Ardmore, Gordon & MacPhail Bottled
- Sweet, malty notes with a smoky medicinal edge.
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- Single Malt Whisky
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- The Ardmore distillery is located in the far South-East of the Speyside region. Actually, this Ardmore isn't the first distillery to carry the name. Between 1817 and 1835 there used to be another 'Ardmore' distillery on the island Islay. That one was closed & incorporated by Lagavulin in 1837. The current Ardmore distillery is located at the edge of the Grampian mountains. It was built in 1898 by Adam Teacher, son of William. Even today, most of the whisky the distillery produces is reserved for the Teacher's blends which get a lot of their malty character from the Ardmore malt whisky. Bottlings of Ardmore as a single malt are relatively rare. Ardmore was founded during one of the industry booms at the end of the 19th century. It was actually quite modern at the time; the entire distillery was powered by a single steam engine and a railway ran alongside the buildings. This was convenient when it came to the transport of supplies like barley and coal. Until 2002 the stills at Ardmore were heated by the traditional coal fired furnaces but like most of the other malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, they use internal heating now. Until the 1970's, the barley was malted on the premises, but like so many other distilleries in Scotland the Ardmore distillery depends on specialised maltsters these days.Ardmore is one of the largest distilleries in Scotland. The distillery has been expanded not once but twice since WWII. The original number of two stills was doubled to four in 1955 and then doubled again in 1974 to a grand total of eight. Ardmore has a malt storage capacity of +/- 1,000 tonnes, a 25 feet mash tun and 14 wooden wash backs with a total capacity of 90,000 litres.
Ardmore produces a full-bodied Highland whisky. Its rich smoky character is a vital component of Teachers Blended Whisky. As a single malt it has a depth and a complexity which make it an ideal after dinner dram. If you are not a fan of smoky malts such as the distinctive Islay malts then the Ardmore malt just may not be right for you.
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