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22 Mar 2011

Ardmore 1992 (Daily Dram)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Ardmore

Ardmore distillery was built in 1897 by the son of Adam Teacher and is still the key ingredient of the Teacher’s blend. About 60% of their production is peated (12-14 ppm).

Ardmore 1992 Daily Dram & LMdWThis 18 years old Ardmore 1992 was a joint bottling of The Nectar of the Daily Drams and La Maison du Whisky.

 

Ardmore 18 yo 1992
(47%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams 2010)

Nose: a smoky nose with charcoal. Some apple / pear notes and ripe banana (maybe papaya even) but what sets it apart are the waxy / oily overtones (candle wax). Nicely integrated whiffs of oak and vanilla. Some heathery notes. A bit austere maybe, but I love the wax. Mouth: sweet and remarkably soft, with honeyed lemon juice, green apples, peach and sugared almonds. Some cereal notes. Earthy peat, still some waxy notes and a faint salty note. Finish: clean and long but not very intense, with a nice almond / banana combination, soft brine and lingering smoke.

This Ardmore shows a nice interplay of dry soot and sweeter fruity notes. The nose is the best part for me, as it looses some subtlety on the palate. Around € 70 (which means good value for money). Still available from LMdW – hard to find in other shops.

Score: 87/100

Ardmore 1992 (Daily Dram) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-03-22
  • MARS

    For me, it’s the palate and the finale who are interesting. The nose is not bad but that’s all.

    I like this one even better than the laphroaig daily drams from last year.

    MARS

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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