Ardmore Port Wood Finish

Ardmore Distillery

“A smoky Highland whisky… what?” or a phrase to that effect is usually exclaimed when I first introduce people to fairly-under-the-radar Ardmore distillery. Up to now, there has been only one expression in the core range, Ardmore Legacy, which goes some way to explaining why a substantial number of people have not encountered it before. However, Legacy has now been joined by a rather exciting addition, Ardmore Port Wood Finish. After spending 12 years in ex-bourbon barrels, it is then finished in half port pipes before being bottled.

Ardmore Port Wood Finish
Non-chill filtered
46% ABV
£45.75 here

Nose: Sweet and juicy: new leather, fig, treacle, cinnamon, manuka honey, cocoa beans, apple wood and aromatic smoke.

Palate: A plummy sweetness, sultana cake, singed heather and lavender are balanced by toasted marshmallow and creamy vanilla. Dry wood smoke permeates all.

Finish: A lingering rich sweetness, possibly fudge, combines with wood smoke and some dark chocolate.

Overall: A rather rewarding dram, with a pleasing rich fruitiness and pronounced, but not overwhelming, smoky notes. Definitely something I’d recommend to those who enjoy things like Talisker Port Ruighe, and other port-finished peated whiskies. A solid expansion of Ardmore’s portfolio.