Alexander Murray Ardmore 9 Year Old 2008

Alexander Murray Ardmore 9 Year Old 2008

(0.75l, 46%)


6.4/10
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Speyside or peated? Why not both!

Alexander Murray is an independent bottler founded by Steve Lipp in 2004. The company is named after his great uncle who inspired Steve’s love of Malt Whisky, introducing him to the Spirit many years ago ― and also possessing a name with a much more Scottish ring to it. And although Alexander Murray operates out of California these days, they focus on Scottish Single Malts with an honest passion of seeking out the rare casks that make up their signature blends and special edition releases.

The Ardmore Distillery has a unique way of operating where it mostly produces an unpeated Malt but dedicates a fraction of each year to making a peated one. It's a Speyside distillery, but it's also peated! Looks like they've found a way to have their cake and eat it too. The catch here is that the two different juices come from the same distillery, meaning they can be married together and keep their Single Malt label. Clever buggers! Most of their stuff still goes to Teacher's, but this little baby was matured in refill Bourbon barrels and handed over to the Alexander Murray guys. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
    Speyside
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    Ardmore
  • Age
  • Maturation
    refill Bourbon barrels

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smoky
vanilla
caramel
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earthy
floral
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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Deep gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The nose is complex, smoky and, earthy. But it's also restrained, with fruity and floral notes.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
It's a campfire smoke extravaganza, but it's also much deeper than that. There's vanilla, caramel, and a pleasant fruitiness in the background. Some spicy oak is also in there.

Finish
Finishes long with the smoky and fruity notes lingering. 

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Ratings & Reviews
Martin
Martin,
Didn't realize the amount of smokey-ness that I would taste. Still good strength though. Wine-cask finish does come through.
 
Jared
Jared,
Like roasting apples on a campfire with a puff pastry on the side. Tastes similar to Teacher’s Highland Cream, which is not surprising given that Teacher’s has a lot of Ardmore in the blend.
 
Paul
Paul,
This is a very good smoky whisky in the same vein of Laphroaig 10. This has a little more smoke and peat but without as much iodine/medicine. While the medicinal flavor is still there, its smoothed out by some leather and caramel. This is definitely a good whisky that is priced appropriately.
 
Paul
Paul,
My first impression was of tree sap and tobacco which was not enjoyable. However I took it slow on the second tasting as enjoyed it more. What I picked up as tree sap was spicy oak, with tobacco, smoke, and caramel also present. There is a fruitiness in there somewhere that perhaps citrus and vanilla. The earthiness is only on the nose for me, but perhaps is expressed as tobacco for me. Because of the tobacco like earthiness, I have a hard time enjoying this on a normal basis. However, I do think this would be a great camping whisky.
Paul
Paul,
I posted this for the wrong whisky and can't figure out how to delete it.
Michael
Michael,
Smokiness was a bit overpowering
 
Brandon
Brandon,
It might have been the smokiness, which I typically don’t mind, but I got hints of rubber in this one.
 
Amy
Amy,
I really liked the caramel flavor on this one. It can stand on its own, however I think it would be really good in mixed drinks. I think it would be good for someone who is new to Scotch.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, elegant, Single Malt Scotch Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a complex life leads to a long & smoky death with notes of fire, tobacco & leather.
 
Bradley
Bradley,
I normally don’t care much for peaty scotch, but this one was not overdone and was surprisingly smooth. Alexander Murray makes some real good Scotch and I prefer some of the others, but still this one is better than expected.
 
JOSH
JOSH,
Surprisingly good! The smokey flavor brought back memories of campfires! I'll definitely be adding this to my bar!
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Great 9 year!
 
nick
nick,
Smoke heavy
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Tobacco and leather flavors. Some body and sweetness. Very good.
 
Michael
Michael,
My first taste of scotch, so I'm giving it an eight but might adjust that later after trying more. Smoky in the beginning, started the tasting neat, but then on the rocks brought out the Vanilla and caramel. Finished with some Coke and tasted some spicy fruity flavors.
Michael
Michael,
After having the 12 year old 2002, gotta say I prefer the Ardmore! Still rating it an 8 though.
Jarrett
Jarrett,
This was a good one, it was Smokey up front but right under it was the sweet speyside flavors
 
David
David,
Too smoky... not my cup of tea.
 
Ian
Ian,
Perhaps it is my bias for smoky whiskys, but out of the 9 year old, 12 year, and 15 year, the 9 year was my favorite. It had little bite, and had a delicious smoky aftertaste.
 
David
David,
Too smoky for my tastes...
 
Eli
Eli,
Sweet, lightly floral, underlying peat, heat on the finish. A bit boring but not bad
 
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