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Ardmore 2002 GM

Overall rating 54 votes 87.40
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

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 23
Taste 22
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

15 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
21 Jan 2017 12:16 am
hs305 gave this whisky 88 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
87.6
Nose
88
Initial taste
86
Body
87
Finish
89
Price
90
Presentation
86
There is no accounting for taste...
spigray
Expert Senior spigray Review note
05 May 2017 12:26 pm
spigray gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88.1
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
88
Presentation
87
spigray
Expert Senior spigray Tasting note
05 May 2017 12:04 pm
spigray gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

very peaty with the typical, slightly sweet ardmore smoke. dark treacle and demerara sugar. roasted nuts, brasil nuts, dark chocolate. roasted chestnuts (oak) and some putty.hints of rubber.
I cannot get any fruitiness in this whisky, everything stays a little austere and dark.

Taste

again very peaty with treacle. traces of vanilla .getting really sweet and caramelly. is threre some salt? huge, fat body

Finish

looong, smooth and warm

Comments

very nice ardmore at a reasonable price
88/100

MadScientist
Expert Senior MadScientist Review note
29 Apr 2017 12:02 am
MadScientist gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87.2
Nose
86
Initial taste
86
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
86
Presentation
88
jankes
Expert Senior jankes Review note
22 Apr 2017 2:55 pm
jankes gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.7
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
87
rpvdwel
Expert Senior rpvdwel Review note
17 Apr 2017 6:05 pm
rpvdwel gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88.1
Nose
88
Initial taste
89
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
87
Daan Tje
Connoisseur Daan Tje Review note
15 Apr 2017 5:29 pm
Daan Tje gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.8
Nose
89
Initial taste
89
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
89
Presentation
89
My Collection
ColdAesthetics
Expert Senior ColdAesthetics Tasting note
02 Apr 2017 6:33 pm
ColdAesthetics gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Glasierter Parmaschinken, Räucherschinken, Kandiszucker, Honig mit Thymian und Rosmarin, ein paar Anklänge von süßem Sherry

Taste

Wilde Beerensträucher, Schinkenhaus, Oregano, Räucherholz, Süßholz, Honig, Rosinen, Lakritz, viele überraschend tiefe Noten für einen 14-jährigen, alles sehr voll und kräftig

Finish

Mittellang bis lang, Honig, süße Kräuter, wie eine Rindermarinade, süße Eiche und etwas Lakritz noch

Comments

Saulecker, einfach eigenständig, kräftig, für sein Alter sehr reif, faszinierend

St. Pauli
Expert Senior St. Pauli Tasting note
21 Feb 2017 8:34 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Flowery peat combined with dry sherry (flor). It gives this dram a slight savoury feel, with roasted almond and walnut. That's not all though. A combination of orange blossom, orange juice, tropical fruit, honey, and malt.

Taste

The peat is rather earthy this time, you can almost taste the twigs here. Further: salted licorice (or its root), loads of roasted almonds, honey, and fresh fruit. A slight influence of the cask (some vanillins, and soft spice). With water, it gets grassier (lemon grass).

Finish

Rather long, gently spicy on pepper and cinnamon, a tad earthy still (peat and licorice), with almond, grass and orange.

Comments

Quite a complex dram for such a younster on refills. Next to that, it has enough power and salinity to make a distinctive (positive) impression.

Cheers! Paul
Hvdree
Connoisseur Hvdree Review note
20 Feb 2017 12:18 am
Hvdree gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
90
Initial taste
88
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
90
Presentation
88
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