Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies
I bought a bottle of the first release of this and was pretty underwhelmed. I have also tried the second release (not head to head) and was also underwhelmed. On the other hand, I have tried their Centenary 12yo OB, G&M Cask Ardmore and various SMWS bottlings which have been much, much better. Indy (and Centenary) Ardmore can be quite ashy/smoky, whereas the Traditional Cask just tastes rather bland with only a vague sense of smoke. In fairness, the SMWS bottlings have been mixed - when they're good, they are very good but some have tended towards being a blit dull.