Originally Posted by Adair
Thanks. I'll buy some. Just out of curiosity, though, and not snobbery, why do some distillers suppress the age?
Many Master Blenders, when putting together a recipe will find that several different ages of the malt will be blended together in order to get the flavor profile they are looking for. Remember, it is still a single malt if a 5-year-old and a 12-year-old of the same distillery are blended together, as a single malt means a product from the same distillery. This is not a lesson as I'm sure you know this. I am emphasizing for my reply to your question. So the Master Blender may use malts from say 3 years old to 15 years old for the recipe, as an example. And the 3 year old may be a minute amount, but if the distillery puts an age statement on the bottle, it has to be 3-YEAR-OLD because it's the youngest malt in the bottle and British law dictates this. Given that, the public is not going to pay top dollar for a malt with an age statement of 3 years old. In the case of the ARDMORE TRADITIONAL
, it has ARDMORE malts from larger casks ( possibly hogsheads and butts ) and it also has ARDMORE
malts aged in QUARTER CASKS.
Malts age much, much faster in QUARTER CASKS
because more of the spirit in the cask comes in contact with the wood; therefore being a much younger malt than the rest in the recipe.
The best example I currently know of is the bottling of GLENMORANGE SIGNET
which sells for ~$240.00 / bottle. It has no age statement but has GLENMORANGIE MALTS
ranging in age from 10 years old to 35 years old and is widely known.
For some reason, which is unknown, many scotch whisky drinkers think 12 year old scotch is the "cat's meow". Nothing could be further from the truth. Also, many people think the older the scotch, the better. That just ain't true. Older does guarantee more expensive. Many malts can age for years and years, but some distilleries product collapses if too many years are spent in the cask.
Hope this puts the "no age statement" in perspective.