Ardmore 1996 has Rich Sherry influences with hints of stewed fruits and charred oak.
Ardmore 1996 has a delicate smokiness develops in the background – the Ardmore 1996 palate has black pepper initially with green apple and ripe banana flavours with an underling peat smoke edge lingering
The Ardmore distillery is located in the far South-East of the Speyside region and like its neighbours Glendronach and Glen Garioch is considered to be a Speyside by some and a Highland by others.
Actually, this Ardmore isn’t the first distillery to carry the name. Between 1817 and 1835 there used to be another ‘Ardmore’ distillery on the island Islay.
That one was closed & incorporated by Lagavulin in 1837.
Rumour has it that Ardmore uses relatively heavily peated barley, which may account for the rich, powerful character of the malt whisky produced there most of which is reserved for the Teachers blended whisky.
The distillery is owned and operated by Beam Suntory, an American subsidiary of Suntory Holdings of Osaka, Japan. The distillery was built in 1898 by William Teacher’s son, Adam, to secure fillings for their blend, Teacher’s Highland Cream (of which it remains the principal component).
The distillery had its own maltings until the mid-1970s, and its own cooperage until the late 1980s. Until early 2001 it used coal to fire the stills.
Unlike many single malts, barrier filtering, rather than chill filtering was used. Ardmore Traditional Cask was superseded by Ardmore Legacy in 2014, with ABV reduced to 40% and chill filtration used.
This was a slightly controversial move, as many whisky enthusiasts prefer barrier-only filtration and the higher ABV, both of which help to preserve more of the malt’s character and flavour.
Ardmore Traditional Cask will be re-launched in early 2015 as Ardmore Tradition and will continue to be 46% ABV, and be only barrier filtered.
Also due for release in 2015 are Triple Wood and Port Wood expressions, both bottled at 46% ABV and barrier filtered only.
Ardmore 1996 – Hay Wines
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