Review #959 – Ardlair 6yr Signatory Vintage 2011, Winebow Selection

Review #959 | Scotch Review #321 – Ardlair 6yr Signatory Vintage 2011, Winebow Selection

The Schtick: This is a release of unpeated Ardmore distillate that is bottled by Signatory Vintage and selected by Winebow. Ardlair is the name given to spirit that is unpeated, and this was matured in a refill sherry butt.

Distiller: Ardlair (Ardmore)

Bottler: Signatory Vintage

ABV: 63.3% ABV

Age: 6 Years

Distilled: January 27th, 2011

Bottled: September 5th, 2017

Butt: 900027

Bottle: 415 / 646

Nose: Honey, apples, pears, crisp citrus. Almost candied fruits. Sweet, confectioners sugar. Almost swedish fish, like. Weird descriptor. Light smoke. Faint salinity. Rich, baked bread. Yeast-y sweetness. Honey and vanilla bean. Definite lactic quality.

Taste: Medium mouth feel. Really subdued heat for the monster 63%. Loads of buttery bread, caramel, butter scotch, honey and toffee. Really sweet. This gives way to some faint salinity, and a subdued smoke characteristic. The candied notes remain, more like peach rings and strawberry candies. The lightly lactic note remains.

Finish: Long and sweet. Smoke character is a little more prominent, but still pretty subdued behind the sweet, bread-y character.

Overall: Overall, I really enjoy this. It’s weird, different, and unquestionably unique. It’s relative youth is deceptive, and there are a lot of flavors I really enjoy in a bold display.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


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