The Sipping Shed Ardmore 12 Year Old
Key Facts About This Single Malt Scotch
Bottler: The Sipping Shed
Founder: Dan Hipshon
Age: 12 years old
Region: Highlands, Scotland
Spirit: Single malt scotch
Cask Type: Single bourbon cask, one year in a PX sherry octave
Cask Ref: 1313B
Alcohol by Volume: Cask strength, 51.9%
Bottled: Natural colour and without chill filtration
Outturn: 73 bottles
Bottle Size: 700ml
Sipping Shed Ardmore 12 Tasting Notes
Nose: Earthy, meaty, bacon frazzles, leather, honey. Some floral notes along with gentle spices, pine needles, and slight grassy note. Herby sausages contrast a sweeter, spicier sherry dimension. Liquorice, touch of yeasty dough. An instant charmer with much to explore.
Palate: Altogether more gentle than the punchy nose suggests. Lashings of warm sweet peat. Pine wood chips thrown on to a barbeque to cook those herby sausages from the nose. Sweetness and spice from the PX cask. A fresh earthiness comes through, more so with water, while the sherry notes add a familiar layer of cake mix. The balance is perfect. The spirit is in control with the casks refining, rather than defining, the whisky.
Finish: Smoky and sweet, fades quickly at first and then lingers faintly for quite some time. I’ll have another if you don’t mind!
About this whisky
The third and final release from cask 1313, this time finished in a Pedro Ximenez octave for 1 year. This is a brilliant marriage of sherry and peat. The PX sherry octave doesn’t dominate. But, it’s resolutely there, framing the powerful smoky distillate. The Ardmore character shines though with fresh, earthy peat and savoury notes. This is a unique expression and a style that’s hard to find these days.