Ardmore 1995 GM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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
de Germany
Added on
24 Dec 2016 4:20 pm by whiskyinstitut
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 144.92

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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 1995 GM

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.89 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [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...

    [December, 2019] I opened another bottle that I bought for 140,50 Euro in January, 2017. I fully confirm my old review and score.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. Vince' scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Amaliana scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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

  4. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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 !!!!
    • Nose
      Strawberry juice, cherries, more light ashy to charred smoke, not to at most a little maritime, beautiful roasted aromas, orange jelly
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      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

  5. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      strawberries, cherries, syrup, quite fresh actually, wet smoke, brambles, really smooth.
    • Taste
      87 87
      more powerful than the nose, earthy smoke, black berries, sweet forest fruit.
    • Finish
      88 88
      chocolate, spicy, nutmeg, rather long

  6. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    2 cl sample
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I like the Ardmore 20yo (WID: 102030), so a quick comparison with that.
    Of course, the difference is that the 20yo comes from bourbon barrels and the GM from sherry casks.
    The GM is necessarily darker and heavier than the 20yo. Also, the smoke is a bit more restrained, but also darker.
    For me both really delicious malts. The 20yo is lighter and fresher and the GM has beautiful sherry barrel hold and is more set.

  9. Dottore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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

  10. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      Sweetish, spicy. Baked apple, raspberries, caramel, walnuts. Some nougat and hazelnuts. Smoky leather with a hint of pepper.


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