Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled by: The Sipping Shed 70cl / 51.9%
New kids on the indie bottling block The Sipping Shed have been very careful with this cask of Ardmore 2009 - this is the third and final bottling they've had out of it, with only a tiny number of bottles yielded for each edition.
Fittingly, this final run from Cask 1313B is the best yet, with the 12-year-old Ardmore spirit given a quick gussy-up in a Pedro Ximenez octave before bottling without colouring or chill filtration at its full cask strength of 51.9%. A cracking peat'n'sherry combo and perfect for winter.
The Sipping Shed
|Cask Type||Bourbon & PX Octave Finish
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Earthy, meaty, bacon frazzles, leather, honey and some floral notes along with gentle spices, pine needles, and slight grassy note. Herby sausages juxtapose a sweeter, spicier sherry dimension. Liquorice, touch of yeasty dough. An instant charmer with much to explore.
Palate: Altogether more gentle than the punchy nose suggests. Lashings of warm sweet peat, pine wood chips thrown on to a barbeque to cook those herby sausages from the nose, with sweetness and spice from the PX cask. A fresh earthiness comes through, more so with water, while the sherry notes add a familiar layer of cake mix. The balance is perfect – the indomitable spirit remains in control throughout with the casks refining rather than defining the whisky.
Finish: Smoky and sweet, fades quickly at first and then lingers faintly for quite some time. I’ll have another if you don’t mind!