Today brings us to Ardmore's entry level NAS malt, Legacy.
The colour is a bright gold. Lovely peat wafts on the nose, with lemon zest, vanilla extract, fresh pastry, light honey and ginger. Faint hint of cinnamon. The peat becomes a bit smokier with water. Quite lovely.
On the palate the peat is a bit more restrained, with the dominant notes being lemon curd, light honey and more ginger. Silky mouthfeel. A bit peppery. The lemon could be dialled back a bit here, though water helps smooth it out and brings out the sweet malt.
The finish is tart with very pronounced citrus, candied ginger and pine. This is a nice Speysider but there is a bit too much emphasis on the citrus aspect, particularly on the finish where it is almost unpleasant.
OK only two more whiskies in the calendar left! So excited!
@Victor While not among the 50 in my top 10, I did rate Legacy higher than the traditional cask. Surprising as the former is 40% and the latter was 46%.
@Nozinan there remains no good substitute for actually tasting them all for oneself.