A young peated Speysider from the excellent Ardmore distillery, Ardmore traditional Cask has been finished in quarter casks to speed up maturation. Gold Medal in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
This Speysider has such a lot going for it for the price. A great combination of peat and malt and smooth and oily texture. It'd just right for me and I will be re-ordering this one in bulk. A perfect marriage between Speyside and Highland malts.
- Jonty B, 8 days ago
Interesting. I always like to try new whiskies and didn't have a peated Speyside/Highland malt in my collection. It's not got the coastal character you often find with peated whiskies and it's certainly not as intense as the Southern Islay malts. It's very pleasant but didn't blow me away. Good value if you want to try something different and I respect their decision to bottle it non chill-filtered at 46%.
- The Colonel, 13 days ago
Bought this on a whim after reading the bottle, 1st dram straight.Wow so full of flavour rich peat palate with smooth creaminess.I normally drink laphroaig but im smitten,ill definitely be returning to this.
- mr A, 14th April
Just a drop of water is right but do try neat for the first dram. It has that hint of Islay nose moreso than palate. William Teacher and Sons own the Ardmore distillery and you can appreciate this wondrous malt with an almost state of worship knowing its a large part of the great Highland Cream. They also own Glendronach which I'm yet to try, thats one to look forward to.
- Ivor Windybottom, 5th Oct '12
@Bluesman: the different answers are because the boundaries aren't fixed. We go with Michael Jackson's classifications, so call it a Speyside.
- TWE Admin, 16th Apr '12
A great dram!!!
I don't understand why it's compered with Islay whisky, that's something quite different. One more thing, is it a "Highland" or a "Speyside"??? Different awnwers, depending where you read.
- Bluesman, 13th Apr '12
I bought a bottle of this today and I was quite surprised! I tried it room temperature, no ice. Immediately, I picked up on the peat and vanilla. The peat is not overwhelming. Next came the spice, then floral notes at the end.
The oily texture is great, especially for a whisky younger than 10 years! Highly recommended to those who love texture, enjoy sweet & fruity floral notes, and love that distinctive light peaty smoke.
And the color is like liquid gold. Beautiful!
- Nate, 13th Jan '12
A few ideas - Benriach Curiositas, Ballechin (Edradour's peated spirit), Benromach Peat Smoke + Organic Special Edition, and, for something a bit different, Balvenie Peated Cask (finished in casks that have held peaty whisky).
- TWE Admin, 26th Jul '11
Are there any other peated Highland/Speyside malts out there?
- Finn Flash, 26th Jul '11
Brought this on a whim, really glad I did. It has the richness of a classic highland whisky and the peatiness is pleasant rather than overpowering.
- MisterO, 18th Jul '11
Hmm, was expecting more of this.. Pleasant peaty nose but not that smooth on the palate in fact quite bitter and not really rescued by an admittedly long and smoky finish. It is good value tho and an ok into to the peaty's. If you like this you should so try a Caol Ila 12 or better still a Laphroaig 10 which I prefer to this one.
- James D., 7th Jul '11
why is it one cant seem to find the exact age of ardmore traditional anywhere?
- anonymous, 14th May '11
The divisions between the different whisky regions in Scotland are quire fuzzy and we go with what Michael Jackson (the writer) said - he reckoned that Ardmore was a Speyside.
- TWE Admin, 10th May '11
I got this and it is a highland malt ? Not speyside ?
- Kev, 28th Apr '11
I forgot to say... if you love this and want to treat yourself to a really fine bottle as a treat.... go for the Balvenie 17yr Peated cask. A similar idea to this, but older and smoother.
- anonymous, 18th Mar '11
My wife likes this more than most of my more expensive bottles.She drinks it neat, i prefer a touch of water, good value.
- DC, 2nd Mar '11
Loved this whisky so much I've bought a 2nd bottle while the first is only a quarter gone (don't waste the offer). I love the peatiness and long finish, but found I have to drink it neat as even a tiny drop of water seemed to kill a lot of the flavour. If a normal Speyside isn't bold enough for you, but Islay malts go too far, this is the whisky for you!
- Chris - Berkshire, 23rd Feb '11
Bought two bottles. Was a bit dissapointed at first because of the big peatiness. But my lord after I had gotten my head round it I found it impossible to stop drinking. Me and a couple of friends annihilated the first bottle in one evening.
- Dr Davison, Sheffield, 9th Feb '11
Good,but not impressed as expected
- Sakis(Greece), 19th Jan '11
Never tried anything from Ardmore before - but this is a truly superb whisky, especially if you favour peat. Regarding the water - it does have a lovely oily mouthfeel without, but I found with a very small amount (probably 5%) none of this was really lost and it really opened it up.