tried some Ardmore recently and most of them were interesting.
An old Ardmore Cad. dumpy bottle, which was very fruity with less peat.
The Ardmore from JMA (75cl bottle) was punchy with a long finish. The new Ardmores from the 90ties, bottled 2006 or 2007 from Sig. in the decanter bottle (cask strength) are also very peaty with vanilla and a nice bourbon cask touch.
Two Ardmore from Samaroli for his anniversaries were also excellent. The one with the water colour label was very good and 'molto elegante', the other one in the black bottle had more punch but nevertheless fruits, vanilla and tobacco.
There were also two original bottlings from Ardmore (anniversary bottlings). I only remember, that this one with 40% was not so interesting and the other one with 43% was much better but very expensive.
That is quite some ardmore tasting you've done....I attended a private vertical tastingparty this fall with also a lot of Ardmores. Unfortunately no dumpy cadenheads or the (indeed very expensive) Ardmore anniversary bottlings but a nice collection anyway:
Ardmore 13yo Signatory 1992-2006, (C#4867+4868), 43%
Ardmore 13yo Signatory 1992-2006 (C#4866+4870), 43%
Ardmore 26yo Samaroli 1977-2003 (C#7631, Sherry 738 Bts.), 45%, *
Ardmore 27yo Signatory 1977-2004 (C#1767,Sherry 588 Bts.), 43%
Ardmore 19yo 1978/1998 (46%, Cadenhead's)
Ardmore 18yo James MacArthur Old Masters 1980, 51.4% *
Ardmore 19yo 1978/1998 (59%, Cadenhead's)
Ardmore 1977-1991(?) Gordon & MacPhail 40%
Ardmore 1981-1997 (40% G&M Licensed)
Ardmore 1990-2006 Gordon & MacPhail 16y 43%
Ardmore 12yo 1993 (46%, DL Provenance Autumn Distillation, C#1588)
Ardmore 12yr SMoS 1994/2006 c#578&598, hogshead, 745 bts., 46%
Ardmore 1991/2006 Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength (C#6158-59-60), 57.9% *
Ardmore 20yo SMWS 66.20 1985 54.1%,
Ardmore 24yo Cadenhead's 1977/2002 (636bts.) 46%
Ardmore 26yo Scott's Selection 1977-2003 (Sherry Wood) 58.1% *
Ardmore 23yo Signatory Dumpy 1977-2000 (306 bts.) 58.1%
Ardmore 1992 M & H selection pinot noir finish Domaine Zeyssolff Alsace (C#1395) 55,6%
The ones with an * were my favorites. I liked the Ardmore 18yo James MacArthur Old Masters 1980, 51.4% best, it;s supposed to be the same bottle as the'500 years of Scotch Whisky' version.
I recently tried the new Ardmore OB bottling and I was underwhelmed...Not 80's material for me. Most of the above mentioned IB's were a lot better