I am in Edinburgh Airport and they have a bottle of Ardmore Quarter Cask OB for sale - ridiculously cheap. Has anyone tried it?
Also I've been doing some hunting around and have not seen it available anywhere. It looks like it's a duty free offering only.
Anyway, I tasted the whisky last night, perhaps under sub-optimal conditions as I was tired, and I didn't do a formal tasting note. But here are my first impressions based on memory:
N: on opening there were citric notes - lemon and grapefruit, but these faded with time. There was a peatiness and a slight sweetness. There were earthy and woody notes like a dunnage warehouse.
T: citric at first, but this faded; light dry smoke like in Bavarian smoked cheese; vague oakiness; smooth mouthfeel
F: sweet smoke and then slight mint; short finish that vanishes entirely after 10 minutes
Overall, this is a subtle and delicate whisky - the peat is sweet-dry but not at all seaweedy, coastal or medicinal. It is also quite quiet and restrained. Unlike many of the special peated mainland whiskies, this carries the peat well. It doesn't feel like a bolt-on. The quarter casking has done the job well, and there is no trace of youth in this whisky, despite the absence of an age statement.
Obviously, Ardmore is the principal flavouring whisky in Teachers and this does taste rather like Teachers, but without the spicy grains. This isn't bad whisky, but it does feel more like an ingredient than a finished product. It needs something more to underpin the peat. The short finish is disappointing. This bottling certainly isn't in the league of the excellent Centenary 12yo OB; G&M Cask 1990 or the SMWS 66.16, all of which had longer finishes and probably slightly more depth to the peat. But it does offer a new experience to peat freaks and is probably good value for money.
If someone has never tried Ardmore before, then I'd definitely recommend they try this. If they have tried Ardmore before, then I'd say it's not worth going out of the way to find it.
On edit - found a weblink including photo
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mattbuty wrote:les taylor wrote: I feel happy about that. But not as happy as Di Blasi with his haul today.
Yeah but you've alrerady got a bottle of the lag 21 haven't you?
Matt I have. But this was Di Blasi's haul. Yesterday was the Port Ellen 7th Release! Today, Lagavulin 21y, (yes, I got it!), Mackmyra Preludium: 05, and Nikka From the Barrel!!!
Matt 2 ardmore's or Di Blasi's shopping list. No contest.
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