Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Limited Release No. 01
29 Ex-Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Octave
Number of bottles
53.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Nov 2016 2:14 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 166.35

34 × in wishlist

118 × member ratings

436 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardnamurchan 2016 AD

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.20 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    It is going to be a while before we get a single malt from this Highland distillery, but like many new players, they also released some of their spirit. On the one hand it enables us to sample something from Ardnamurchan already, on the other hand it provides them with much needed funds. This Limited Release No 1, spirit from 2015 bottled in 2016, is sherry matured. Both oloroso and PX casks were used.

    The nose shows those were very active casks indeed. It is very sweet, aromatic and round and at first reminds me a bit of Madeira. Lots of honey, some candle wax, lovely woodsmoke and even a bit of salt in the back. After a few moments, it turns quite fruity. Berries, peach, pears. Some nuts and caramel shine through. And in the back, albeit quite subtle, is a fantastic trace of peat.

    The influence of the casks is also unmistakable on the palate. But it has to be said: you first get an uppercut from both woody spices and the peat. Your mouth will be aflame. And then the soothing sherry notes kick in. Surprisingly salty, though. But impressively complex for such a young spirit. This is going in the right direction!

    The medium long finish, which shows great balance between sweet, salt, smoke and bitterness, leaves the mouth parched at the death.

    Impressive, I must say. Adelphi clearly invested in very good casks. Fill those up with good spirit and you’ll soon be rewarded with a great whisky.

  2. zerttbone did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    This is one with a big future I think , had e few samples of whisky's an d I just compare them a lot , when I open this one the smell of the sweetness caramel , flowers is just amazing for just a spirit , wonderful . Cant wait for more the next years!

  3. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    heavy spirit
    not bad for a youngster
    the best compared to 2017 and 2018 Spirit
    not a purchase candidate
    • Nose
      slightly sherry, warm, slightly earthy, slightly smoked bacon, wild berries, slightly chemical
      with water: sweeter, more of the chemical note, red floury apple
    • Taste
      full, strong and creamy on the palate, you can feel the alcohol
      sweet berries, chemical note so plastic, slightly increasing gum, slightly sherry, minimal smoke
      with water: softer, more sherry, paper / cardboard (slightly damp)
    • Finish
      medium long
      burns, tart, bitter, rubber
      with water: wood, cardboard, hairy note (see hair salon)

  4. jankes scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. dramspotter scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Mystery tasting. I found this very entertaining and I had no idea it was spirit from Ardnamurchan.
    • Nose
      peat, sherry, burnt sugar, cough syrup, toffee
    • Finish

  6. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    beautiful, bright amber color.

    Aromatic and warm smoke, dried / dried fruits like figs and raisins, some honey, pleasant and outrageously aromatic for a spirit ...

    The impressions gained during the sniffing continue to this point: aromatic with smoke and light spiciness, sweet, slightly sherry, slightly oily.

    Overall, quite consistent and dangerously tasty, only when slurping the "youthful" comes out a bit, in my view, however, should not be considered negative.

    Sweet, pleasantly spicy and smoky, "laaaang" and softly fading, in the end light sherry notes and hints of salty ...

    So young and yet surprisingly much "character".

    I did not dare add a few drops of water for fear of "screwing it up"!

    Very well done, Chapeau!

  7. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    For a one-year spirit a very nice flavor cargo, but more of the barrel selection should be owed.
    • Nose
      extremely sweet in the nose, reminiscent of Madeira. Maritime smoke, slightly salty, slightly oily. Spicy honey, pine needles and some resin. The alcohol is there and something tingles in the nose, but the spirit is extremely charged by the barrels.
    • Taste
      Young, the metallic note is there, but is also covered here by the intense barrel influences. The sherry has given him sugary sweetness, plus herbal salt and a little bit of engine oil. The smoke is dry and herbal-bitter.
    • Finish
      medium long, like an oil film in the neck.

  8. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The more I try it, the more enthusiastic I am.
    • Nose
      A honey note dominates the first nose, combined with maritime bacon, vanilla and some damp forest soil. A wonderful smoker comes up and gently lays over everything. Very spicy and complex, a bit of juniper and clove and just impressive for a one-year spirit. The selection of kegs is fantastic and will make your nosing even easier.
      After some time, the earthy, fencing forest notes come out more clearly, paired with a sweet, fresh fruit ... pear, ginger and apple. And above all delicious smoked ham!
    • Taste
      Narurlich shows in the mouth, the youth, but what damn good barrels are that? A sweet, complex sherry fullness, the alcohol wonderfully integrated and not a bit spicy. Salinity, pleasant smoke, resinous wood, honey and a bit of oak bitterness fill the mouth.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather middle and dry. A warm, smoky feeling remains.
      Very nicely done!

  9. maurisso scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    To be a newbie, really good and balanced! Compliments.

  10. alectron scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Weird winey (madeira ?),  sweet, rubber/sulphury, gummybears, 77 more smoke later on 79
    • Taste
      Sherry winey, smokey, sulphur, some berries, 84
    • Finish
      More smoke, cardboard, painted on sherry. 81


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