Ardmore 14 Years Old 2000 Old Particular (48.4%, Douglas Laing, Refill barrel #10593, 195 Bottles, 2014)
- ABV: 48.4%
- Age: 14 Years Old
- Bottling: Douglas Laing, Old Particular, Cask #10593 , 195 bottles
- Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £discontinued
- Origin: Ardmore distillery
- Vintage: 2000
What they say
This is an independent bottling of Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, presented by the wonderful folk at Douglas Laing. It was distilled by Ardmore in 2000, when the distillery still used direct heating of their still, and left to age in a refill barrel for 14 years. It was bottled for the Old Particular range in December 2014 with an outturn of 195 bottles.
What I say
Distilled at the Ardmore distillery, famed for peated production. Still a distillery I have sampled relatively little from as I would err towards Islay for peated whisky, or many of the newer “peated” editions from numerous distilleries across Scotland now. This was part of a pair I tried, both 2000 vintages by Douglas Laing bottled a couple of years apart. The first was aged for 14 years in a refill barrel and bottled at 48.4% ABV.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: White wine gold (6/20), medium-fine tears and long fine legs.
- Nose: Dusty and dry, lemon rind, vanilla, peat smoke, biscuity barley, mineralic, anthracite, coke-like peat, wood ash, lemon puff biscuits.
- Taste: Medium-light bodied, neutral-sweet, lemon, dried lemon slices, vanilla custard, sweet pastries, brown toast, a little honey, dry, ashen peat, quite gentle on the palate.
- Finish: Medium-long, barley sugars, bbq ash and black pepper.
Quite gentle and reserved with a nice dry minerality, overall lemon/vanilla and highland peat predominate, educational.
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