Being the first highland I’ve tried so far the Ardmore Traditional Cask is most definitely unique. Having been in production for over 100 years the Ardmore distillery has some pretty rich history, including still using Peat originating from the moss they started with in 1899, one of their facts that I found most interesting. If you have the time check out their site and read a little more.
Nose: Maple, sugar, beef franks, cherries and a strong hit of peat. There is a strange type of sour/sweet smell that reminds my of beef franks for some reason but that is closely followed by a fruit reminiscent of cherries.
Palate: Sweet fruit, chocolate, lavender, brown sugar, dry wheat, and a heavy peat. This one tastes a lot like a fresh oak campfire in the best way. It is unlike any scotch I’ve tried yet although I imagine it is a good example of a Highland malt as this is my first from that region.
Finish: A short finish leaving the peat as the main thing to hold on. Not a lot for me to say here.
Overall: 6 out of 10
I like this one, it’s unique enough to stand out from the others I have tried so far which will make me come back to it.
The Macallan 10 year from their Fine Oak collection is my favorite Single Malt Scotch to date. Now with that strong of an opening statement I suppose I should elaborate on why I feel that way.
Nose: A very wooden nose with a thick maple syrup and brown sugar feeling, the weight of this one seems to almost pull your nose down to the drink itself, drawing you in as a warm hearth would in the cold of winter.
Palate: Very calm on the tongue with a mild heat and a thick body this Scotch goes down more smoothly than any I’ve tried yet. It has a pallor oak flavor reaching forward, a hint of berries, and a burning hum of a wasps wings.
Finish: A lengthly finish leaving most of it’s flavor then as it dies out you get a hint of dark chocolate.
Overall: 8 out of 10
Being a triple cask matured single malt from the Speyside region this scotch has seen the insides of European oak casks seasoned with sherry, American oak casks seasoned with Bourbon, and American oak casks seasoned also seasoned with Sherry. It’s a minimum 10 year and this scotch really feels like it has come of age. The taste it leaves you with is very mellow, very smooth, and of the ones I have tried so far (about eight) this one is the best.