Whisky Review: Hand in Hand Ardmore 2008 Selected by Sansibar Whisky for Liquor Library, Helvetica Bar, Whisky and Alement and The Oak Barrel

Style: Sweet and Smoky

Nose:
Flinty, mineral-laden tropcial fruits and apricots charged up by vibrant spice. Kamquat, lime peels injecting some lightness into the aroma. Malt loaded with meatiness, ginger shreds, faint brine infused with peat smoke. Finish with sublte liquorice roots.

Palate:
Crytallized kamquat and jarred apricots leading a smoking hot malt. Ice cool menthol hitting a few high notes, gradually the core is settling down – showing some malt biscuits, limestone, honey oat, all tidily laced by barbeque smoke. Distant maritme notes, condensed water slipping onto wet moss. Burnt grass, more liquorice roots slowing churning out at the back.

Finish:
Light, creamy touch on smoky barley with orange sweetness and burnt leaves fading, all elements backing out and subsides.

Thoughts:
Ardmore matured in ex-Laprhoaig Bourbon cask, I have tried quite a few of these but not quite sure where does the synergy lie, personally I prefer the Sherry ones more… Now this is another minimalistic Ardmore, which is a style I really don’t mind, as it is all about clean and tidy, sweet and smoky. Easy drinking with few nuances, maybe there’s not much fanciness and sparkles to it, but in some nights, simple is good. A pretty care-free nightcap. Close to 1 star.

✓ [Recommended if you like the Style/ Distillery]

[56.1% | Independent Bottling | 2008 Distilled | 2018 Bottled | Aged 9-10 Years | Natural Cask Strength | Non Coloured | Non Chill Filtered]

-Esmond