- Single Malt
- Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
- Bottling serie
- Calculated age
- 21 years old
- Refill Sherry Hogshead
- Number of bottles
- 50.1 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- 29/11/16 162004
- Bottled for
- The 40th Anniversary of Kirsch Whisky
- Added on
- 24 Dec 2016 4:20 pm by schero
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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 1995 GM
26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.05 points
- Color: reddish shimmering amber Nose: First comes on a certain sweetness, reminiscent of burnt sugar. Followed by a very subtle smoke that evokes the association with an earth-ash mixture. Furthermore, a scent combination of sweet / fruity orange and chocolate streams into your mouth. In the further course develops a slightly sour, woody tart note, which fits wonderfully in the overall picture. The nose is generally promising and the 50.1% vol. are in no way felt in the nose. Taste: Pleasantly soft with a very slight tingle on the tongue, aromas of chocolate, sweet mandarin and earth develop in the mouth. The initial sweetness is reminiscent of candy and goes over the course of the aroma development in a tender bitter oak note, a hint of tobacco and roasted aromas, which remain in the background of the subtle smoke. The finish is classified as medium, with ultimately only a little smoke flavor and echoes of dark chocolate remain. I can not find really strong bitter oak flavors. Nevertheless, I find the drop quite successful. No smoke bomb, but no sherry bomb. Elegant and balanced. If you are looking for that in whisky, you will find it here.
- Blindtasting I'm thinking of a smoky highlander from a sherry barrel with less than 50%. The nose suggests a good age around 20 years. And because I already have a clue, I say that this is the 20 (?) Year old Ardmore from a refill sherry keg from 2016 by Gordon & MacPhail. Resolution: Bääähm !!!!
Strawberry juice, cherries, more light ashy to charred smoke, not to at most a little maritime, beautiful roasted aromas, orange jelly
Slow onset, again red fruits and oranges, gradually heat comes on, the smoke gently bites at the tip of the tongue, peppery, oaky spicy without bitterness, very pleasant and complex without being overstrained
Here first oak with slight bitterness, the smoke is only very slightly noticeable, the red fruits are syrupy on the palate, the finish is still rather medium-long
- [January, 2017] I never thought I would find a modern whisky that comes at least a little close to one of my all-time favourites: Coal Ila 1966 Centenary Reserve (WB id 11192). This was my first impression when I tried this whisky and so far this did not change.
No, it is not on eye-level with the legendary Caol Ila, but if you want to get at least an impression on how good this extraordinary old Caol Ila was - just try this and then add another five points to your score (to match the Centenary Reserve). By the way, the Caol Ila has a mere 40% abv, while this baby has 50% abv. I would love to try the Caol Ila at this strength...
Beside these similarities there are two significant differences too:
- Ardmore uses Highland (inland) peat which characteristics are totally different from Islay (seaside) peat - different age, no sealife inclusions, less salt...
- the sherry style is more modern than 1966 (of course)
But the ratio/combination of sweetness - sherry - peat is almost the same as well as the quaffability. One of the best new releases I tasted over the last years...
- Yesterday in the glass of this Ardmore, bottled by Gordon MacPhail exclusive for Kirsch Whisky, refill Sherry, 21y with 50.1% https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/90818/ardmore-1995-gm In the nose I have light pipe tobacco smoke, like the Christmas blends of Rattray. Dark ripe fruits, Mon Cherie The taste begins with rum pot, vanilla ice cream with hot raspberries, creamy sweet he runs down the throat. Tobacco leaves hang up dry, the fire did not want to start right away and smokes a bit. Spicy forest honey with a hint of shoe polish but that does not seem disturbing. Apple red cabbage with cinnamon and fresh juniper berries made like in my mother in law and I bite the carnation as before. The finish is long ... very long, warm and spicy sweet Conclusion: Ardmore, a misunderstood Distillery ... rarely did you disappoint me buying more? I will immediately because there are only 262 bottles
- In the nose: sweet smoke, slightly dirty hints. Dark caramel. Walnut. Sherry fruit. In the end slight freshness, but no alcoholic stinging.
In the mouth ashy dry smoke, tobacco, dark bread bark. In addition the beautiful sherry sweetness, that harmonizes really well.
Finish: dry, slightly bitter, the dirty smoke remains present at all times. Nice bottling. 89 points
Soft, elegant, but with volume. Mild sherry, light raisins, some salt. A touch of pineapple. Almonds, marzipan. Moist earth, distant smoke from the chimney fire.
Sweetish, spicy. Baked apple, raspberries, caramel, walnuts. Some nougat and hazelnuts. Smoky leather with a hint of pepper.
- Aroma / Nose feeling:
What a pleasant fragrance when opening the bottle flows into the nose. Even after pouring, you do not have to carry the glass to your nose, but you can sit half a meter away from it and still smell some of the wonderful aromas.
Sweet smoke and strawberries and blueberries seem to have been added to the mash. My boys sometimes drink a Waldbeer dilution juice. This comes to mind immediately. It's been a long time since I've eaten this, but I can suddenly remember marshmallows, which we used to melt from time to time around the campfire.
Where is only the alcohol? The 50.1% Vol. Hide completely. The malt is zero killer. I like that very much, very well. The Ardmore refill Sherry Hogshead is becoming more accessible and fresh and "open".
Walnuts, malt, some peppery oak, dark chocolate, slightly salty pistachios and bergamot round off the nose.
Taste / mouthfeel:
The nose was promising and the taste can meet the expectations as well!
The single malt is stunningly flattering. This sweet smoke - really nice! Strong and creamy with only slightly bitter grape seeds, orange peel, vanilla and some ashes, it fills the mouth.
If I had to describe it I would compare the malt with a "creamy forest berry vanilla ice cream in a chocolate mantle dipped in a sieved campfire ash".
Every sip more enhances the positive impression!
Finish / aftertaste / Length:
The long finish is still dominated by the sweet notes, although now make tannins wide and gooseberry comes to light. The smoke, of course, remains a constant.
More and more dry, but the Ardmore of GM remains a true mouthfeel.
Overall impression / comment:
This single malt is a gentleman smoker - very fine, balanced and really perfectly matched.