The Scottish company Whiskybroker.co.uk has an Ardmore fourling on the market. They had filled a refill sherry butt with spirit on 15th October 2009 and after about 8 years they re-casked the whisky to 4 oloroso octaves. This is a small cask which speeds up maturation. The octaves got the same cask number, but the letters A through D were added. I’m not sure what happened to casks A & D, but I know that casks B & C are bottled. Cask 2642B yielded only 72 bottles, while cask 2642C yielded only 68 bottles. I’ll gladly put them head to head. This is cask 2642B at 57.4%, the lightest in color of the two.
The nose on this one is slightly better? More smoke, more fruit, some tobacco and a lot of nuts. Mostly roasted nuts, actually. I smell popcorn, butterscotch, chocolate, tobacco leaves and plums. What a difference.
Mouth coating and sturdy arrival. Immediately peppery and sweet, but also quite herbal. Green herbs, nuts, coffee grounds, blueberries, plums, peach and chocolate. This is quite nice.
The finish is medium long, very sweet with a bit of smoke on nuts and café frappé.
In so far that people were still in doubt: the cask makes a very big difference! This is clearly the better of the two.