For my first Whisky Network review I am starting things off with the bottle that came with the "combo" membership package from SMWS America! The tasting notes for this bottle were spot on, especially the note relating to a piece of meat getting scorched to a plank of wood. What was particularly interesting about this 11 year old Ardmore was that it was a much better dram straight from the cask as compared to with the addition of water, which made things bitter and tannic.
Can't wait to crack into some of the other bottles from the January outturn!
0.4 (Jonquiripe corn)
Salty meats, BBQ, saltwater. With water added: household cleaners, sweet lemon
Tarry wood, fresh asphalt, meat flame broiled against a plank of wood. With water added: malty cereal, bitters
Lingering finish, feels like the malty cereal grains and peat are easily separated, causing balance issues.
This is an interesting pour in how dramatically it suffered with the addition of water. Most of the peated expressions that I have in my bar come from Islay, so it's always interesting to see how the other regions handle peat. However, this dram lacked balance and I think the peat influence is what caused the balance issues.
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65 / 100