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Ardmore 2002 GM

Overall rating 82 votes 87.58
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Vintage
01.07.2002
Bottled
27.10.2016
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Hogsheads
Casknumber
935, 936 & 938
Strength
57.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
01 Dec 2016 1:09 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 82,75

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 23
Taste 23
Finish 22
Balance 23

Tastingtags

25 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
25 Oct 2017 11:14 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 90 points

[October, 2017]   This is REALLY funny:  Usually Jim is much more sulphur-sensitive than I am but he rates this whisky as the best Scotch under 15 years and scores it with 96,5 points without mentioning any sulphurous flavour at all.  Now I am sceptical either about my taste buds or that of Jim and so I opened another bottle simply to check who is right...

The colour is burnished and the texture shows just a sticky ring at the top of the glass that very, very late transforms into fat sticky tears and very slow legs.  What a great oiliness!  Oops, surprisingly I do not find any sulphur aromas in the nose this time (but let's wait until the taste is judged...). So it is really adorable on this complex peaty-herbal-toasty and spicy wooden profile, this is above 90 points today!  The mouthfeel is a little hot (no wonder at 57,5% abv) but nicely coating with no bitter or adstringent feeling.  Not too bad and exactly as the texture promised!  The taste offers this great sweet-peat combo that Ardmore is famous for and again ... no sulphur! 

What the hell did my taste buds do when I tried this dram in January and detected a slight sulphurous taste?  Obviously, I have to recalibrate them from time to time (or was the glass not cleaned properly?).  Nevertheless, this does not matter at all as I retasted it and therefore can correct my old review...  The finish is long and very delicate on more spices and a delicious creamy mocha flavour.  Not a single flaw that I can find, really superb!  Water opens up this dram even more and I like it both ways - neat as well as reduced with some water.  Another characteristic of a great dram...

I acknowledge the supremacy of Jim's taste buds!  And it is good to re-taste such drams in case of doubt as sometimes your tastes fool you or you have a spoiled sample or glass or ....  I really like this dram and as I wrote in my old review:  Without sulphur this whisky is worth 90+ points!

Weighted Rate
90.6
Nose
91
Initial taste
90
Body
92
Finish
91
Price
90
Presentation
88
There is no accounting for taste...
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
21 Jan 2017 12:16 am
hs305 gave this whisky 90 points

[January, 2017]  Really nice stuff.  Modern style sherry combined with this tasty Ardmore peatiness, a great combo.  And it is a perfect example to explore the difference between mainland peat (that tastes more of ashes, a cold fireplace and burnt wood) and islands peat (medicinal, salty, ...). But unfortunately one of the casks was lightly sulphured, without this the score might have scratched the 90 points barrier...

Ardmore is one of the most underrated distilleries today, and you can buy very delicious bottlings for reasonable prices (just a fraction of comparable Islay malts).  If you love Islay and drink your whiskies, go for this distillery.  It is the closest you can get to your loved Islay malts, but it is a class of its own too.

By the way, there are very nice people at Ardmore.  Despite they have no visitors centre they do everything to satisfy show-ups (as long as it does not disturb operations...).  I love this distillery!

Weighted Rate
87.8
Nose
88
Initial taste
86
Body
87
Finish
89
Price
90
Presentation
88
There is no accounting for taste...
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
29 Oct 2017 9:38 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 90 points

[October, 2017]  I need another oldie tonight and selected an old Ardmore https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/14357/ardmore-1965-ca from my sample library.  To make it more interesting I do this head-to-head to this recent Ardmore that I scored with 88 and 91 points respectively on different evenings.

Colour:  The 1965 is old gold while the 2002 is burnished (sherry cask-matured).  The texture of the 1965 shows late fat sticky tears that slowly build legs and the 2002 is basically about the same great oiliness.

Nose:  The 1965 offers an adorable old nose of grassy, floral, herbal and malty aromas together with a nice OBF.  I really like it.  The 2002 is meaty tonight what is a sulphurous aroma (strange, this is the third different nose on my third taste of this dram).  It shows more peaty and sherry flavours in a nice combo.  Nevertheless I like the 1965 more.

