I see that it's 46% and unchillfiltered. Good start.
But I'm guessing that it's coloured, although that seems strange given the above.
I tasted Ardmore for the first time earlier this month at Whisky Live Glasgow and was really impressed. A friend handed me a mystery glass. I was convinced it was an Islay malt such was the peat and smoke. I was really impressed when it was revealed as an Ardmore.
I'll be heading down to Sainsburys myself to grab a bottle. At £14.99 you can't really go wrong. If it's as good as the Ardmore I tasted in Glasgow, great. If not, then I've got a cheap malt for any visitors looking for ice in their glass
I have only ever had Ardmore as one half of "Peat Monster". At first i thought the QC a bit one dimensional. Now it's been open a few days, and a a few drams in, it seems to have more character, or else i'm getting used to it. It's not bad - definitely different.
I find a typical speyside note, also apparent in, say, the Glenfiddich Solera, the Mac FO 10 and even the (surprisingly good)Lidl "Ben Bracken"(which some say is Tamnavulin) - a sort of grassy, cereal, butterscotch-but-not-sweet characteristic.
But in all the examples above that gives way to sweetness, whereas the Ardmore becomes peaty and dry!
Interesting, then, and increasingly enjoyable. Good, yes, but...not as nice as the Ardbeg 10!(similar strength, similar price!)
Couldn't agree more BB. But at £15 certainly worth it.
If I'm after peat I usually go for coastal influence such as Islay, Skye and Campbeltown but this is good in a smoky and dry way. Beats other peaty highlanders such as those from Benriach and Tomintoul IMHO.
I've been in a couple of Sainsburys since the deal was launched and stock all gone now.
For those considering it, buy it now while you still can.
Last day of offer though instore - so be quick if you are still interested.
Guess it may have finished a bit earlier online due to available delivery "slots".
First impressions - very mainstream packaging / bottle design - no premiumisation going on here. Is this the first time in recent years that Ardmore has appeared in it's OB form?
No age statement, like other QCs, perhaps it's harder to pick by age when dealing with smaller casks.
Haven't tasted it yet, as the sun isn't over the yard arm yet. But quite enjoyed the Peat Monster (in a not too peaty, not too monstery way).
And the search also continues for Arran Amarone Finish
eelbrook wrote:The £14.99 "Ardmore" lies untouched and gathering dust in my local Sainsbury's. I've not bought, as I still don't know what to expect from it.
The Ardmore "quarter cask" or traditional cask is a good whisky definitely worth buying at £14.99. I found that it shared some similarities with the Laphroaig quarter cask with its sweetness.
I reckon after christmas we will see a bit of Ardmore Clearence (maybe back to £14.99)
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