Ardmore 8 year old
This expression of Ardmore 8 year old has a firm fruitiness on the nose but there is a pronounced grassiness and distinctive peat-smoke not offensive but present. Some nice leather and spice notes add complexity to the whisky not too harsh but quite warm. The palate is vibrant, building in intensity with some beeswax texture and expressive fruit before the peatiness develops and lingers into the finish. Unchil-filtered and no colouring.
This distillery was founded in 1898. It contributes most of its production to the Teacher's blend. This distillery preserved the very traditional method of coal firing its stills until 2002. Its floor maltings were decommissioned in the 1970s. These days the distillery has its own cooperage and gets its heavily peated barley from nearby floor maltings. The production capacity could reach over 4 million liters however the distillery produces some 3 million liters of alcohol.
Berry Bros and Rudd
Berry Bros. & Rudd (BBR) are Britain's oldest wine ans spirit merchants. Their shop in St. James's street has been in the same location since 1698. It was started as a family business and has remained so until today. These days BBR have stores and presence in the far east. Their range of whiskies comes from rigorously selected casks that are exclusive to BBR. They have been bottling their own range of whiskies for over 100 years now. You can trust the whisky in the bottles is of the finest quality.