Review: Ardmore 16 Years Old 1997 – Cadenhead Small Batch

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Ardmore Distillery

Bottling: Cadenhead Small Batch

ABV: 55.2%

Cost: £55 for 70cl

Score: 85/100

Ardmore 16 Years Old 1997 Cadenhead Small Batch

What they say:

Distilled in 1997 and bottled at 16 years old in 2013, this Ardmore was bourbon matured and produced 552 bottle at outturn of 55.2%

Ardmore 16 Years Old Cadenhead Small Batch

What I say:

The Ardmore 16 Years Old Cadenhead Small Batch was bottled at 55.2% ABV and costs around £55 for a 70cl bottle.


Very pale gold


Vaporous and spirit this had a lot of alcohol burn, with hints of cereal and peat?


Cereal, sweet-ish like savoury woodland honey, slightly bitter and sour but crisp and delicate throughout, definite flavour of heathery peat (like highland or speyside)


Relatively short, quite refreshing and palate-cleansing

Originally sampled at: Jolly Toper Tasting 10/04/2014 dubbed ‘The French Connection’