Scotch Whisky Review: Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish

Elliott
1 min readFeb 25, 2024

Is aging peated whisky in Sherry really the best way?

I will be buying more Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish as soon as I see one

Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish / 46% ABV

Tasted neat

Part of the core range, this 12 Year Old Ardmore is double matured in ex-bourbon American oak before receiving a European oak port cask finish. We get two nods to scotch whisky drinkers: it is slightly up-proof at 46%, and it is non-chill filtered. It is probably not entirely natural colour, but there is a certain ruddiness from the port casks that shows through.

  • Color: 1.5 (auburn)
  • Nose: classic Ardmore, sea spray, smoke, salt, with stone fruits and BBQ brisket
  • Taste: fresh strawberries, blackberry syurp, peat smoke, fresh spring water, petrichor, and cherries
  • Finish: long, some ash, honey and oak; strawberry

Delicately peated whisky and a port finish? Sign me up, this is amazing. Taking the brutal, but delicious, highland peat of Ardmore and softening it just a bit in port pipes is brilliant! Also this is quite affordable, I may stock up.

Rating: 7/10

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Elliott

Personal interests in literature, SF, and whisky/whiskey/scotch, Software Engineer by Trade