Daily Dram - 2013
Malt Maniacs Awards
What's in a name? Ardmore Traditional whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Ardmore Traditional whiskey, rather than whisky.
Nose: Full of caramel. Toasted oak is evident and rich and just the faintest peat has muscled its way through.
Palate: Lots of barley and cereal notes, oodles of rich bourbon, smoke and peat still present. Charming interplay through the caramel sweetness and the vanilla spiced oak.
Finish: Has a sharp edge, more caramel and sugary barley notes and a lanolin smoothness and more tapering smoke.
A very unmistakable single malt, with full peaty flavour. Absolutely love to drink it. Very easy to sip. Lovely!
U Bartsch, North Berwick, Scotland
12th September 2014
Very smokey/peaty which tends to dominate palate with long but subtle smokey ness. Good if you like your peat, I brought it to try however seems I prefer the sweeter whiskies!
8th September 2014
For the same price, the HP, but priced $15 lower in my area, buy the Ard and put the difference to a bottle of Lag 12, C.Ila, or Bal. 12/15. For a whisky drinker of modest means, a bottle of this, Glenmorangie 10, OPulteney 12, and a 10-12yr Islay would be a tasty shelf. A Rating within class, not absolute.
2nd July 2014
30th May 2014
I jumped in seeing it said there's a hint of peat. There's definitely a nice touch of peat, caramel, and honey on the nose. Palate consisted of the subtle touch of peat, light caramel, hints of smoked meats and a bit of roasted almonds creep in. Finish was short but sweet. I did not find the harshness that others have mentioned either, i found it rugged, but smooth. For a sub $50 Scotch Whisky here in the US, its quite a good find, I didn't expect much, but will definitely buy more in the future.
9th April 2014
Wasn't expecting too much, but I figured for the price I would give it a shot. I was very happy with my purchase! I got none of the "harsh" notes that others have referenced, and actually found quite the opposite. Even at 46%.
Nose: Honeyed ham, light peat, caramel (but almost more of a white sugary sweet), and a touch of salt air. Dried fruits have come out on my second tasting that added to the sweetness.
Palate: US Milk Chocolate (was not expecting that!), peat but it did not overpower other tastes, slightly salty, smoked meats, and caramel.
Finish: Short to moderate. The sweetness carries though and is rather prominent. Many other peated Scotches I've had have a straight peat finish that overpowers other flavors. And while it's there, it allows the other flavors to shine. Quite smooth.
6th March 2014
Traditional Cask is a peated Highland, so it's sort of an all-arounder (a'la Highland Park 12), with none of the thinness or off-notes of similarly-priced single malts like Speyburn Bradan Orach, etc.
The nose is mostly sweet, dominated by honeyed barbecue sauce, with complementary undertones of maple and smoke. On the palate, it's pleasantly full-bodied with lots of Highland honey and more smoke, and an oiliness that calls to mind boiled peanuts. The finish is nice and long, with a bit of ash.
5th December 2013
Great value for such a well made whisky. Its a Highland whisky on the border with Spayside. If you like peated give it a try, you will not be disapointed. Johnny Norfolk
20th November 2013
This is not a bad wee half for the price yes I will buy it again dr
8th November 2013
This is an incredibly young whisky, very raw on the nose after first pouring, probably 5-8 years old. reminds me of 'Glen Orrin' Aldis own scotch but 3 times the price of the Ardmore. takes at least ten minutes just to open up and when it does, with a drop of water the peat dissipates and yes; there is plenty of caramel & oak with a touch of highland fruitiness but none of these flavours are deep or long lasting, I was drawn to this for its relative price, non-chill filtering & 46 degrees but I was disappointed, ardmores consumer research department has obviously spent a lot of money watching the whisky trends. It has 2 out of my 3 requisites of a 'craft' whisky, but I was very dissapointed. Spend your money elsewhere guys!
16th October 2013
I found this an interesting Highland Whisky. Smooth and quite strong on the peat, which I personally enjoy. What a great price for a 46% Single Malt.
