Friday, 17 April 2009

ARDMORE Vintage 1994 12 years old 46%

Modest yet confident peat backed up by a marked oiliness and an almost tobacco-like sweetness. A faint echo of apples.

Quite oily as indicated by the nose. Superb peat of a gentle and sweet nature partly counterbalanced by murky and rather mushroom-like malt.

Initially more of that sweet peat but eventually the malt gets a bigger say with delicious spices and smoke.

Bottled by Speciality Drinks aka The Whisky Exchange. This is an unusually heavily peated Speysider. If you manage to steer clear of the notion of this as a surrogate for your Ardbegs and Laphroaigs (this is nowhere near as powerful), then you will reap a rich harvest here.

Rating: 8/10

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