Ardmore 17yo (1997/2014) Reserve

Ardmore 17yo (1997/2014) Reserve


From one of my favorite distilleries comes a G&M special release for the Belgian market: a single cask Ardmore handpicked by the ambassador himself.

1939829_544588312345349_224960699611Cask: Refill bourbon barrel #5555

Nose: with a whiff of smoke, a subtle layer of peat with a spicy edge, a bit of chocolate and fumes of smoked wood

Mouth: a high alcoholic burn on the tongue with notes of citrus and spicy oak
(with water added: sweet notes of peach and pine resin)

Finish: medium to long mouth drying finish with mainly notes of citrus and soft vanilla.
The Verdict

like many others I can appreciate the sting of  alcohol  once in a while, but when it dominates the flavours of my dram I’ll eradicate it without mercy with a dash of water. Don’t drink this one neat if you want to enjoy the palate! Not bad, but can’t say that I would pick this one over the cheaper OB “Traditional Cask”.