#478 • Berry Bros. & Rudd Ardmore 2010 KWM Cask

Berry Bros. & Rudd Ardmore

58.2% alc./vol.
Ardmore Distillery, Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, Highlands, Scotland.

Another great discovery during the visit Québec Whisky de Andrew Ferguson, chief guru of Kensington Wine Market Calgary, here 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.

Nose:
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.

Taste:
Vanilla, citrus, honey and brown sugar. Oak, spices, peat and light metallic or mineral impression.

Finish:
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.

Balance:
Very nice effort, but unfortunately its defects exceed its qualities.

Note: ★★★★★

#273 • SMWS 66.35 Ardmore 9 years

58.2% alc./vol.
Ardmore Distillery, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

"Savory Smoke and spicy Sweetness".

"Tasty Smoke" and "Spicy Sweetness" are the descriptors chosen by the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society for this bottling of 9 aged elaborated at the Ardmore distillery.

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society , or SMWS , is the largest whisky club in the world, with more XNUMX XNUMX members spread across XNUMX countries. With their roots in the UK, they are so extensive that they can afford to buy whisky casks and bottle them for sale exclusively to their members.

Always single casks, bottled cask strength without any mention of the distillery, their expressions are always highly praised and worshipped. Although the percentage of alcohol and the age of the whisky are indicated on the mysterious bottle, no mention of the distillery of origin is found there. The only clue to its origin is in the form of a cryptic code that cannot be deciphered until one has access to the appropriate legend.

Here is the evaluation that will complete this Ardmore trilogy ...

As Frédérique Sophie Dorothée Wilhelmine de Wittelsbach, Duchess of Bavaria and then Archduchess of Austria, so aptly put it, or simply Sophie from Bavaria (1805-1872) said so well:

Our body is a house, which, with age, must be condemned because it can not be heated.

Seductive orange, amber pulling on henna.

Nose:
Very fruity when you raise the glass in your nose. We pull the covers very sharply towards the grapes. A rather woody smoke accompanies the whole, evoking a carbonized barrel as we talk so much about it.

Taste:
The fruits continue more beautiful, with an accompaniment of smoke and oak much more marked than nose. The grapes dry and become prunes, sprinkled with the spices of the sherry cask.

Finish:
Relatively long, stretching on medicated notes of caramelized grapes. Bitterness well dosed, like the best of espressos.

Balance:
A real d that warms up. Empty the caribou into the sink because when you come back from shoveling the latest February rim, it's a SMWS 66.35 that takes.

Note: ★★★★★