And another, this is the second bottle in a week from Edinburgh Whisky and Mrs Apocalypse is not happy with me after I received a generous sample from the chaps over in the Capital because I have also ordered a bottle.
I love Ardmore, I see it as a sort of diet peated whisky, Peat Light, if you will, I’m a big fan of the oft reduced Ardmore Legacy which you should be paying twenty pounds for, it’s NAS, it’s 40% and it’s a brilliant intoduction to smoky whisky, the 12 Year Old Port Finish is also superb at 46% and the Traditional, also bottled at 46%, is a joy.
But on with this.
This is 46%, it’s non chill filtered, it’s from a single cask, Ex Bourbon Hogshead and there is no colouring in either and it’s around eighty of your hard earned cash.
Nose. Iodine and burnt wood, smoked salt and smoked sugar, treacle tart, clove and honey smoked ham, very strong at first but mellows in the glass over half an hour, wood fire open fire and coal embers.
Palate. Smoked vanilla pod, which should be a thing if it’s not, the smoked ham has chilled out a bit, but it’s there in the background but perhaps more akin to Bacon Jam (which is a thing), little bit of chilli chocolate and dried strawberries with white pepper, the smoke comes and goes, balanced with the sweetness, a touch of molasses and smoked honey, which is also a thing.
Wonderful dram, my second Ardmore independent and just a wondrous dram.