A 21-year-old Ardmore from an era when the moderately peated highlander was still using direct fired stills.
This single cask expression has been bottled by Adelphi, one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best loved bottlers of Scotch whisky. Distilled in 1996, this was bottled in 2017 as a 21-year-old. The cask yielded 236 bottles at a powerful 61%.
A roasty, burning wood note is first on the nose, while thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also grassy and spice notes, particularly on the palate. Just as weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve come to expect from these Adelphi Ardmores, though, is that gloriously long finish of wafting, earthy smoke.
Founded in 1898, modern Ardmore is known for being a unique distillery amongst the east highlands in that they mildly peat their spirit. Located in Kennethmont, south of Huntly, the distillery uses locally sourced peat from St Fergus on the east coast. With a PPM of between 10 and 15, about 60 percent of their annual output is softy peated like this.
In 2002 Ardmore removed their direct-coal heated system to replace their stills with an indirect steam heating. While steam is more efficient and provides a more even heat, there is an argument that the unpredictability of directly-heated stills gave extra character and nuances. Ardmore was one of the latter distilleries to remove their direct-heated system.
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