Ardmore 2011 9yr old Càrn Mòr, 47.5% ABV, (1272 bottles.)

Appearance – This whisky is dark burnished copper in colour, it beads up on the swirl line, and has thick legs.

Nose – This is a lovely rounded, full and slightly fizzy nose, it kicks off with barbecued meats, smoked bacon and seared pineapple rings, apricots, and hazelnuts. It’s enveloped by sweet liquorice, cigar leaves and warming oak spice.

Palate – A beautifully fruity ash initially with a lovely oily mouthfeel, lemon slices, oranges, and pomegranates, then a warming spiciness with ginger, cinnamon and black pepper, cream soda sweetness, icing sugar and oak linger throughout, it all makes for a superb palate.

Nose – It’s a long, warming and lingering finish, spicy, with chilli, black peppercorns, cinnamon, oak, ginger and hand rolling tobacco. There’s an earthiness too, and it’s married so well.

My thoughts – This goes to show that a cracking bottle of whisky can cost less than £50. I’m a fan of independently bottled Ardmore, and this is another to add to the list.

Would I buy a bottle? – Yes, it’s a wonderful bottle full of flavour for under £50, what’s not to like.

Notes – This bottling is non chill filtered and natural coloured.

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Picture credit – Aberdeen Whisky shop.

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