As well as our ill-fated attempts to have a spring clean at Caskstrength Towers last week, we thought it was time to try out a new feature and spring clean our front page a little. So here it is.... 'The Reasonably Priced Dram Of The Week'.
The main condition for this section is that it must be available commercially for under £30. Bingo.
This week, it's the turn of Ardmore.
The Ardmore Traditional Cask is effectively the entry-level single malt release from the distillery. No age statement here but it is non-chill-filtered and also given the finishing touches in a quarter cask to really bump up the flavour.
Nose: Lots of peat, fighting against some smooth, sweet toffee. A few hints of licorice and soft fruit thrown in for good measure, but a nice, well rounded set of aromas.
Palate: Very intense cereal notes, silky mouthfeel with mint humbugs, brittle caramel, dark chocolate and an embellishment of smoke, really makes this hang together very well indeed.
Finish: Menthol, and subtle smoke fades into chocolate.
Overall: A fine drinker we think and very worthy of our new 'Reasonably Priced Dram Of The Week'. You can find this online at either Master Of Malt or The Whisky Exchange.