Ardmore Distillery, Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, Highlands, Scotland.
Another great discovery during the visit Québec Whisky from Andrew Ferguson, chief guru of the Kensington Wine Market in Calgary, this is an Ardmore 2010 Cask Strength, bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd for the KWM.
The distillery Ardmore was founded in 1898 by Adam Teacher, The son of William Teacher, the same Teacher as the one behind the blend blend Teacher's Highland Cream. Malt goes almost everything in this blend, there is not much for single malts, so even less for independent bottlers!
We are so lucky to be able to taste this Berry Bros. Ardmore. & Rudd, a Strength Cask and more!
As the actor, director, producer, screenwriter, theater director, draftsman, writer and illusionist so well said George Orson Welles (1915-1985) said so well:
There are three things in life that I can not stand: hot coffee, warm champagne and cold women.
Fruity peat, caramelized malt. Leather and vinous tannins. Wood, vanilla and salt complete the picture. Once again the alcohol level is hidden in the shadows, surely ready to stab us as soon as we cross our path.
Vanilla, citrus, honey and brown sugar. Oak, spices, peat and light metallic or mineral impression.
The spices explode here, but they amplify the mineral side of whiskey rather than hiding it. Slight error. Even peat is too discreet to save the furniture.
Very nice effort, but unfortunately its defects exceed its qualities.