Sweet mainland peat, distinctively less maritime than island peat. Strong charred wood influenced by the custom char finish. Kitchen spice and nutmeg.
Rich red fruits, berries, cherries and grapes. The charred wood remains in the form of a campfire, some sweet sticky meat is being roasted above the flame.
Long and nutty, sweetness and smoke carry through, slightly drying out the mouth... calls for another sip I'd say.
Finish: Red Wine, Custom Char Octave
Bottled: Natural colour and without chill filtration
Outturn: 82 Bottles
Bottle Size: 700 ml
An interesting take on an Ardmore 11. This delightful dram tastes even more exquisite than it looks... and it looks mighty fine!
The Single Cask is an award winning independent whisky bottler that want to give the customer the most natural and authentic example of a whisky there can be.
Specially selected casks and unadulterated cask strength bottlings. No colouring, no chill filtration, no bs.
This edition is an awesome Ardmore 11 Year Old, finished in a custom char, red wine seasoned octave cask!
Ardmore distillery is a grand old Victorian-era distillery, located in the village of Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire. The distillery is owned and operated by Beam Suntory, an American subsidiary of Suntory Holdings of Osaka, Japan and its spirit is primarily used in blends.
One example of these, is the Teacher's Highland Cream, one of the worlds most famous blended whiskies, of-which the Ardmore spirit is a main component.
There are only a select few single malt releases available from Ardmore, exclusively in US and select Duty Free markets. Every now and then an independent bottler will get their hands on a cask of this elusive highland gold, and a fantastic single cask dram is born.
Ardmore is actually the only Highland distillery that fully peats its standard malt, a characteristic typical of island whiskies. Unlike these other whiskies however, Ardmore uses mainland peat, composed of totally different flora and fauna to its west-coast and island counterpart.
The cask used to finish this spirit has been seasoned in red wine and then given a custom char. The charring of a cask is standard practice, it makes the wood more porous, and thus encourages interaction with the spirit.
The size of this finishing cask was an Octave (50L), which is about an eight of the size of a Butt Cask, hence the name. Due to the smaller size and volume of this cask, the spirit finished in an octave has a higher percentage of surface area contact with the wood. As the wood does all the magic, these sort of finishes greatly intensify the resulting flavour and colour profile of a whisky.
This is clear as soon as you see the bottle, the combination of the rich dark liquid and the trademark TSC bottle shape, make this release stand out. Its like a rare gem, a perfectly cut Ruby, a must for every whisky shelf.
Don't delay though, the small size of an octave means that this release was limited to only 82 bottles!