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Ardmore is known for being one of the few Highland distilleries making peated whisky, Most of their output goes into the Teachers brand of blended Scotch. This is the first Golden Cask bottling I've tasted and I was impressed with its quality(despite the hokey pirate/buried treasure theme embossed on the back of the bottle). One of 136 bottles (I feel very lucky to own one) and purchased at the Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum, Scotland.
Color: Bright Gold (Natural color)
Nose: Tantalizing peat weaving its way around ripe fruit (apples & pears). Vanilla. An array of bright spices. Barley grist with a citrus background. Earthy.
Palate: Very soft (even at 55.3%) with the peat more assertive now, Barley sugars, ripe fruit and spices (cinnamon, allspice, & ginger) combine mid-palate with the peat making for a wonderful tasting experience. A superb cask imparting just the right amount of tannin keeping the whisky in balance.
Finish: Very long and extending the palate experience. A puzzling hint of lemon shows up late.