Ardmore 13-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Single Cask)
ARDMORE single malt Scotch whisky
13 years old
Cask strength 58.8% alc/vol
2nd fill ex-bourbon hogshead (ex-Islay)
The chemical composition of peat varies wildly depending on a few factors – bog type, extraction depth and, above all, origin. The woodier, lignin-rich Highland peat cut for Ardmore burns sweet and mesquite-like, whereas the peat on Islay produces a phenol-thick medicinal smoke owing to its high level of sphagnum moss. With this unique refill cask, you get the best of both: two Scottish terroirs superimposed for an eclectic smoky dram with an enhanced sense of place.
**ONLY 235 BOTTLES**
Natural, pale gold
Toasted brioche, mesquite BBQ, chipotle
Teriyaki, burnt orange peel, peanut brittle
Milk chocolate, char
Single malt Scotch whisky must be distilled at a single distillery in Scotland, in a copper pot still, from a wash containing only malted barley, yeast and water. It must then be matured in oak – in Scotland – for no less than 3 years and bottled at 40% alc/vol minimum.
The term ‘single cask’ is used to define whisky that has been bottled exclusively from one individual cask – and since no two single casks are the same, all whiskies labelled ‘single cask’ are unique, rare and limited.
Casks are typically filled around 62-63.5% alc/vol, although this drops during maturation as spirit evaporates (known as the “angel’s share”). For typical single malt whiskies, when a cask is finally deemed ready – and ‘disgorged’ or emptied – it’s blended with other casks of the same specification and age, and brought down to a standard bottling strength with water (usually 40-46% alc/vol). ‘Cask strength’ whiskies, on the other hand, are bottled at the strength they’re drawn from cask, with nothing added or taken away. Since they tend to be much stronger than your average whisky, pour a smaller-than-normal dram into a tulip-shaped nosing glass, like the Glencairn, and have a little jug of water handy to dose in. Be careful not to over dilute the whisky though – instead, add a drop of water at a time and slowly take in the subtle changes to the flavour and aroma as it opens up. Then, once you find your sweet spot, and the ideal strength to your taste, sit back and enjoy.
Volume: 700ml (or 750ml in the US)
Strength: 58.8% ABV (cask strength)
Bottle: Custom-moulded amber glass with tapered sides
Closure: Custom debossed synthetic stopper
Capsule: Black PVC