Ardmore Port Wood Finish 12 Year Old

Rich, Dried Fruits
2022-08-03
Older Whiskys from the Ardmore distillery are rarely found. Among the younger standards is the Ardmore Legacy, as well as the Ardmore Port Wood Finish 12 years, reviewed here.
Ardmore Port Wood Finish 12 Year Old
Ardmore Port Wood Finish 12 Year Old (Image Source: The Whisky Exchange)

See

A special characteristic of the distillery from the Scottish Highlands is that, unlike its neighbours, it uses peated barley and thus a fruity-smoky note can be found in the spirits.

Smell

An old solid wood cupboard in a room with a recently extinguished fireplace is the first image we have in our mind after having the aroma of the scotch in our nose for the first time. Slightly maritime-mineral aromas of a fruit cake follow. Every now and then we find red berries.

Taste

The Ardmore is dry and very sweet in the mouth. Red berries, fig and pine needles follow. A light peat smoke lies over everything.

Finish

Soft, relatively short and slightly smoky, but with flavours of oak and potting soil, the Port Wood Finish concludes.

Conclusion

The Port Wood Finish 12 Years by Ardmore is comparatively light and fruity sweet for a smoky whisky. No flavours that seem overdone, but nothing that knocks us off our feet either. The port notes could have been more intense.

67/100 - Good

Value for Money: Satisfying

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