Ardmores from 1992 chosen by independents often get noticed. But we must say that with no less than 70 expressions, finding a good malt was maybe easier. Here we have a blend between two cask that seem to be bourbon barrels. Small report…
Nose : The nose is a bit shifty. The honey seems to be the background though. We then find fruits (peach yogurt type with a bit of mango), a salty hint in the middle of a dense vegetation (pines, mint). Water gives the impression to get a greener mango, menthol and a dash of lime. A fresh and very pleasant nose but it lacks a bit of scope.
Mouth : There is a beautiful power though, blending honey, malt, barely ripe mango, blackcurrant, bloody orange. Without water the malt dominates the debate without a doubr, still with this slightly smoky vegetal trickle. The water mainly eases the honey and gives roundness to the malt (lightly chocolaty).
Finish : It ends on smoked malt lightly rounded by salted honey. It’s too short though (quick dispersion of the fruitiness).