Ardmore

Ardmore 16 Years Old 2000 Old Particular (44.5%, Douglas Laing, Refill barrel #11168, 84 Bottles, 2016)

Ardmore 16 Years Old 2000 Old Particular

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 44.5%
  • Age: 16 Years Old
  • Bottling: Douglas Laing, Old Particular, Cask #11168 , 84 bottles
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £discontinued
  • Origin: Ardmore distillery
  • Vintage: 2000
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What they say

A deliciously smoky 16 year old Ardmore, aged in a refill barrel from May 2000 to June 2016! This was bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range, with a small outturn of just 84 bottles.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

  • Nose: Meaty malt with a whiff of bonfire and smoked ham.
  • Palate: The ham notes acquire a honey glaze. Barley persists underneath, imparting vanilla notes.
  • Finish: BBQ and chocolatey toffee.

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 second was aged for 16 years in a refill barrel and bottled at 44.5% ABV.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Mid gold (7/20), quick, medium tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: Fresher and zestier, orange and lemon peels, dry and dusty, milled barley flour, peat, lemongrass and white pepper, muted peat smoke.
  • Taste: Soft white fruits, peach, apricot, white flowers, apple, dusty and dry, white pepper, barley flour, lemon cream, a little buttery, vanilla, white musk, peat ash and light smoke.
  • Finish: Medium, drying milled barley.

Overall

Another quite light dram from a refill barrel, perhaps tamed a little more and some better developed fruit flavours arising, a little spiced in places, what it gains in fruit from the 14 Year Old 2000 expression however it loses in peat/smoke influence.

Score 83/100

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