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Overall rating
87.00/100
votes
2
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Fire-roasted Sweet Potato
Vintage
21.06.2005
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
66.94
Number of bottles
150
Strength
60.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
06 Jan 2017 1:45 pm by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 59,11

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Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 2005 SMWS 66.94

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.00 points

  1. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great ex-Bourbon Ardmore, who does not have to hide behind the Islay whiskys with his elegant, fresh smoky notes. Very round, very fruity-sweet with a slight maritime impact. Lacy Malt! (MMn)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Sewing machine oil, tarry ropes, an intense sweet-saltiness, salted-soft candy-string and rhubarb & lemon-lime & gooseberry crumble with some boozy custard-cream and cow-pats. Boy its salty and austere, neat that is. The SMWS roasted garlic note is inspirational given the sweetness. Adding water doesn’t change the profile a jot. Overall impression is of a salty & oily peat bomb with complexity to be had amongst the peatiness.
    T: A creamy, salty, sweet and malty arrival neat with ‘intensity’ the key word, even with water. Malted chocolate notes develop before moving onto honeyed, husky & creamy [bourbon] oak. If you're wondering how oak gets creamy - 11 years in ex-bourbon is how. It hints at a fruitiness with water but the salted, sweet maltiness remains stalwart - which is just fine. A little sour into the finish.
    F: A continuity persists with the complimentary notes jostling for position throughout. The malty, cereal-sweet and oily-sour vegetal saltiness remain vibrant till the last. Hums at the death.
    C: SMWS Ardmore is back up there again as one of the best peated malts in class, after a small dip in excellence. I reckon the Laphroaig WBpips this for depth of complexity and this becomes a tad tiring after a while, given its intensity - not un-reminiscent of Octomore in that respect. Still, it’s very good. Blog

  3. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Silvery gold

    Flavour Profile: Lightly peated

    Delicate sweet peat smoke intermingled with salty sea air
    like a beach campfire barbequing soy-braised pork bellies as well as
    fire-roasted garlic and herb sweet potatoes. As the sun dipped into the ocean
    with the sound of a single guitar being played it was impossible not to start
    dreaming. Back to reality and on the palate the initial impact was that of dry
    smoke which was quickly replaced by the burnt sweetness of grilled fruit skewers
    with a spicy maple cumin glaze. Diluted; it felt like a warm summer’s breeze
    had set in and we enjoyed grilled honeydew wedges with lime sugar.

    Drinking Tip: Campfire on a beach at sunset

  4. mandragoru did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes:

    Delicate sweet peat smoke intermingled with salty sea air like a beach campfire barbequing soy-braised pork bellies as well as fire-roasted garlic and herb sweet potatoes. As the sun dipped into the ocean with the sound of a single guitar being played it was impossible not to start dreaming. Back to reality and on the palate the initial impact was that of dry smoke which was quickly replaced by the burnt sweetness of grilled fruit skewers with a spicy maple cumin glaze. Diluted; it felt like a warm summer’s breeze had set in and we enjoyed grilled honeydew wedges with lime sugar.

    DRINKING TIP: 150

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