9th September 2013
Picked up a 750mL for $25 at a Boston area chain store (Kappy's) at the suggestion of the store manager. I was surprised they something costing as much as dreadful Jack Daniel's could be so satisfying. I will admit it's on.the rougher side but then again I look forward to a good peaty bite. All in all one of the best deals I've ever gotten on a single malt. Strongly recommended, especially if you're not familiar to peat and don't want to jump right into laphroaig or lagavulin or the like.
5th July 2013
A very nice dram, with just aout the right amount o smoke for its bourbon character. Perhaps a bit rich and would not want more than 2 or 3 at a time....an excellent alternative to Laphroig if you don't want as much smoke.85/100....struth
14th May 2013
I've been drinking a wide range of single malts for about 20 years and was given this single malt as a present. However I find it very hard to drink and a thoroughly unpleasant experience. I much prefer other single malts.
11th April 2013
Like others before me noted, this whisky can be initially hard on the palette - very peaty and sweet at the same time (in a bad way). Quite unlike anything else I have tasted. However, a hearty splash of water makes all the difference - Gone are the (too) sharp, in your face notes, and you're left with a smooth easy-to-drink whisky. Probably wouldn't buy again due to better choices, but reasonable whisky.
It has sat in the middle of my collection for weeks. It's not one I am drawn to. I find it has a bitter taste to it. Strong peat, unfortunately not in a pleasant way, like a lagavulin, laphroaig or talisker.
I'd rather a bottle of bowmore legend for that price.
26th March 2013
46deg yet very smooth and drinkable neat, commendable non chill-filtered bottling. No age statement and a little research suggests a vatted malt of 6 to 12 years. Definite 'Teachers' creaminess.
Very attractive smokiness and on first taste seems to be a wonderful find. However there is very little complexity and the finish is simply caramel, getting sweeter. On reflection I wont be buying another bottle.
25th March 2013
Cheap whisky is good, because is cheap. Actually it is difficult to find something better for this money.
22nd March 2013
I will not pretend that this one could benefit from a little more time. I can say though that this one is quit nice for the $30US that I paid. It has a richer oak finish than most ten year olds and the smoke/peat is not nearly as medicinal as an Islay. It really is unique to any Single malt I have tries.
8th February 2013
This has a very smooth taste to the palate. I love the smokey aroma of the peat and the smokey taste. I use to drink Laphroaig which has an overwellming smokey aroma and and taste. I was pleasantly surprised to stumble onto Ardmore. The price is also more reasonable. A toast to everyones health for Christmas and the coming New Year.
26th November 2012
As a whisky drinker who tends to drink Islay malts 9 times out of 10, I have to say I really enjoyed this malt, nice amount of peat with a lovely fruity-ness that follows after the peaty taste starts to fade coupled with a pleasing oily texture, I will say it doesn't have the compexity and length of some Islay malts, but it is fantastic in it's own right, if you're looking for a Islay malt you wont find it here, what you will find is a very good peated whisky from speyside that's not chill-filltered and is great value for money.
2nd January 2012
Quite a burn to it, and on certain pallets can almost tend to TCP, but the proof is in an empty glass demanding to be filled. Definitely one to get again.
27th December 2011
needs a dash of water. realiable dram though. otherwise i wouldnt be on my 7th bottle
8th November 2011
Truly a good whisky. The nose is smokey peat, which is a pleasant. A bit sharp at times on the palate, but overall a fairly smooth end.
25th July 2011
So many whiskys are so much better on the nose from an emptied glass. Try it, it will be a revelation. It is def the case with Ardmore.
5th April 2011
The MoM notes are about right. I would add that the initial oak is quite vinegary and young. It is a bit harsh due to its age but, give it a chance,it is a decent and interesting dram. Not one I would rush to buy again.
Very nice and easy to drink
25th December 2010
Maybe I had a bad bottle, but I found this completely undrinkable
1st July 2010
Not at all bad - lots of peat at first with a hint of sweetness. The ending is a bit weak but very smokey.
24th November 2009