Ardmore 20 Year Old
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Highland
  • Distillery Ardmore
  • Age 20 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation Ex-Bourbon and Islay single malt casks
  • Alcohol 49.3%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • vanilla
  • herbs
  • apple
  • pear
  • apricot
  • melon
  • oak
  • salty

Ardmore

20 Year Old (0.7l, 49.3%)
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Ardmore cracks open a rare 20YO release that speaks of the Highlands and the salty sea.

William Teacher, needed a steady supply of Whisky to support their famous blend — Teacher’s Highland Cream. So, his son Adam founded Ardmore distillery in 1898 in the Highlands of Aberdeenshire. One of the things that makes Ardmore so unique is that they are one of the few Highland distilleries to dry their malt with peat smoke. So their Single Malts taste like a hybrid of a fruity Speyside and a mild Islay. For years all production went into blends. Now owned by Beam Suntory, they also have four, popular core Single Malt releases and occasional special editions.

Speaking of hybrid special releases… Ardmore 20YO Single Malt Whisky is an oddity — but it sure is a tasty one. It is comprised of twenty-year-old classic Ardmore Single Malt. But those two decades of time in the cask was time spent apart. Half of the spirit is aged in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks and the other half in refill Islay Single malt casks. We’ve tasted a lot of Whisky in our day, but this is a first. The result is a wonderfully complex dram that has strong notes of stone fruits and vanilla coupled with a bit of smoke and salty brine that tingles the tongue.

Smartass corner:
The name Ardmore comes from the Scots Gaelic “Àird Mhòr,” meaning “great height.” Perfect for a Highland dram, don’t you think?
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Highland
  • Distillery Ardmore
  • Age 20 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation Ex-Bourbon and Islay single malt casks
  • Alcohol 49.3%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Antique gold.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Peat on the jump with apple, peach, citrus, apricot, dark chocolate, and oak. 

Flavor / Taste / Pallet
Full, waxy, smoke that parts to reveal vanilla, pear, herbs, and more melon.

Finish
Gentle but long with peat and juicy sweetness.
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  • smoky
  • vanilla
  • herbs
  • apple
  • pear
  • apricot
  • melon
  • oak
  • salty
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
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