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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ardmore 15 yo (1997/2012), G&M Reserve, 59 %

Review #295
This is bottled for van Wees in Holland and comes from a refill Sherry hogshead with the casknumber 900665. Only 298 bottles were made. Sweet grapes at first in the smell. Some earth and grass as well. Don't get your nose too deep down in the glass though! After some minutes in the glass some fresh fruits comes forward.

Raw power at first in the taste! It still has these rough notes, but some sweetness joins in. Burned caramel. The oak influence really shows in the finish. Quite elegant considering the age. Not quite the classic influence you normally get from Sherry casks.

A fine dram and I love the power! With that said, do not be afraid of giving it some water. It becomes much more playful, it opens up for new flavors, and if I were to rate it with water, it would probably get a point or two extra! I will give this 84/100 (20/21/22/21).

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