Founded in 1898 by Adam Teacher, Ardmore increased its number of stills from two to four in 1955, and then to eight in 1974. Until 2002, they were all still direct-fired. With a peat level of 12 to 14 ppm, Ardmore is clearly reminiscent of an Islay single malt, as is this 2008 bottling, which invites us to cut peat with our own hands. This freshly cut peat fills the entire tasting. Much later, the retronasal olfaction enriches this particularly evocative picture with notes of smoke and ash.
Profile: the unctuous initial nose is characterized by an ultra-powerful peat. Chocolatey and spicy, it persistently floods the palate. In tune with the nose, pear takes over the sides of the palate. The mid-palate is refreshed with coconut milk. The finish evokes a custard tart, before becoming more herbaceous and spicy (pink peppercorn). Single Cask no. 800168 – First Fill Bourbon. Exclusive to LMDW.
Appearance : pale gold.
Nose : powerful yet unctuous. Typically Ardmore, the initial nose does nothing by halves and invites us to discover a scythe-cut peat. Very chocolatey and spicy (clove, nutmeg), this peat persistently floods the aromatic palette. In the background, a few white florals and chillies (cayenne) add to its heady character. Note the beautiful herbaceous and luscious register (verbena, sage).
Palate : rich, dense. Very much in tune with the nose, the attack is full of energy. Whole blocks of peat literally fall onto the sides of the palate. At the same time, coconut and juicy pears release their sweet juices and continually refresh the taste buds. The mid-palate is characterized by lots of different essential oils (savory, rosemary). Gradually, an initially translucent smoke becomes more intense.
Overall : silky, nourished. The rich finish is like a delicious custard tart. Gradually it becomes increasingly herbaceous (green malt) and salty. Pink peppercorn and clove bring lots of energy that enables it to finish beautifully on notes of red fruit (strawberry, raspberry). The intensely smoky and ashy retronasal olfaction reveals notes of tobacco and menthol. The fibrous empty glass pays homage to malted barley.