Now that Ardnamurchan has settled on a single flagship expression, the avalanche of releases has calmed down somewhat. But luckily not entirely. Although I’m not sure they’ve announced anything new this year. Anyway, today’s review is of the Ardnamurchan AD/10:22 Madeira Cask Release, a whisky that was released late last year.
A total of 25 unpeated first-fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels were selected for the Ardnamurchan AD/10:22 Madeira Cask Release. These were then finished for 14 months in Madeira barriques. The total output was 5,781 bottles, which isn’t nothing, and yet tit sold out in an instant. Just another sign of the crazy whisky times.
Nose: Very rich with baking spices and a whiff of candy-esque sweetness. That’s mainly candied red fruits like raspberry, strawberries and even cherries. Also a whiff of minerals, mocha, and orange zest. Truly enticing stuff. Taste: Fatty mouthfeel and sweet arrival. Notes of treacle, caramel-glazed apple and triple sec. Just a sprinkle of salt. Also more of those baking spices, mainly cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Finish: Medium length. Some chili heat here, as well as sandalwood and cough syrup. But were ending on the same sweet, fruity notes that have led most of the way.
It might not be fully formed and has some rougher edges, but the Ardnamurchan AD/10:22 Madeira Cask Release has a lot of deliciousness to offer regardless. Only for those with a sweet tooth though.