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Ardmore Legacy Lightly Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
Legacy was introduced in 2014 as a replacement for Ardmore Traditional. The combination of 80% peated and 20% unpeated malt promises a medium bodied Speysider with smoky, spicy edge.Tasting note: Gold / pale straw hue. Pedestrian aromas include tea biscuits, light vanilla and haystack. A featherweight entry leads into a medium bodied, grassy, grainy mid palate. Finish is woody, thin, grippy and medium long followed by a moderate aftertaste. The peat is barely discernible. No-thrills entry level malt. Best with a little water. 40% Alc./Vol. Founded in 1898, Ardmore have an unshakable belief in traditional distilling methods and insist that their Traditional Cask bottling uses the aromatic smoke from natural, Highland peat fires to dry their malted barley. The high cost of this procedure has meant that Ardmore is now the only Highland distillery that still routinely fully ‘peats’ its standard malt. Traditional methods also extend to the maturation. Casks for Ardmore's standard bottling for example, are double matured, first in the more usual oak barrels and then in much smaller ‘quarter casks’, delivering a unique integration of flavours. In common use in the 19th century, quarter casks have also become too costly for most distillers to employ today (The system has been used to spectacular success at Laphroaig).