Ardmore 24, 1977-2004, Sherry Butt, 58.6% – Cadenhead

Generally I love Cadenhead. And also, I tend to love Ardmore. So when MvZ was pruning his collection and I could buy this bottle from him, quite a bit below current retail value, I jumped on it.

Ardmore 1977 CA
Image from Whiskybase

Of course, it wasn’t the only bottle and the lump sum only increased with every bottle bought, I did a bottle-share and used it in a little tasting with friends a while ago. Still, there’s a bit left for myself, which I’ll leisurely enjoy over the coming months.

After all, you don’t get to try 1977 Ardmore all that often, right?

Sniff:
Warming with hints of honey and licorice, a gentle whiff of smoke behind it. Bayleaf, oak, some salinity. Some mint powder, sweet orange grapefruit. Some ash too.

Sip:
The palate is quite sharp, but continues with the sweet grapefruit, mintiness and ash notes. Quite a lot of heat, and therefore dryness.

Swallow:
Sweet citrus, ash, lemon balm. Grassy, some honey. A long and drying finish with a bit of an afterburner.

It’s not the most complex of old whiskies. Also, I don’t think the strength of near 60% ABV helps it a lot. However, it does what it does very well. There’s some personal preference here, but I like the smoke and citrus flavors this one brings. Of course, a dry whisky helps anyway, but I love it in it’s simplicity.

88/100

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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