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.