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Ardmore Traditional Cask Scotch Whisky

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Ardmore Traditional Cask Scotch is the recent release of the Ardmore distillery of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which also produces the great Teacher's Highland Cream. It is classified as a light-medium peat sourced from a local bog and is double matured, once in used American oak bourbon barrels and once in the old-school quarter casks. The result is a distinct, affordable Scotch whisky that makes a fine, if not short-lived addition to the market.

Pros

  • Wonderfully peaty and rich Highland malt Scotch.
  • The second maturation in the quarter cask adds a pleasant dimension.

Cons

  • The smoky peat can take you by surprise at first.
  • Only 3,000 cases produced for U.S. market.

Description

  • Double Matured, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Produced at the Ardmore distillery in Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • Master Blender Robert Hicks, Distillery Manager Alistair Longwell
  • Imported by Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.
  • Retails for around $45-50/750ml bottle
  • 46% alc./volume (92 proof)
  • Released in March, 2008

Guide Review - Ardmore Traditional Cask Scotch Whisky

Ardmore Traditional Cask has the aroma of creamy peat and ripe fruit. It begins smooth and rich, but the peat makes an almost immediate appearance for a genuine experience. This tangy, peat punch made me step back for a minute and is backed by a gentle, creamy vanilla and fruit. The finish is full, warm and succulent that makes a lasting impression.

Enjoy this whisky at its full bottling strength or add a bit of water to release a dry aroma and sweet fruit, which are otherwise transparent characteristics. But don't be afraid to mix Ardmore Traditional Cask, at this price you can afford it and its smoky, distinct peatiness adds an extra level to some of the best Scotch cocktails of all time. That said, don't go mixing it with just anything; spend the money on the best vermouths, amarettos and whatever else you're going to use. Anything else would degrade the Scotch significantly. The Rusty Nail, Rob Roy, Affinity and Godfather are all worthy cocktails.

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