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Ardmore 10 Yr. Signatory Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky

  • Ardmore 10 Yr. Signatory Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ardmore 10 Yr. Signatory Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 10
  • SKU #: 9651
  • $139.99


Ardmore 10 Yr. Signatory Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 10
  • SKU #: 9651
  • $139.99


Ardmore 10 Yr. Signatory Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The nose shows mesquite smoke with grilled peaches and apricots, sea spray, white flowers, white fudge, and honeycomb. The palate has an initial sensation of sweet wood smoke with fudge, grilled stone fruits, saltine crackers, and a lift of honey on the exhale. We enjoyed this dram quite a bit, and hope you do too! D&M Tasting Notes

This Ardmore was distilled a few days before Halloween in 2009 with around 15 ppm of peat in the barley and matured 10 years in a former bourbon barrel previously used to age Islay Whisky. This seems to be almost standard practice with Beam Suntory transferring their barrels from their Islay distillery after dumping to give Ardmore just a bit more of a peat hit. In September 2020 the barrel was dumped and yielded 178 bottles maintained at cask strength of 56.9% ABV.

Distilled: 10/27/2009 Bottled 9/21/2020 Cask #706483 178 bottles

In the 19th century there were actually two Ardmore distilleries in operation, though separated by geography and time. Armchair historians of Islay may recall that there was a distillery by that name that operated next door to Lagavulin from 1817 to 1835. None too happy about the close competition, the owner of Lagavulin bought them out... and shut this Islay Ardmore down. The Ardmore that we are concerned about was founded half of Scotland away in the far south-east of the Speyside district. This is a region known as the Garioch district, also home to Glen Garioch and Glendronach.

The first crisis of Scotch’s history had been building towards its eventual conclusion when Adam Teacher broke ground in the late1890s. Adam was the son of William Teacher, who is best known for the blend that carries the family name. Adam situated the new distillery on the land of a family friend close to the Grampian mountains. Among other reasons, this site happens to be at the highest point of the Northern rail line: from there it was proverbially all downhill to Glasgow. When the distillery opened in 1898, it was considered to be the height of modernity with a single steam engine powering the whole operation and the aforementioned rail line that ran right up along the side of the distillery. As Adam Teacher built this distillery to provide a backbone to his family’s blends, it was lightly peated from the very start. In fact, Ardmore is the only (to our knowledge) Highland distillery that has produced a lightly peated single malt throughout the entirety of its lifespan. Soon after the distillery was completed the Pattison Crisis hit, bankrupting and mothballing dozens of distilleries. Adam Teacher may have gotten his timing wrong, but with unabated demand for Teacher’s Highland Cream, Ardmore continued in operation through this dark chapter of Scotch history.

Fast forward to the 20th century and the number of stills has grown from the initial two to a total of eight stills since 1974. These stills are fed by 14 all-wood washbacks. Ardmore still employs a barrel re-cooperage on site for their barrel operations. After bouncing around a handful of corporate owners, today the distillery is owned by Beam Suntory and is still used as the backbone for Teacher’s. Beam-Suntory seems to be highlighting their other Single Malt distilleries such as Auchentoshan and Laphroig to the public, so Ardmore seems to be used primarily in blends at the time of writing; around 1% of Ardmore’s output is released as a single malt. As mentioned above, Ardmore is peated. There is growing evidence that the anecdotal differences in what we smell between Islay and Mainland peated malts have much to do with the composition of the underlying peat. If Islay gives more of a medicinal smoky character, Highland peat is said to showcase more of a woodsy, sweet, almost clove aroma set to its peat. Michael Kennel, D&M


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