Ardmore 18 – TWA

The last one from the Landscapes series that was in the Bottle-Share. Ardmore, the peaty speysider. There are quite some Ardmore’s of this age out there and a lot of them are very good. There are, however and of course, also some lesser ones out there that can get quite thin if bottled at 46% or lower. This one is at cask strength and smells promising!

Nose:
A rather old fashioned scent in which you can taste a bit of age. Grassy and hay-y with some vanilla, cereal and some cinnamon. There also quite a bit of wood to sniff out.

Taste:
It tastes a bit lighter with fresh vanilla ice cream, a hint of acidity. Mostly its quite sweet though. A hint of pepper is in here too. Suddenly I got Indian curry. Maybe a bit misplaced but that’s what I thought of.

Finish:
This is the first part of the whisky that I am reminded of the peatiness of Ardmore. It was there all along but here it stood out. White oak. The finish is quite long and very present. Nice!

This is definetly one of the better Ardmores I have tasted. It kind of reminded me what I like about Ardmore, although the Kintra version did a pretty good job of that too.

Ardmore 18, The Whisky Agency, Landscapes series, 49.9%, 1992-2010, € 79 at Van Zuylen.

Nose: 8
Taste: 8
Finish: 9
Overal experience: 9
Price/quality: +1

Total: 35 points

4 stars

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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