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!
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 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 re-tasted it and therefore can correct my old review...
The mouthfeel is a little hot (no wonder at 57,5% abv) but nicely coating with no bitter or astringent feeling. Not too bad and exactly as the texture promised! 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...