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Ardmore - Traditional Cask

My default inexpensive single malt

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@DavyReview by @Davy

15th Nov 2013

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For $30 a bottle (year-round at my local shop), I'm not sure you can do better than this. It's a peated Highland, so it's sort of an all-arounder, with none of the thinness or off-notes of similarly priced single malts like Speyburn Bradan Orach, etc.

The nose is mostly sweet, dominated by honeyed barbecue sauce, with complementary undertones of maple and smoke. On the palate, it's pleasantly full-bodied with lots of Highland honey and more smoke, and an oiliness that calls to mind boiled peanuts. The finish is nice and long, with a bit of ash.

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4 comments

Rigmorole commented

Costs $40 where I live in USA

5 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

With this one, I pour out about one third, let it get some air, and then pour it back in. I find this whisky needs time to stabilize into a nice flavor. It starts out sharp and then grows deeper and more well round in time after the bottle has been opened

5 years ago 0

@Davy
Davy commented

I think I'd agree with that, though I never think to do it when I buy a bottle!

5 years ago 0

@Iggy
Iggy commented

Agreed it needs a little time in the glass wjen first opened. O,I'll admit my prejudice being from Ardmore (PA). At about $32.00 it's tough to beat. Sweet, smokey and a respectable linger. When you return to the bottle you'll find it has opened up nicely. Not a Scotch for an occasion but a good occasional dram.

4 years ago 0

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