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Kensington Wine Market's 2023 Whisky Calendar UBER EDITION Day 20 - G&M Ardmore 1997 - 24 Year Old

Posted on December 20, 2023

by Evan

We have covered Gordon & MacPhail and their distillery bottlings a few times in the 2023 KWM Whisky Calendar, with three G&M different distillery labels. These were Glentauchers on Day Four, Ardmore on Day Ten, and Morlach on Day Fourteen. This Gordon & MacPhail bottling isn’t a batch, though, it is a 24-year-old cask strength, single cask bottling that was aged in a Refill American Oak Hogshead. It should be a fun bottle to compare with the G&M Distillery Label Ardmore 2000 from Day Ten if you have any.

Ardmore Distillery is located within the Highlands, in the village of Kennethmont. Its closest distillery neighbours include Glen Garioch Distillery which is about a 30-minute drive to the East, and GlenDronach Distillery which is about a 30-minute drive north.

Like Glen Garioch, Ardmore Distillery is owned by Beam Suntory.

Click above to view a short YouTube video on Ardmore Distillery from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Both this Gordon & MacPhail bottle from 1997 and the G&M Distillery Label Ardmore 2000 from Day Ten in the 2023 KWM Whisky Calendar were distilled before a big change at the Ardmore Distillery. In 2002, Ardmore's stills were changed from being directly heated by coal fires to the much more modern and common indirect heating of the stills using steam running through pipes.

G&M CC Ardmore 1997 - 24 Year Old - 55.2%

The outturn from Refill American Hogshead Cask No. 900661 was 199 bottles. 

Natural colour, Non-chill filtered, 24 years, and bottled at 55.2% abv.

Evan’s Tasting Note

Nose: Bacon frying on a cast iron skillet, peach cobbler, pineapple rings from the can, vanilla bean, and eucalyptus.

Palate: Apple tarts, peach slices wrapped in a crepe and drizzled in pancake syrup, more bacon, ginger ale, candied orange peel, rainbow popcorn, and a sip from a Mint Julep.

Finish: Tingly, smoky, and sweet.

Comment: This is a light and zingy Ardmore with plenty of fruit. Delicious!

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