That Boutique-y Whisky Company recently presented this smoky Ardmore 14 Year Old. Not much more to say…
Ardmore 14 yo
(49,5%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company 2018, Batch #5, 582 btl.)
Nose: quite gristy, mildly smoky, showing hints of wet gravel. Hints of tequila and a green fruitiness. A little wax. Walnuts and hints of herbs. Not the slightly tropical fruit notes that we like in 1990s Ardmore, this is more mineral and earthy.
Mouth: quite oily, close to the raw materials again. Sweet peat, biscuity notes, bread, lemons and nice hints of peaches. Spicy notes, think chilli and a hint of ginger. Again a faint herbal edge. Not very complex but the balance of sweetness, minerals and smoke is spot-on.
Finish: medium, with ashes and some fruit poking through.
This is less seductive than most of the 1990s distillates but it’s certainly balanced, entertaining and highly drinkable. Available from Master of Malt.