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Ardmore - Traditional Cask

A giant but a hidden gem

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@WTCReview by @WTC

13th Dec 2010

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Another giant but a hidden gem, because until recently the malt from this East Highlander went mainly in to Teacher's. That's changing, though. Bought by Beam Global a few years ago this malt, matured partially in quarter sized casks, has won a great deal of acclaim since it was launched as a single malt in its own right.

Nose: Not the easiest to take to initially, with savoury, rootsy notes, some bamboo, and a gentle hint of seaweed and brine.

Palate: A savoury taste and a grower if ever there was one - olive and artichoke compete with grumpy peat and finally some sweetness appears, like the belated arrival of the sun after a particularly intense storm.

Finish: Delightfully peaty, briney and long

this is in our festive tasting.

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@AboutChoice
AboutChoice commented

@WTC, this has been one of my favorite single malts ever since I purchased it on a whim. I find it to be a charming, and engaging smoky Speyside, with a lot to offer, and different from anything else ... except a definite resemblance in Teachers blended Scotch (also very nice).

8 years ago 0

@WTC
WTC commented

@AboutChoice I have recently come to appreciate this a lot too, hadnt really figured on my radar until dominic had it in a tasting. A good bottle to have in. I imagine it is in teachers? (since both are Maxxium brands) Tony

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