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