Ardmore Very Cloudy Vintage 2010 – Cloudy by nature

The 9-year-old single malt from the Signatory Un-Chillfiltered series shows the influence of missing chill filtration


The newly released Ardmore Very Cloudy 9 Years Vintage 2010 is cloudy when it is kept rather cool - a rather unusual appearance in whisky bottles and glasses. However, this is not a faulty product, as some might suspect, but a deliberate acceptance of cloudiness: independent bottler Signatory shows us the influence of chill filtration - or rather the waiver of it.

In the Un-Chillfiltered Collection, Signatory has been presenting bottlings without oils and fats being filtered out for a long time. This is to preserve the entire aromatic range of the whisky. The fact that the other single malts in this collection, in contrast to the Ardmore Very Cloud, do not give this strong cloudy picture when they are kept cool is because un-chillfiltered whiskies are usually bottled at least at 46% ABV - the cloudiness only shows up with lower alcoholic strength. With the Un-Chillfiltered Ardmore Very Cloudy the decision was made to bottle it at 40% ABV and the resulting cloudiness became a trademark.

The 9-year-old Ardmore whisky was distilled on May 6th, 2010 and bottled on December 17th, 2019. Two bourbon casks were batched for this vintage of the Armore Very Cloudy, which resulted in a limitation of 730 bottles. Incidentally, the whisky is not onlay un-chillfiltered, but also uncolored.

The aroma is described as a scent of vanilla and lemon, on the palate the Ardmore-typical light smoky notes appear, accompanied by fresh lemon and mint.

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