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Ardmore Distillery Independent Bottlers Morisco Spirits Scotland Speyside Region Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Morisco Spirits Ardmore 11yo

Review of an Ardmore matured in ex-Koval casks.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 52.1%ABV
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon refill
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Morisco Spirits
Average price: € 86.00
Official website: moriscospirits.com
Vote: 83/100

This is the second batch for the new Italian bottler, who had already made a name for himself with the first release, but here he confirms his skills as a cask selector.
This time Andrea Morisco has chosen to release a double batch, of whisky and rum, with two examples of each type, and sticking to the line, here you will find our very modest opinion on barley distillates only.

A 2009 Ardmore that spent its ageing in an ex-Bourbon cask (sourced from Koval, no less), which in turn had already contained another Ardmore, thus well characterised and bottled in 2021 at cask strength.

Tasting notes

The nose is rough and full, intertwining notes of anise and leather with pineapple, almonds, Catalan cream and toasted pine needles. A touch of grapefruit and milk chocolate emerge on the length.
The palate is much livelier, with an entrance of ginger and pepper that shoots out citrusy waves broken over fruit (pear, a hint of peach, pineapple), vanilla, candy canes, sweet licorice, smoky juniper wood. A hint of rhubarb emerges on the length, drying out the mouth, thanks also to a slight salinity that pushes on to the next sip.
The finish is quite long, of burnt wood, liquorice, pear, grapefruit and a hint of salt.

This is a tamed, but not overly so, peated whisky that starts out almost subdued and then launches a few bites. It deserves attention precisely because of the nuances that can come unexpectedly, just when your guard is down.

Reviews of Ardmore whisky in the blog:
Ardmore 10yo Hidden Spirits
Ardmore 1997 The First Editions
Atlas Company Whiskysaurus Rex
Dream N°1

Reviews of whisky from Morisco Spirits in the blog:
Morisco Spirits Ben Nevis 8yo
Morisco Spirits Bunnahabhain Staoisha 7yo
Morisco Spirits Caol Ila 11yo
Morisco Spirits Strathmill 26yo

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