Samaroli Ardmore 2011 10-Year-Old Cask #801902 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Samaroli

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A 10-year-old Ardmore, single malt Scotch whisky, from legendary Italian, independent bottler, Samaroli. First fill ex-bourbon cask #801902 was filled in 2011 and bottled in 2021, yielding just 191 bottles. 

 

Official Tasting Notes

Nose: Soft and mellow with intense and very long notes of cocoa, vanilla, straw, pear, cherry, grapefruit and caffeine.

Palate: Aromatic and sharp taste, slightly smoky and rightly peaty

Finish: Licorice yogurt and barley soup.

 

Ardmore was built in 1898 and has been a key ingredient in the Teacher's blend throughout its history. It's one of the few highland distilleries that has continued a regime of lightly peated their whisky. The peat is sourced locally from St Fergus and makes up about 60 percent of their annual production.

 

Samaroli is Italy's most revered independent bottler; indeed they are one of the most revered bottlers in the world. The company was founded in 1968 by Silvano S. Samaroli who initially was a spirits importer. However, within a decade Samaroli had become the first independent bottler of Scotch whisky, outside of the UK, in the world. In the 1980s Samaroli released a slate of whiskies that, due to their quality, whisky connoisseurs worldwide clamoured to procure. These 80s releases have since become truly legendary, fetching enormous sums of money when they pop up at auction. Some of the releases from this era are heralded as the best iterations of certain distilleries ever produced. Beyond just his phenomenal palate, Silvano was a pioneer in the world of whisky. He was one of the first bottlers to embrace the notion of cask strength whisky and was also one of the first in the industry to recognise the need for no-age statement (NAS) whiskies.

Silvano retained ownership of Samaroli until 2008, at which time Antonio Bleve took the reigns; however he remained closely connected to the business until his death in 2017. Today, Samaroli produce, in total, only 12,000 to 14,000 bottles of whisky annually.  

 

 

 

Group:
Whisky
Type:
Whisky
Style:
Single Malt
Country:
Scotland
Region:
Highlands
Producer:
Samaroli
Size:
700ml
ABV:
45%
Age:
10
Vintage:
2011