MrTattieHeid wrote:Trying to remember what an "ard" is.... Whatever it is, Ardmore is a big one and Ardbeg is a little one.
Ardbeg --> "Small Height" Ard (Scottish Gaelic - high) beag (Scottish Gaelic small).
Ardmore --> "Big Height" Ard (Scottish Gaelic - high) mór (Scottish Gaelic - big).
Both can be found on my distillery names article: http://www.peatfreak.com/art-distilleryNames.php
There havent yet been added many Ardmore tatsing notes to my tatsing notes database, but there are two of myself it seems, one from Cadenhead's, and one form the smaller independent Ultimate (Van Wees in Holland), if that is any help to you andrewfenton. Both notes can be found here: http://www.peatfreak.com/Cnt.php?search=ardmore
If anyone has any tatsing notes to add for this (or any other!) distillery, then please be my guest and add it =) (if you make use of my free program its just a click on a button I guess...)
Excuses for the blant self-promotion, but I thought in this case it really was helpfull, aside of the spam!
I had (yes... had ) a 16 YO Ardmore G&McP (1981), which was indeed a very good dram. A fruity and nutty nose and a sweet and woody taste... according to my tasting notes. Correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know Ardmore is only bottled by independants.
Up until now that has been true but I'm told there is or shortly will be an Ardmore OB.
karlejnar wrote:Trying to remember what an "ard" is
And "ard" in danish is something very different than in Gaelic.
It is a small stoneage kind of plough. And btw the symbol used for different clubs and the like here in my hometown Arden.
Sorry couldn't resist this one
Thanks, Karl Ejnar--I'll file that information away for the occasion when I have opportunity to make a bilingual Gaelic-Danish pun.
Frodo wrote:hpulley wrote:The Signatory Unchillfiltered series Ardmore '92 is a wonderful dram. Amazing stuff really, though its the only Ardmore I've had so I can't say much about the distillery output as a whole. Pick one up if you can.
Even at it's price point?
$70 and $79? Absolutely! I think I'll be picking up another shortly since there isn't a lot new to buy these days at the LCBO.
Anyway, the whisky. Malty is the central theme - it's very cereal based, so if you like that type of whisky this is definitely a potential buy. The mouth feel is silky-smooth without being particularly oily, while the palate is mainly sweet malt with a medium body. It's light-to-medium peated, maybe 15ppm - about the same as Clynelish, but slightly less than west coasters like Talisker or Ledaig. This gives it a nice weight most Speysiders don't have - most pure bourbon cask examples are quite "delicate", if that makes sense. It's also moderately complex, but you don't need to go searching for the elements to enjoy it - a good anytime dram.
Summary: 85 points. It's very pleasant, easy to drink, yet with quite a lot of character. Of this sector of the market it's competing against the likes of the "quality", interesting, not mass-market, mostly non-sherried Speysiders: Braeval, Cragganmore, Longmorn, etc. If you like your malts to have malt, then this is definitely worth trying.
Edit: another dram, and I finally hit on what it reminded me of. It's like a better version of Springbank 10 - the same cereal, peat and sweetness combo, but without that slight immaturity and harsh finish that hurts the Springer.
Lawrence wrote:Yes go for the Glenfarclas 105, I love it.
Your post tipped the balance, so I did Excellent value for £31. It's not maybe as sherry-layered as A'Bunadh, but the fruitiness makes it enjoyable in other ways. Terrific, terrific dram - I think this and A'Bunadh will alternate in the sherrymonster section of my whisky shelf
Also purchased an HP18, Oban14, and Glen Scotia14. Way too many open to try those yet though
I also done some whisky scouting today and picked up a bottle of the Ardmore Signatory 1992 (Feb.92-Aug.03) 11 yr old.
Should say that's slightly different from mine, which was a 1992/2004. I think you may have got the better bottling, since I've seen some reviews giving yours marks in the upper 80s.
Willie JJ wrote:Yep the new OB Ardmore is peaty and delicious. If you like peated malt you should check it out, but it won't hit you like an Islay. Its a lot more subtle than that.
I'm with Willie on this one. Its a very pleasant Dram. A bit like HP12 with a wiff of Peat. Definetly buy it.
Great? i dunno! Certainly not a beginner's dram, and judging by my 25 YO singer friend, who' relatively new to whisky|( thanks to me she's moved from Glenmo to Lagavulin and A'bunadh in about a year!) she took a sip and said "No thanks! I'll have the Talisker!"
DramMeister wrote:OK, that's enough arm twisting, I'll buy it.
I won't be able to tell you want I think of it till after christmas (A present to myself via a proxy).
DM you didn't say you were buying yourself a present. Don't muck about, go and get the new Black Bowmore you know you want to.
DramMeister wrote:les taylor wrote:DM you didn't say you were buying yourself a present. Don't muck about, go and get the new Black Bowmore you know you want to.
What's the price on that Les?[/quote
DM it's only a mere £1,949.99. The first one was £93. So a bargain. I think you deserve it.
No not the Black Bowmore, but the Ardmore OB.
(It was £22 and a half pounds so you could get 86 and 2 thirds bottles of Ardmore for the same price).
There's no clue on its age but I did notice at the checkout it was 46% and non-chill filtered, and the tasting notes look exciting. Let's just hope Santa doesn't drink it before next week!
If anyone knows anything about how old it is I would be very interested.
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