Ardmore


Ardmore is a large Victorian distillery, its heft and scale sticking out from its rural surroundings. It is the last distillery to adopt a peated Highland malt style, and the second-last distillery to retain coal fires under its stills.

About

A product of maintaining a clear wort and lengthy fermentation in wooden washbacks, Ardmore possesses peat balanced by a gentle apple/floral lift. An unpeated variant called Ardlair is made following the success. Fire plays a role in creating a heavy, mid-palate weight, alongside the downward-facing lyne arms. For seven months, the distillery team creates newly kinked steam coils to replicate the 'hot spots' in the stills which contributed to the flavors. This is done after the fires are put out.

History

Ardmore was built in 1898 by Adam Teacher, the son of William Teacher, a Glasgow blender. It was built on land owned by a family friend with plentiful natural resources and has stayed here ever since. Their hit blend is popular globally with main markets in India and Brazil, prompting an increase in the number of stills. In 1976, Ardmore became part of Allied Distillers stable. In 2006, Allied was dismembered, causing the distillery to be sold to Beam Suntory. In 2014, they had officially become part of the new Beam Suntory portfolio. Being a part of blend throughout its life meant that Ardmore doesn't really have a standalone presence. Small scale releases of bottlings exist; although relatively unknown, it is enjoyed by a small group of dedicated single malt connoisseurs.

Ardmore

Highland Region

Highland is the greatest of all whisky regions and provides a huge variety of different flavours and characters. It goes from the lighter whiskies all the way through salty coastal malts.

While malts from the West Highland distilleries tend to have a sweet start and dryish finish, the far North Highland malts character are greatly influenced by the local soil and the coastal location of the distilleries giving light bodied whiskies with a spicy character and a dryish finish, sometimes with a trace of saltiness. Central, Southern and Eastern Highland malt whiskies are generally quite a mixed bunch. Fruity and sweet. They are lighter bodied with a tendency to have a dry finish.

 

Whisky Type

Single Malt


Distillery Status

Working

Brands

-

Capacity(MLPA)

5.4

Fermentation Time

54 hours

Grist weight (T)

12.48

Malt specification

Ardmore - medium peated, 12-14 ppm., Ardlair - plain malt

Mash Tun Material

Cast iron body, copper dome

New-Make Strength

67.50%

Spirit Still Charge (L)

15500

Spirit Still Size (L)

-

Warehousing

6 dunnage warehouses (3.6 Mola capacity) and 3 racked Warehouses (3 Mola capacity)

Wash Still Shape

Onion

Washback Size (L)

-

Washbacks

14

Yeast type

Cocktail of Mauri and Kerry pressed yeast

Condenser type

Shell and tube

Filling strength

63.50%

Heat source

Steam (heavy fuel boiler)

Malt supplier

Bairds, Boort and Crisp

Mash Tun Type

Semi Lauter

Single Malt percentage

1%

Spirit still shape

Onion

Stills

8 (4 wash, 4 spirit)

Wash still charge (L)

15000

Wash Still size (L)

-

Washback type

Wood

Water source

Knockandy Hill (15 springs)

Parent company

-

Current owner

Beam Suntory

Contact

+44 1464 831213

Website:

 https://www.ardmorewhisky.com

Address

Ardmore Distillery
Kennethmont
Aberdeenshire
AB54 4NH
United Kingdom