This is an 11 year Ardmore from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society that was aged in what I presume is an ex-bourbon cask and bottled at 58% ABV.
Nose: Subtle peat, mild brine, very faint oak. A very mild nose all around.
Palate: Wow – everything about this dram so far is just dialed down to about 25% power. Fresh oak, slight smoke, and bitter herbs. It was a struggle just to pull something out of it.
Finish: Dry with just a bit of heat remaining as any semblance of taste disappears instantly.
Rating: 72/100 – Odd, I’ve never had such a plain, watered down tasting dram (especially at cask strength). I spent a long time with this one just seeing if it needed time to open up. It’s not bad per se, it’s just not good.
Value for the money: This came with my SMWS membership kit, but I’m glad I didn’t pay anything for this directly. I wouldn’t recommend buying it at any price.