Thursday 22 June 2017

Ardmore 2008 Berry Bros & Rudd Review

Hi everyone,

Ardmore is a distillery I've just started to really discover in its true glory, thanks to the independent bottlers.
This one in particular is young and bottled exclusively for Belgium.

Ardmore 2008 Berry Bros &Rudd for The Nectar 46%
Colour: Straw
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Full of dirty smoke, slightly sulphurous with Parmesan cheese (literally never had that in a whisky before then I get two on the same day!), clean spirit, some malt, slightly earthy.
Taste: Clean arrival, youthful, green apple, then powaaar! big big smoke, very peaty, slightly medicinal, some salty seaweed.
Finish: Medium/Long. Salty and still very peaty.
A bit of a young peat monster this one! Good stuff but still very young, would have loved to have seen it after a few more years.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Hi Dave, I’m keen to learn about whisky; when you say it is very young, do you mean if I leave the bottle unopened for a few years it will improve?
    Just to let you know we pass and sometimes call in to buy from you when we visit our daughter in Swansea.

    1. Thanks for the comment! I'm afraid not, whisky only ages in the barrel and will not age further in the bottle like wine. This whisky will always taste young.
      Oh, cool. I might have served you then!

  2. And I’ll introduce myself the next time I’m in the shop!