An 18 year old Ardmore bottled by the Dutch Kintra Whisky. This comes out of a bourbon hogshead, cask 4907. It was bottled in 2011 at 49.8% ABV.
Color: Pale straw
Nose: Delicate fruit at first but it quickly gets overwhelmed by other notes. A strong vanilla one comes out at first. Digging a bit deeper, I get unripe banana and marshmallow. Play Doh! Almonds too, with time some more citrus. All of it is wrapped in a gentle dose of earthy peat.
Palate: Smooth vanilla again, quickly spiced up by black pepper and jalepeno. Banana, mandarin oranges, lychee, orange zest… this has some complexity to it. Some bitter oak to dry things out and a tarry note.
Finish: Oak tannins, some grass. Slightly ashy but still a fresh citrus note going on. Quite a long finish too.
Well, this one definitely surprised me. Lots going on, complex and ever-changing. I love the slight peat influence to make it bolder. A great Ardmore.