A high rye component adds peppery lift to the predominant and sweeter corn in this bourbon, formerly named Ridgemont Reserve. But this is a rich, creamy spirit at its core. Brown sugar, butter, toffee, apple pie and licorice come through on a velvety texture. It carries the (precisely measured) 46.85-per-cent alcohol well, thanks to its depth of flavour. Score – 94. (Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 17, 2017 )
Founded in 2014, the Ardnamurchan distillery is already renowned for bottling sell-out editions of spirit too young to be called whisky. This latest version promises to be just as popular, not least because of its extra innovation: the bottle features a QR code that, using blockchain technology, links to a secure digital certificate and record of the bottle’s unique story.
Ardnamurchan Spirit 2017 AD is a mix of peated and unpeated spirits matured in sherry octaves, then married in ex-Pedro Ximénez casks for an extra four months. The resulting notes are of honey-roasted nuts, sultanas, baked apples, liquorice allsorts, rock salt and nutmeg.
The third annual release from Adelphi’s Ardnamurchan distillery. A blend of spirits between 1 and 3 years of age, on their way to becoming single malt Scotch whisky. It has been matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez ex-sherry casks.
Batch 6 of Adelphi’s annual blended malt consists of Highland Park, Bunnahabhain, Tamdhu and Glenrothes. The combination was transferred to sherry butts fourteen years ago and topped up with an eight year old sherry cask release from Glenrothes (hence the younger age statement). Bottled in 2018 non chill filtered and with no added colour. 1500 bottles world wide.
Notes From Adelphi… Nose: smoked meat with warm toast, butter and heather honey. Palate: dark cherries with white peaches and kiwi compote finished with some Nutella. Finish: rich and round. 46% Alc./Vol.
On the nose: Sweet, with Strawberry chewitts, caramel/butterscotch and bubble gum. Also, leafy and floral, like a bunch of daffodils. Sweet, and although a little ‘grainy’ there is plenty of malt character too. Strawberry bubble gum. A great value blend that is a perfect session dram to keep in the cabinet. An everyday dram for the single malt drinker.
The E&K is a combination of Scottish and Indian single malt from Ardmore (peated), Glenrothes (sherried) and Amrut. The Ardmore gives it peaty and sooty aromas whilst the Glenrothes brings sherry aromas and creamy sweetness. The Amrut tops it off with tropical fruit and spices. Since the Amrut is 5 years old that’s the official age statement of this whisky which is bottled at natural cask strength of 57,8% ABV, non chill filtered and with no added colour. A limited release of 825 bottles.
The Adelphi The Winter Queen is the newest bottling of Adelphi and Fusion Whiskey. It is the successor of The Glover, Kincardine and E & K, all combinations of Scotch and Japanese or Indian whiskey. The Winter Queen is a wedding of a bourbon barrel Longmorn, a few liters of Glenrothes sherry cask and two Oloroso sherry hogsheads Millstone (Zuidam). A special marriage between Scottish and Dutch whiskey that produces a true sherry bomb. A limited release of 866 bottles bottled at cask strength of 52.7%, non chill filtered and without the addition of dyes.
Glenborrodale 5 continues Adelphi’s small batch blended malt range with Edrington base stock bought in – all matured in sherry butts from an early age – and then reinvigorated with a little extra, heavily sherried Glenrothes. This particular batch has more Speyside and less Island/Islay than batch 4, so a little more sherry, and less peat. 1050 bottles.
“A rich, honeyed profile with loads of vanilla pods and creamy cake. Also quite floral, mainly buttercups. There’s plenty of fruits: pineapple candy, pink grapefruit, banana, caramelized apples… Apple pie. Hints of sweet oak and barley sugar. Just excellent – it’s like a Speyside grandpa with the vivacity of a youngster.” Amrut
Only 4.800 bottles were launched worldwide of this Amrut that was finished in Madeira casks. Those casks had been chosen by the Amrut team that went to Portugal for this purpose. After the casks had been brought to Bangalore they were filled with Amrut Single Malt Whisky (it’s not unveiled how old this whisky was) for an aromatic finishing. Amrut says they set great value upon creating a well-balanced whisky with a noticeable but not dominant Madeira note.
“Despite the nose, the immediate sensation is one of being caressed by molassed sugar and then a ratching up of the peat notes. As they get more forceful, so the experience becomes that little bit drier and spicier, though not without the molasses refusing to give way” Amrut