With a capacity of 4.2 million liters of alcohol per year, Ardmoe is one of the biggest distilleries in Scotland. Most of it however, is used in blends like Teacher’s.
Single malt Ardmore is mostly found at independent bottlers, with official bottlings only consisting of the NAS Traditional and Legacy expression. Ardmore is also one of the few Speyside distilleries to use peated barley.
This Ardmore has aged for 14 years in First fill Bourbon casks, it’s a vatting of cask 6158 and 6160. It’s bottled at 57,9% ABV
Color: Pale gold
Nose: Some pears and sour lemon, then some ash. The peat is quite subdued, but there’s quite a bit of heat coming from the nose. After a while, it gets a bit sweeter with banana notes.
Palate: Drying oak, tar and ash, then some pepper. A very simple palate, too bad some of the fruity notes from the nose don’t come through.
Finish: The ash continues for a while, some very feint hints of honey.
I’m not a fan of this one. The nose is already quite simplistic, and the palate even more so.