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Ardmore

Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

Ardmore 2009-2023 Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 709317

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Ardmore 2005-2022 | 16 Year Old Brave New Spirits The Yellow Edition Single Cask 900124

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Ardmore 12 Year Old Brave New Spirits The Iron Collar Whisky Of Voodoo Batch 002

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Ardmore 2013-2023 | 9 Year Old Brave New Spirits Cask Noir Single Cask 800219

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Ardmore 2013-2013 | 9 Year Old Brave New Spirits Cask Noir Single Cask 800220

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Ardlair (Ardmore) 2011-2023 | 12 Year Old Signatory Vintage Single Cask 900031

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Ardmore 2009-2023 | 13 Year Old Signatory Vintage Un-Chillfiltered Collection Small Batch

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Vendor: Speciality Brands

Ardmore 2009-2023 | 13 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland

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Vendor: James Eadie

Ardmore 2000-2023 | 22 Year Old James Eadie Single Cask 10/1

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Ardmore 1994-2023 | 28 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength

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Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

Ardmore 2012-2023 | 11 Year Old Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 9

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Vendor: Douglas Laing

Ardmore 2012-2022 | 10 Year Old | Old Particular | Single Cask DL16980

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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Ardmore 2009-2023 | 13 Year Old Carn Mor Strictly Limited

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Ardmore 2012-2022 | 9 Year Old | Cask Noir Single Cask #803809

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Vendor: Aceo Spirits

Ardmore 2011-2022 | 11 Year Old Murray McDavid | UK Exclusive Single Cask

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Vendor: Speciality Brands

A Highland Distillery (Ardlair) 2010-2022 | 11 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland

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Vendor: Aceo Spirits

Ardmore 2008-2022 | 13 Year Old Murray McDavid | UK Exclusive Single Cask

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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Ardmore 2012-2022 | 9 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

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Ardmore 2008-2019 | 10 Year Old | Mossburn Vintage Casks

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Vendor: The Sipping Shed

Ardmore 2009-2021 | 12 Year Old | The Sipping Shed Cask 1313B

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Ardmore 1999-2018 Distillery Labels

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Vendor: The River Tweed Whisky Company

Ardmore 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old Cooper's Choice Single Cask #9405

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Vendor: Duncan Taylor

Ardmore 2010-2021 | 10 Year Old | Duncan Taylor Octave Cask 1930144

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Vendor: Douglas Laing

Ardmore 1999-2021 | 21 Year Old | Old Particular | Single Cask DL15058

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Vendor: The Single Cask

Ardmore 2009-2018 | 9 Year Old The Single Cask | Cask 1312

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Ardmore 1998-2018 Distillery Labels

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Ardmore 2002-2016 Cask Strength

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Vendor: Ardmore

Ardmore Traditional Cask

Ardmore

Ardmore distillery is a cult favourite amongst many whisky fans, and its old-style, semi-peaty Speyside profile has won it much love and praise during its lifetime. It has long been the blending backbone of Teachers but, thanks to historical efforts by the independent bottlers and some significant recent improvements in owner Beam Suntory's official offerings, Ardmore’s truly distinctive personality and quality has become widely renowned.

In common with certain other distilleries such as Knockdhu and Glendronach, Ardmore was widely regarded as a Speyside whisky until the Scotch Whisky Regulations of 2009, when it was officially designated as a Highland distillery due to the unfortunate decision to define Scotch whisky's regional borders using geopolitical boroughs.

Ardmore Distillery 

Founded: 1898
Stills: 4 Wash 4 Spirit
Water Source: Knockandy Hill
Capacity: 5.5 Million Litres
Owners: Fortune Brands (Jim Beam)

1950s-1974: A Big Old Oily Bruiser

Ardmore has always been associated with Teachers as the base malt around which the blend hangs, thankfully this means it has always been a well looked after distillery. Ardmore was one of the first distilleries to receive a major expansion after the Second World War. In 1955 it was expanded from a two to a four still plant with the new stills receiving condensers rather than worm tubs. During this era Ardmore was still using its own floor maltings and direct firing its stills. All this helped to magnify the peaty characteristics of the distillate. Ardmore has always been a moderately peated whisky, even today there is a big smoky oiliness about it. Back in the fifties, it was an aromatic powerhouse of a dram. It was also when the first known bottlings appeared.

There is an official dumpy bottling that was produced for the directors of teachers in the 1950s, it was heavily sherried and utterly stunning old-style Highland malt whisky, sadly it is now understandably extremely expensive and hard to find. Thankfully there are also other bottlings from this time by Cadenhead and Dun Eideann that are also absolutely superb.

These old era Ardmores are packed with aromatic intensity, waxy, thick, oily, filled with minerals, taut fruitiness and big dusty phenolic notes - they are great whiskies to try if you can find them.

Ardmore was expanded again in 1974, this time on a grand scale: the stills were doubled to a total of eight and all of them were given shell condensers. The distillery floor maltings were also phased out during this time as production capacity put too great a strain on them.

These changes meant that Ardmore was suddenly one of the bigger malt plants in Scotland and inevitably the intense richness of the spirit was tamed to some extent. However, thankfully the stills all remained coal-fired so Ardmore remained very much an older style of malt, unlike many of the other Speysiders around it that were being rapidly toned down and modernised at that time.

1975-2002: Smoky, Fruity and Classic.

Ardmore distilled between the mid-seventies and 2002 is what all of us that love it have come to identify as typical Ardmore. A rich and robust malt with a great oiliness and distinctly peaty, phenolic undertones with old-style elements of wax, mineral and fruit. There are many independent bottlings by all the major names that exemplify this style perfectly (Signatory in particular), many of the best date from the early nineties and are at cask strength. In fact, bottlings have increased in recent years, which can only be a good thing.

2002-Present: Inevitable Changes

In 2002 the stills at Ardmore were finally converted to internal steam heating, which is a great shame as the robust oily character of the distillate has clearly diminished since then. Official channels will say it makes no difference and the whisky is ‘more consistent’ as a result but this is sadly just PR chatter.

The reality is that Ardmore is not as old school as it used to be. Having said that, it is still one of the most distinctive malts produced in the Highlands and a fantastic dram to boot. Relaunched as a single malt by owners Jim Beam in 2007, Ardmore's profile and the quality of the distillery's official bottlings have increased dramatically since Suntory took over Jim Beam in 2014, with Malt Whisky Yearbook reporting sales growth of 275% between 2014-2020. 

As ever, there are still many great independent examples of Ardmore out there, so there's really no excuse not to try this great and distinctive malt whisky.

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