Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Calculated age
14 years old
Refill Sherry Hogsheads
939 + 940
56.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Added on
12 Jun 2017 8:29 am by Mischi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 82.90

25 × in wishlist

75 × member ratings

78 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardmore 2002 GM

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.39 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2017]  ...a sherry cask matured whisky and a "Germany only" release - so I expect sulphur.  

    Oooh, no sulphur!  Did they hear the bang or is this just by incident?  Actually it is a quite nice dram with the typical (light) Ardmore peatiness escorted by delicious sherry and barley sugary flavours.  All nicely balanced both in the nose and on the palate.  No flaws in the mouthfeel and finish that I can find.  The finish is long and sherry wine-sweet with nice peaty flavours that really pep it up.  Water turns the dram smoother and releases more aromas so I like it reduced better than neat.  Just the nose stays punchy even after water added...

    I just had a 2cl sample because of my fears of sulphur but most probably I will get me a full bottle of this delicious stuff.  Well done, G&M!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A great malt. I hope nobody reads this ...
    • Nose
      Ashy and oily smokes along with spicy orange peel, chocolate, typical Ardmore workshop, as if 100 liters of sherry had passed through an exhaust, cigar tobacco
    • Taste
      Chocolate smoke, beautiful and pleasantly powerful onset, very creamy, a lot of oak, a lot of heat in the mouth, no dryness
    • Finish
      There is the engine room again, then the smoke comes with a pleasant bitterness, the whole chocolate whip hits you

  3. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yes delicious. Amazingly little smoke for an Ardmore. Since the Portwood OA has much more. The sherry is very well integrated. The alcohol note comes to me but a little too much. It gets better with water. The high ratings in the base, I can not understand. Since I prefer to buy two bottles of Classic of Islay for the same price ...

  4. Bosi scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    A really very good Ardmore, which fortunately stands out from its often very boisterous younger counterparts. The sherry barrel is superbly chosen and gives the whisky a nice complexity without taking away too much of the power.
    • Nose
      The nose is surprisingly fruity at first and the typical greasy, greasy Ardmore smoke comes across a bit more subtle.
      After the first impression, notes of sherry with figs wrapped in bacon and Werthers Echte come to the fore.
      In the background there is a light, but pleasant, earthy mustiness. The metallic aroma, especially found in young Ardmores, can only be guessed at in this bottling.
      After adding water, it's finally there: the classic "Ardmore workshop". There are now strong citrus aromas.
    • Taste
      The strong start with candied almonds is followed by oriental fruits, fruit cakes, more nut flavors and the mustiness that can already be recognized in the nose also resonates again.
      With water, the texture becomes even more oily and here, too, citrus notes take over and the sweetness almost completely disappears
    • Finish
      The finish is long and somewhat dry and leaves an interplay of sweet and herbal notes. The nut flavors are still present and with water a refreshing saltiness remains in the mouth.

  5. butt scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. Ivynor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Big slaughter, an impressive whisky of maturity
    • Nose
      91 91
      Superb nose, very sherry and very delicious, with baked cake, candied orange, and covered with a very fine peat. The whole is superbly melted.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The palate is very easy, delicious, oily, well marked by sherry (dark chocolate, hazelnut, mocha, candied oranges), a little spice and vanilla. The peat is still well integrated.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Final in the continuity of the mouth, delicious, sherry, peaty, perhaps more iodized. We note some notes of very sweet pear and black cherry.

  7. MadScientist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Sandman23 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Benny85 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    I think Scheros description with "workshop" and "100 liters of sherry through exhaust" somehow pretty good. I would join that; However, it does not quite meet my taste.
    I would probably rather resort to springbang 12er CS, if I want something dirty with sherry and bit of smoke.
    but qualitasmäßig is already pretty good!
    Edit: is getting better. My first assessment was premature. Now I would almost give him the 90th ... wait ...

  10. DocF scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The bottle has been "darkened" a bit since opening and is very similar to the previous bottling of 2016.
    • Nose
      Orange peel, blockade, mirabelle plums, a hint of cinnamon, especially compared to the Laphi cozy smoke, hot campfire, hot coffee, railway sleepers in the sun, menthol, later ripe plums, a hint of lilac, with water: the "first nose" is back, Orange peel, cinnamon, herb-fruity, later lilac blossom, hedge trimmer full of oil and resin, which has spent on a Thuja hedge. Time in the glass works wonders, lilac, acacia honey, hammer!
    • Taste
      Without water too many turns for my taste. Dark-malty with water, coffee, block malt, plum jam, orange peel, sweet, caramel, Bailey's, spruce forest.
    • Finish
      Resin, spruce forest, moder, malt beer, coffee. Ordinary portion of bitterness, medium long, warming. Caramel, oranges, blockade left behind.


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