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Douglas Laing: Provenance: Ardmore 10 Year (Scottish Highland Whisky: 10 Year: 46% ABV)

Visual:Very pale gold. Thick, fast streaks come from the spirit.

Nose: Salt. Peaty moss. Black pepper. Clean alcohol tingle. Light sulphur. Brown bread. Water adds a make spirit touch.

Body: Vanilla fudge. Salt. Peat. Slight golden syrup. Brown bread. Water adds sweet honey, oily peat and caramel.

Finish: Beef slices. Moss. Smoke. Salt touch. Water adds oily peat. Pepper.

Conclusion: Now this seems surprisingly full on for an Ardmore. It’s a spirit I’m more used to associating with a mix of heavy sweet Highland character and well used moderate peat character.

Neat this has a clean alcohol and salt style that calls more to a sort of Islay or Island character than usual for the spirit. It isn’t a heavy part of the whisky, but at this point the spirit really isn’t showing the sweeter notes of an Ardmore so it comes through a lot more than you would expect.

Water brings out the sweeter honey and caramel notes –but it still has the slightly more rocky, salty notes haunting it in an after image. A nice mix, if not what I was expecting. The whisky doesn’t react much to the water beyond that. It is a decent match of styles but doesn’t pull a lot from the sweeter Highland style to make it stand out. While I can appreciate the more Island/Islay style character, as a smooth but medicinal whisky it can’t compare with, say, a good Caol Ila.

A decent, Island touched, sweet dram, but not a stand out one.

Background: So, final time around – Mini whisky samples! Woo woo! Though it does mean I no longer have an excuse to make that Undertale reference. I am sad. These were donated to me by Independent Spirit for me to do notes on – much appreciated! Being a sample this is a smaller measure than normal, so may be slightly shorter notes that usual, not that I’m complaining. From a quick google this looks to be the 2008 distilled, 2018 bottled edition, which would make it aged in a refill hogshead cask. This was drunk shortly after the previous notes, so I was still listening to Byzantine.

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.

Ardmore 25 Year (Scotland: Speyside Single Malt: 51.4% ABV)

Disclaimer: tasted at a whisky show, this was a comparatively short measure so the tasting note is similarly reduced as I did not get time to contemplate the full range. However I still felt it worth sharing my thoughts on these whiskys I would otherwise have been unable to experience.

Visual: Light straw

Viscosity: Slow puckering, then the trail takes a long time to form.

Nose: Light straw, some peat, but overall a very light nose.

Body: Light golden syrup initially then the heavy peat growls though. Smoke, heather and honeycomb. An unusual and exciting combination of flavours.

Finish: Light grain and peat, alcohol punch and then a final trail of salt.

Conclusion: A formidable but light whisky, no salt until the end and without any of the medicinal qualities that often come with peated malts. Surprising and exciting. This is a worthy alternative for a peat head, or a brilliant taste for someone who normally is put off by the harsh elements. Expect to see some of the younger (and more in my price range) expressions being tasting noted later.

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