  5. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Can after 3 tasted whiskys - including 2 young barrel widths, a smoky - still easily enforce and fascinates me somehow, this bright, mildly sharp ... 90 € sound a lot, but really outrageous does not feel it.
    • Nose
      a fleeting breath of smoked bacon from the bottle, the inevitable Einschenktropfen fragrant intense fresh fruity, in the glass then for 46% very intense, strong lemon, pear, vanilla, honey, white chocolate, white pepper
    • Taste
      a lot of sweetness and mild spiciness, again vanilla, white chocolate and white pepper, very creamy, even if I keep it in the mouth for a long time, there will be no bitter or dark notes ...
      with later swallowing you will find peach and apricot jam for a short while
    • Finish
      long, velvety-dry, vanilla, mild spiciness, very pleasant, also here almost no bitterness

  6. MasterOfPuppets scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    For 46% he has a lot of steam. Delicious whisky.
    • Nose
      Caramel, wild honey, vanilla, peach, marzipan, pear, pancakes, cola cabbage, exotic fruits, citrus fruit
    • Taste
      Caramel, wild honey nutmeg, cayenne pepper, clove, coffee, some smoke
    • Finish
      Pretty long, spicy, subtle smoke in the background.

  7. Othorion scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      soft smoke, dark honey, vanilla and lime juice
    • Taste
      Caramel, ginger sweets, where is the smoke? Nutmeg and honey
    • Finish
      Vanilla, smoke, honey, coffee, medium-long, very smooth and creamy

  8. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Another malt that lives from the departure. He is really great. Nose and taste are good too, but fall off in comparison. The price?! No, it does not fit. There are smarter smokers from the promised island.
    • Nose
      A nice scent of lemon and lime rises from the glass. Add vanilla and caramel. And then the forest honey. The superimposed everything. Even the smoke, which I only discreetly perceive. Despite the age and the "only 46%" the alcohol is present. The nose gets better with a little bit of time.
    • Taste
      Nice soft. I do not have much smoke for her, either. Vanilla and honey. A little bit of oak. Seasoning comes with pepper and a touch of nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Yes, here's the smoke. Great finish. Spicy oak, vanilla and light fruits. Slight bitterness comes up. In addition coffee and toasted aromas. Everything in the frame. Oh, it stays nice and spicy-bitter.

  9. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    interesting dram, totally different to the other (few) ardmores I have had
    • Nose
      when I opened the botlle there was a not too pleasant smell of champignons. now the bottle is open for about 3 weeks and fortunately the smell has vanished.
      it´s a rather fresh fruit nose on unripe pears, gooseberries and maybe some lychee. there is also some sour dough bread and sunflower oil. cannot get any peat or maybe hints of a hint.
      wet autumn leaves.  varnish and wood polish. and it´s still a bit mushroomy. mild oak.
    • Taste
      bitter-sweet arrival getting even drier very quickly. quite leathery
      and spicy with pepper and crystallized ginger, the fruitiness is still there but  a bit restrained.
    • Finish
      medium to long, spicy, dry


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