Ardnamurchan

Ardnamurchan AD/09.20:01 (46.8%, OB, 2020)

Ardnamurchan AD/09.20:01

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46.8%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £44.95
  • Origin: Ardnamurchan distillery
  • Vintage: Undeclared
ardnamurchan-2020-inaugural-release

What they say

We’re very excited to finally see this release from Adelphi’s west coast highland distillery. This edition of Ardnamurchan’s single malt whisky has been bottled from a 50:50 split of unpeated and peated spirit using 65% ex-bourbon casks and 35% sherry casks. The bottle will be equipped with a QR code for you to access the blockchain technology which will provide the entire supply chain history for your bottle (incredibly innovative stuff!).

Official Tasting Notes Honeycomb, waxy peel, oyster shells, brine, strawberries with black pepper and bonfire embers.

What I say

Dram #5 from Water of Life Society Tasting 104 Unconventional Tasting. The final dram had a hint of peat smoke and I had an inkling this was likely from another new distillery…

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Manzanilla (3/20), slow-forming, medium tears and fine legs.
  • Nose: Smokey and mentholic, later malty barley, treacle toffee, nutty and salty a little odd, like salted cashews.
  • Taste: Sweet and sharp on the palate, very spiced and spirity, soft fruits, apples, some citrus lemon & lime zest, runny honey, lemongrass, white pepper.
  • Finish: Long, sweet honey spiced with pepper, chilli and finally menthol cigarettes return.

Overall

An interesting and slightly smokey and coastal Highland single malt. Whilst still showing signs of youth the smoke here really isn’t powerful enough and I was left wishing for something with a little more punch or oomph.

Score 80/100

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