ARDMORE 30YO 47.2% 700ML
This expression from the Ardmore Distillery in the Highlands was allowed a rather lengthy maturation - it was distilled in 1987 and rested peacefully for 30 years before being bottled! It was aged in ex-bourbon and first-fill ex-bourbon casks and presented at 47.2% ABV after three decades of slumber.
Nose: Dark chocolate, grassy malt, coffee and walnut cake, ash and a well done pear tarte tatin.
Palate: Peppery at first, with a pinch of red chilli flake, before diving back into dark chocolate territory. Some juicy hints of red apple, more pear and every a touch of melon crop up later.
Finish: Smoky on the finish with charred oak and BBQ pineapple.