A Look at Ardmore Traditional Cask

From the far southeast region of Scotland, known as the Speyside Region comes Ardmore Traditional Cask. Released in 2008, Ardmore Traditional Cask is the first bottling from the Ardmore Distillery, after several years without any new offerings coming out of the distillery.

Ardmore Traditional Cask is a fully peated malt, which means that all barley used to create the whisky is dried using heated peat fires. This creates a spirit that begins with the lure of seductive peat, touches of cinnamon and dough. These flavors lead into notes of smoked Apples, hints of bacon. and barely there touches of cocoa, that play second fiddle to orange zest and honey.
In an odd yet pleasant surprise the Ardmore Traditional cask finishes with the presence of a smoky sarsaparilla on your palate.

Ardmore Traditional Cask retails for between $45-$50 per 750 Ml Bottle.

Final Score: 9/10

After an interesting conversation with a friend about the joys of the Corpse Reviver #2*, I was inspired to create a loose interpretation playing off the notes in the Ardmore traditional cask. I replaced the gin component with the Ardmore traditional cask, the Cointreau with Solerno Blood Orange Liquor, the Lillet with Cynar to add a bit of a bitter kick and finished it off with Herbsaint to replace the absinthe component.

Burning Alarm Clock. A combination of Ardmore Traditional Cask, Solerno, Cynar, Herbsaint, Aromatic Bitters and Lemon Juice.

Burning Alarm Clock

1 ¾ oz Ardmore Traditional Cask
½ oz Solerno Blood Orange Liquor
½ Cynar
1 oz Lemon Juice
2 Dashes Herbsaint(90 Proof) New Recipe
2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters

Shake with Ice. Serve up

*Corpse Reviver #2
1 oz Gin
½ oz Cointreau
½ oz Lillet Blond
¾ oz Lemon Juice
Dash of Absinthe