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Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

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Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby Bulkington » Fri May 30, 2008 4:02 pm

Would anyone who's able care to say something about the Ardmore Traditional Cask relative to some of the indies they've tried? I've yet to try it, but I have had and liked the Signatory Unchillfiltered Ardmore and, I think, the G&M Cask Strength. How does the new ob compare? Thanks.

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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby bamber » Fri May 30, 2008 4:13 pm

I've had 4-5 IB Ardmores (SMWS, G&M CS, ?) and I preferred them all by some margin over the Traditional Cask, which I'm not very fond of.
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby Laphroaig » Fri May 30, 2008 4:23 pm

Interesting, bamber. I've only tasted it at the WoW event but thought it tasted fairly similar to both the Indie bottles I have.

Is there anything specific / particular with the TC that you are not "fond of"?
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby bamber » Fri May 30, 2008 4:54 pm

Hi Laphroaig,

It tastes like a cheap blend has been mixed in with it to me - kind of bitter caramel with rough smoke thread going on.

Really do not like it much.







Edit - obviously I'm not suggesting it's not a SM.
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby Ganga » Fri May 30, 2008 5:00 pm

I've yet to try the TC but I've enjoyed the Ardmores I've been having recently. The best so far was a Glenhaven bottling that was off the charts. Thank you S'tan.
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby Laphroaig » Fri May 30, 2008 6:48 pm

bamber wrote:Hi Laphroaig,

It tastes like a cheap blend has been mixed in with it to me - kind of bitter caramel with rough smoke thread going on.

Really do not like it much.

Edit - obviously I'm not suggesting it's not a SM.
A frightening thought LOL. I did get what I believe is an early release / promotional bottle (not open) but hope or at least assume it is what was poured at WoW.

I haven't heard other complaints (yet) so I hope what you've experienced is a fluke of some sort. The sample (I went back for more too) at WoW was definitely a bright spot.
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:04 pm

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.
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby Muskrat Portage » Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:05 am

I've not had an opportunity to try the OB Ardmore as all I've found is the Signatory $78.95 11yo (1992) Cask 1377 Btl 255 of 287.

I seem to remember that it too is a bit insipid and nothing to really write home about. That being said, at least I have one in the collection to offer when guests request some.

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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby TroyM » Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:54 am

I found the TC to have a really fake caramel taste lurking in the background and was really unbalanced. Strangly, the caramel seems to have disappeared once it got down to just under the top of the label and it seems more balanced. Oxidisation I suppose.
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:40 pm

I think Nick has it right with underwhelmed. The traditional cask has yet to make me think anything very much at all, despite several attempts. There are good Ardmore bottlings out there. Most recently I had the G&M CS which I found to be excellent.
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby Laphroaig » Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:17 pm

Tough to argue with so many "under-whelming" comments.

I suppose all I can do is hope I'm not in for the shock of my life when I get around to opening mine... probably doesn't help that I've recommended a couple of friends pick it up though...
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby bamber » Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:31 pm

Laphroaig wrote:Tough to argue with so many "under-whelming" comments.

I suppose all I can do is hope I'm not in for the shock of my life when I get around to opening mine... probably doesn't help that I've recommended a couple of friends pick it up though...
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I would not worry, many other people have said positive stuff about it (it was on special offer in a UK supermarket for a while) and a lot was bought.
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby Ganga » Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:19 pm

Laphroaig wrote:Tough to argue with so many "under-whelming" comments.

I suppose all I can do is hope I'm not in for the shock of my life when I get around to opening mine... probably doesn't help that I've recommended a couple of friends pick it up though...
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I really didn't care for the ATC when the bottle was fresh but now that it's had a little bit of time the flavors are starting to balance and integrate. Here were my thoughts last night.

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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby borgom » Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:23 am

Laph, why don't you crack it open and find out for yourself?
I'd be interested in your thought's.
Personally I prefer the IB's - the DB tastes a little too manipulated/flat.
It's not a bad malt though, just average or a little above.
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby hilliamash » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:47 am

I personally like the TC, although there are better ones out there in terms of both SM's and bottlings. I am a large fan of Teacher's, so that partly explains my affinity for the Ardmore TC---I've always found it nicely smoky and with a nose that reminds me of sinking into an old leather chair.
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby borgom » Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:31 am

I agree. I'm actually not sure that I don't like Teachers better than ATC...
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Re: Ardmore Traditional Cask vs. the Indies

Postby TroyM » Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:35 am

sorry double post
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