The third release from the Ardnamurchan distillery in the Scottish highlands.
Ardnamurchan is the distillery built by internationally renowned independent bottlersÂ AdelphiÂ and the first spirit ran off their stills in July 2014. Designed andÂ built for quality and versatility, Ardnamurchan distil unpeated spirit for six months and peated for the other six.
Following the 2016 and 2017 releases, the 2018 AD is again â€˜spiritâ€™ rather than whisky, as it is not yet three years old.
This is a vatting from both peated and unpeated distillate, matured in both pedro ximenez and oloroso ex-sherry casks.
The distillery has a capacity of approximately 500,000 litres per year, although actual output is currently around half of that. They have four wooden (ex-cognac vats) and three stainless washbacks and a single pair of wash/spirit stills.
The distilleryâ€™s heat source is generated from a biomass boiler, run on wood chips from a local forestry, making them a pioneer in the Scottish industry for using renewable energy sources.
The AD series is expected to continue until 2021, when they will release their first single malt.
Official tasting notes:Â
Earthy mango and waxy orange peel with post-Manhattan glace cherries; Hobnobs, black pepper and distant Clyde Puffer smoke.