Ardmore: Traditional (Scottish Speyside Single Malt Whisky: 46% ABV)

Visual: Yellowed gold.

Viscosity: Slow puckering, then slow streaks of moderate thickness.

Nose: Syrup, vanilla and massive peat. Evident alcohol. Slight sulphur and light oak. Slightly dusty.

Body: Big sweet syrup and peat, warming, Meaty textured – beef. Slight raspberry jam – only the tiniest hint though. Pear.

Finish: Peat, slight charring and again tiny jam touches. A lick of chocolate.

Conclusion: This really does the sweet peat style in a simple and striking way. Not hugely complex, but it does hint at a lovely jammyness in the sweetness. The 25 year old version is smoother, but this does a damn good job for the price it racks in at.

Brilliant peat, without the harshness – another whisky I’ve got plenty of time for.