Initial mouthfeel:  The 1965 arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with some minor drying moments (metallic, as so often with old Cadenhead dumpy bottles - is it the screw cap or genuine from the whisky?).  The 2002 is hot on the palate (57,5% abv) but coating too, and without distracting moments despite the slight dryness from the mainland peat (cold ashes).  Again, I like the oldie better.

Taste:  The 1965 truly is multi-layered and complex on barley sugary sweet, slightly peaty and fruity flavours in a balanced mix.  By no means it is perfumy or papery as Serge tasted it (is this additional bottle maturation or are there different batches?  I guess the latter as the nose is not very, very smokey as in Serge's notes).  To me this is a great palate!  The 2002 offers this modern sherry and peaty profile with toasted and spiced flavours in a firm wooden setting.  Not bad, but again the 1965 takes this round...

Finish:  The 1965 has a medium length finish that somewhat is weaker than the rest of the dram.  Nevertheless, very nice and enjoyable and without any flaws.  The finish of the 2002 is long and adds choclatey and moccha notes to its profile that are delicious.  This round takes the 2002, clearly! Some water releases more aromas in the 1965 both in the nose and taste, actually I like it even better this way!  The 2002 is nice both ways - neat and reduced.

Clearly I prefer the old Ardmore because of its more complex and interesting profile but the 2002 is a great dram, too.  But most interestingly the 2002 Ardmore tasted different every single time I tried it (so far) - is this a chameleon dram or do my taste buds fool me?  As there is still a lot of whisky left in this bottle I will investigate the chameleon effect further...

Weighted Rate
89.6
Nose
89
Initial taste
89
Body
90
Finish
91
Price
90
Presentation
88
There is no accounting for taste...
thatfamousgrouse
Member Senior thatfamousgrouse Tasting note
31 Oct 2017 7:41 pm
thatfamousgrouse gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

A thick but rounded woody smoke, with salty sea air, crushed rock, cedar, candied orange, lavender, raisins, prunes, dark chocolate and over-brewed coffee. Thick and velvety, with a bitter medicinal edge.

Taste

Orange with chocolate, cedar, burned butter, raisin, ginger, black licorice, and rich toffee. Bitter and a little sweet with lively smoke throughout. 

Finish

Bitter orange, toffee, coffee, ginger, and dark chocolate. Dry smoke lingers.

Comments

Is good? Is good.

hansverkerk
Newbie hansverkerk Review note
19 Oct 2017 5:36 pm
hansverkerk gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92
Nose
90
Initial taste
90
Body
88
Finish
92
Price
100
Presentation
100
hansverkerk
Newbie hansverkerk Note
19 Oct 2017 5:43 pm
hansverkerk gave this whisky 92 points

Great stuff.  Nice style sherry 100% Ardmore peatiness,  great combination. Sherry, Old wood, some smoke, peat, Sugar. Its a JM tip 2017. 11-15 Years (Multiple Casks) Gordon & MacPhail Ardmore 2002. almost a winner best whisky 2017. 

mer1973
Connoisseur mer1973 Review note
10 Sep 2017 9:02 pm
mer1973 gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.6
Nose
90
Initial taste
88
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
87
mullos
Expert Senior mullos Review note
30 Aug 2017 3:53 pm
mullos gave this whisky 88 points

A very good G&M bottle at a correct price.
Smooth, perfectly dosed peat combined with wine and wood.

Weighted Rate
88.3
Nose
91
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
86
Price
89
Presentation
88
Cubey666
Expert Senior Cubey666 Review note
13 Aug 2017 2:37 pm
Cubey666 gave this whisky 86 points

Great combination of maturation in sherry, and clean non --islay peat

Weighted Rate
86.2
Nose
89
Initial taste
85
Body
86
Finish
85
Price
86
Presentation
86
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Barreman
Member Junior Barreman Review note
11 Jul 2017 11:42 pm
Barreman gave this whisky 86 points

This whisky needs a little water to smoothen the initial sharpness. It's a nice peaty whisky with sweetness of the sherry casks. 

Weighted Rate
85.7
Nose
87
Initial taste
80
Body
86
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
86

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