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This is a young malt (6-8 years) finished in the quarter cask. If it sound a lot like Laphroaig's Quarter Cask they are owned by the same parent company. The only other products Ardmore has are 25 & 30 years as most of their spirit goes into blends.
This is a straightforward malt that comes charging straight at you. It starts off with a spicy pepper blast that reminds me of some cigars like an Arturo Fuente Sun Grown or most stogies from Tatuaje or Don Pepin Garcia.
Flavor wise it starts off with hot red pepper and a light peat. It's light in body with some dry sherry and vanilla. There is a pepper and smoke finish that goes down dry but satisfying.
This is one of my more enjoyable single malts. I realize it's not complex at all but it has a flavor pop that doesn't confuse or overload my simple palate. My cabinet score rates it a little higher but I'll be more honest on my review score (as much as I can be).