Gordon & Macphail Ardmore 1996 (16 year old) 43%

Age: 16-18 yrs
ABV: 43
Bottle size: 70
Primary Cask: European Sherry
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Dist: 1996 Btl: 2013
Tasted: July 2014
The nose displays an obvious sherry influence (dry Oloroso?) –dried gape, raisin and sweet orange peel along with a pervasive, dry smokiness.

The palate opens with the sweet-ish dried fruit – date, raisin and walnut. Gently smoked, which is a little hidden by the sherry character, but that tart citrus note on the middle cleanses the palate pleasantly, allowing the crisp barley spirit and light smoke through. There is a lovely progression with a harmonious balance between the spirit character and the sherry cask. I have to say this is the best G&M bottling of Ardmore since the 1985, which was bottled in 2000.



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