Ardgowan’s Clydebuilt Series: Coppersmith

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The team at the yet-to-be-built Ardgowan Distillery have released another blended malt, following on from the release of Expedition last year. Coppersmith is the first expression in a new series called the Clydebuilt Series. This expression is a vatting of Speyside and Highland malts, fully matured in first fill oloroso casks and, just like Expedition, has been put together by another ex-Edrington maestro, Max McFarlane.

Speaking of the release McFarlane, said: “Coppersmith is the first in the Clydebuilt series of whiskies which Ardgowan Distillery will release in the years ahead. Each bottle in the series will celebrate the pride shown by generations of workers on the Clyde, who together built some of the world’s most illustrious ships. In our first release I wanted to produce a top-drawer blended malt and I believe that is what we have achieved.”

Ardgowan Coppersmith
Clydebuilt Series
Blended Malt
48% ABV
£49.99 here

Nose: Terry’s chocolate orange, ground coffee, dried raisins, gingerbread, rich cherries, dusty baking spices, and firm oak.

Palate: Fruitier than the nose suggests, with more cherries, some sultanas, blackcurrant, and brambles too. Then cinnamon dusting, black peppercorns, roasted nuts, and thick oak tannins.

Finish: The oak and baking spices build, along with Dairy Milk fruit and nut bar.

Overall: If you like sherried whisky, this is very much your bag. The spice, the dried fruits and the rich oak are all here, and at a relatively friendly price point too. It’s a very good start to the series, and I look forward to seeing what they come out with next, I just wish they’d get on with building their distillery!



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