Review No.88. Ardmore Traditional Cask

I will be honest and admit that I wasn’t really seeking this one out before I tried it.  I was working my through my list of entry level/core bottle of whisky from each working Scottish distillery and this was next on my list.  You may have noticed their Legacy bottling stocked in certain supermarkets and priced at a reasonable level.  I am not sure exactly what it is about this brand but I think the packaging has something to do with it, I have just never felt tempted to pick this one up.  Saying that, the flavour profile for Ardmore sounds right up my street.  Their single malts are used in Teacher’s blend and I believe this is what gives it smokey and heather notes. I got a miniature of their traditional cask bottle because I couldn’t get hold of a Legacy miniature just to see get a feel for what this distillery has to offer.


Whisky: Ardmore Traditional Cask Single Malt Whisky, 46%

Nose: Rich peat, raisins, sultanas, malt, cinnamon, ginger

Taste: Ashy peat, burnt toast, Christmas cake, leather, oak

Finish: Dark forest fruits, oak

Score: 2.5

Summary: This is a simple and straightforward single malt.  There’s not much I have to say about it apart from it has a nice balance of peat and fruitiness to it.  There is nothing that I don’t like about it and I could easily drink it as an everyday sipper. I think this makes for a good introduction to peated whiskies.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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