Review: Ardmore 1996 – Distillery Labels
Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Ardmore Distillery
Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – Distillery Labels
What they say:
Long, smooth with hint of smoke.
Refill Sherry Hogsheads.
Robust Highland Single Malt.
AROMA without water
Rich Sherry influences with hints of stewed fruits and charred oak. A delicate smokiness develops in the background.
TASTE without water
Black pepper initially with green apple and ripe banana flavours. An underling peat smoke edge lingers.
AROMA with water
Hints of beeswax polish, red apple and plum initially. Complimented by a lingering menthol edge.
TASTE with water
Black cracked pepper with sweet strawberry and orange flavours. Complimented by cinnamon and a delicate trace of charred oak.
What I say:
Sampled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘The Wood Makes The Whisky’ Campaign. Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample. Distilled in 1996 at the Ardmore Distillery and bottled in 2013 after ~ 17 year maturation in refill sherry hogsheads.
golden amontillado amber (10/20) numerous medium tears leave medium-fine legs
Sweet and fruity, apples, pears, oranges, peach, plum, vanilla, coconut, toffee, oak wood, fudge, butterscotch, molasses, beeswax, polish, wisps of smoke
Oily and buttery, luxurious on the tongue, mellow fruit, peach melba, fruit cocktail – well integrated fruit flavours, fudge, leather, tannic tea, gentle peaty smoke and a touch of salted caramel.
Medium-long, buttery and creamy highland fudge balanced with salt, peach and wispy smoke
Possibly my most favourite Ardmore expression I have sampled. This is reserved and massively well-balanced with a great complexity presented in such a smooth and approachable palate. Very nice.