Another old and rare whisky from Ardmore. I almost tasted this just to make my friend Tom jealous, because he’s a big fan of Ardmore. As actually, am I. Only this year I started to realise the quality this distillery has to offer. Then I kind of had to rave about it because I bought a barrel of the stuff.
So seeing this at the collector’s stand at a very reasonable price, I thought why not. Let’s see what the old stuff was like. Also these old Sigantory’s from the dumpy bottles have a pretty good reputation.
REMEMBER, Ardmore was direct firing their stills back then, with coal.
Ardmore 1977 Signatory Dumpy 58.1%
Nose: Different to the modern stuff as so much of the 1970’s stuff is. Not much peat, spicy, floral, a little soap, ginger, white pepper, malt, a little ash, porridge, chalky, quite austere though.
Taste: Intense, great arrival on lemon juice, oily, then classic Ardmorian buttery peat and smoke, hot ash, malt, oak, chalky, porridge, white pepper and great oily white truffle.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Oily, buttery, dry oak, austere, some black pepper. A little fizzy at the very end.
Bottled 2000, at 23yo. With water it loses the nose, and the taste is more fresh fruit with green apple. The white truffle note is very cool and unique, haven’t found that on anything else. The equal of the G&M Talisker I just reviewed.
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Whisky Network Review #631
Network Average: 74.5
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 22
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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