A 1996 vintage Ardmore from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail, bottled in 2014. The distillery produces peated whisky, despite being in the relatively peat free region of the Highlands.
Nose: Light, soft and round. Subtle sherry and an even subtler peat influence. Plums, brown sugar and a hint of soy sauce. Both sweet and savory.
Taste: Earthy peat smoke with soft spices and herbs. Black pepper and thyme. Charred oak and oranges. Nicely balanced.
Finish: Peat smoke lingers for a long time. As does the oak.