Ardmore distillery is located in Kennethmont, Huntly, Aberdeenshire and was founded in 1898 by Adam Teacher, who was the son of William, famous for Teacher's blended whisky.

Even though today's owners are Beam Inc, having bought "Fortune Brands", most of Ardmore's output still goes into the production of Teacher's blended whisky.

The distillery has no website or visitor centre and its doors are rarely opened to visitors.

 
 

Ardmore originally had its own maltings but these were closed in the 1970's and they now rely totally on specialist malting companies.

The distillery was originally built with two stills, but these were increased to four in 1955 and then again doubled to eight in 1974 to give a maximum capacity of 4.2 million litres of pure alcohol per year, although a realistic and currently chievable total is around 3 million litres.

 

General whisky characteristics: Smooth, light, complex, fruity

 

 
 

More great distillery info here thanks to Malt Madness

 

Photos with kind permission by Teun van Wel

 

 

 

Independent Bottlers

   
   

Gordon & MacPhail, Ardmore, distilled 1990, bottled 2006, 43% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Very pale gold

Nose: Initially creamy and malty, but soon gathering more complexity to include floral freshness and hints of slightly rubbery faint marzipan.

Palate: Creamy smooth and faintly fruity with red berries, maybe faint raspberry and (German) vanilla sauce.

Finish: Quite long

Overall Impression: A deceptive dram, appearing light or faint but delivering a very good complexity and depth of flavour. I like this one!

 

   
 

 

David Stirk, Ardmore, distilled 1992, 18y, 44.1% ABV

"Exclusive Malts" range, cask 5016, one of 292 bottles

Typical cost of this bottle; Unknown

Dram-atics live (and blind) Review

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Very pale straw

Nose: Faint green apple with a hint of iodine. Also something resembling freshly applied car polish on a hot sunny day.

Palate: Creamy mouth-feel, green apple, pears and a hint of fresh light wood. This isn't bitter, but it's far from sweet.

With 4 drops of water: Slightly fainter nose and also on the palate, but there is now an addition of pepper on the palate and a suggestion of a slightly maritime character.

Finish: Long

Overall Impression: So very nearly maritime, but not quite. I like this!

 

   
   

TWE, Ardmore, distilled 1992, 19y

"Speciality Drinks Ltd"

Typical cost of this bottle; Unknown

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Pale yellow gold

Nose: Initially quite malty then leafy countryside and maybe even a little farmy with a suggestion of musty barn. This leafiness and farminess expand further over 5-10 minutes in the glass, but they do so in a quite aromatic fashion.

Palate: The leafiness of the nose translates immediately onto the palate, but with a light pepperiness in the foreground. This leads to a fruitiness with star fruit, vanilla and green apple which immediately makes me think of an apple crumble being served in a farmyard or barn.

Finish: Medium and dry.

Overall Impression: Put this one in your hip flask for a day's walking in the hills!

 

   
   

Whisky & Rhum, Ardmore, Sept 2003, Oct. 2010, 56.2% ABV

Refill bourbon barrel No.6487

Typical cost of this bottle;

Reviewed as part of MMA 2011

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Sunny pale yellow

Nose: Oh dear, I think I just opened the fridge and found something rather old and going off. Think ancient cheese wrapped in very old smoked bacon.

Palate: Creamy fruit, but always accompanied by those 'off' notes from the nose.

Finish: Long, much too long.

Overall Impression: Oh dear, what went wrong there?

 

   
   

Whisky Agency, Ardmore, 1992-2011, 49.9% ABV

"Liquid Sun" range, matured in a bourbon barrel, one of 202 bottles

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Munich whisky fair own glass

Colour: Shiny yellow gold

Nose: Initially very light and faint. Eventually some hints of honey develop and then a suggestion of fresh countryside air with faint hay. As more time passes the nose grows more floral and includes light malt and cereal notes.

Palate: Creamy mouth-feel with suggestions of cereal and honey. A grassiness comes through towards the finish and it becomes slightly dry too.

Finish: Very long with a gentle pepperiness and some grassiness.

Overall Impression: The nose is sligthly subdued but the palate definitely makes up for it. A good whisky.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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