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Ardmore distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery. The distillery is owned and operated by Beam Suntory, an American subsidiary of Suntory Holdings of Osaka, Japan. The distillery was built in 1898 by William Teacher’s son, Adam, to secure fillings for their blend, Teacher’s Highland Cream (of which it remains the principal component). It is located in the farmland of “the Garioch”, near the River Bogie and the village Kennethmont, Huntly, Aberdeenshire. Two stills were added in 1955, and four more in 1974, for a total of eight. The distillery had its own maltings until the mid-1970s, and its own cooperage until the late 1980s. Until early 2001 it used coal to fire the stills.
If peat is used then the whisky has a peaty. Here is the whisky:
15 Year Old Edinburgh Whisky Library Collection 46% 70cl
Producer Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.
Age 15 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
The Edinburgh Whisky Library collection has highlighted some very interesting whiskies since they’ve been launched and this Ardmore is another cracking addition to the range. First distilled in 2002 it has matured for 15 years before being selected to join this exclusive club of malts.
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Initially, like a doctor’s surgery in the ‘70’s – iodine, bandages, carbolic – then more complex, menthol and aromatic. The medicinal morphs into meaty, like a bad Tarrantino movie, old butcher’s block and heavily smoked ham. Salty. Intriguing smokiness intensifies – peat fire embers and newly snuffed out candles (with warm wax). Fresh walnuts.
Palate: Smooth, oily texture. More warming peat than medicinal now. Rich, savoury/sweet, juicy-fruit. Lush bourbon vanilla wraps around the smoke. Light spice. Hint of rubber. Caraway seed. Smoked German sausages anyone?
Finish: Great interplay of the smoky, savoury and the buttery. Rich, thick and aromatic. Long heather honey finish.
Thoughts on whiskey: ”I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.” Ava Gardner
Here’s tae the heath, the hill and the heather,
The bonnet, the plaid, the kilt and the feather.
A h-uile la sona dhuibh‘s gun la idir dona dhuibh!
May all your days be happy ones.
Slainte Mhor Agad