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Tropical Bonfire Party

Ardmore – G&M 1998 Connoisseurs Choice

Free For Premium Members

Available Until Sun December 11, 2022

Drop-In Any Day (Excluding Wednesdays) Before 7pm To Sample

Dram Code: E92

Producer: Ardmore

Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask: Refill American Hogshead

Age: 22

Country: Scotland

Region: The Highlands

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

ABV: 55.5%

Cask Strength: Yes

Release: Single Cask (1 of 223)

Club Price: $285.57 (Reg. $317.30 )

Dram Code: E92

Producer: Ardmore

Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask Type: Refill American Hogshead

Age: 22

Country: Scotland

Region: The Highlands

ABV: 55.5%

Cask Strength: Yes

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

Release: Single Cask (1 of 223)

Club Price: $285.57 (Reg. $317.30 )

About This Single Malt Whisky

Adam’s Notes

Change is inevitable or so they say… With the rising cost-of-living, and folk’s increasingly busy schedules, we want to make sure that our club remains accessible to all members. So, after more than half a decade since we launched our Drop-In Drams, we’re mixing up the formula a wee bit!

In the past, we’ve released new drams every two weeks, and samples cost $5 each (or were free for premium members). From now on that has all changed! We’re now releasing two drams simultaneously every month on the second Monday of the month. One of these two will be a budget-friendly option and will be completely free for every member. The other will be a premium (and sometimes super premium) option that is also free, but only available for existing Dram Association Premium Members.

For the first month of this new release schedule, I’m revisiting a couple of personal favorites from the last 12 months. Our premium dram for November is this wonderful single cask Ardmore. If you’re familiar at all with my personal taste in whisky, you’ll probably know that I’m a big Ardmore fan. The softer less coastal peat commonly combines with orchard fruits and biscuits for an immensely satisfying combination. Age often brings out a more playful and tropical side, as is the case with this delightful release from earlier this year.

Take a look at the video below for a segment of my interview tasting with Richar Urquhart of Gordon & MacPhail. And stay tuned for December’s drams – two that I’ve never had before.

 

The Unbottling

 

By Adam Bradshaw on November 14, 2022

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How We Review Whiskies

Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.