This is a cask strength Ardmore 16 from Gordon & MacPhail which is bottled at 57.34% ABV.
Nose: Light malt with lavendar, damp oak, dried grass, and floral notes
Palate: Heavy cinnamon and pepper seasoned oak, bright malt with some old hay – sort of reminds me of a non-sherried Mortlach
Finish: Dry and hot with oak and sugary malt lingering
Rating: 84/100 – no frills dram that presents a slight farm style. Would be interesting to see what a sherry finish would do for this dram.
Value for the money: I was told this was around $90 retail which is too high in my opinion – I’d like to see it a bit closer to $50.