40 % Distilled 1987 Bottled 2001 Trademark of Proprietors: Wm. Teacher & Sons Ltd. Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
10 years old
43% THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION Distilled 25/2/92 Bottled 28/11/02 Matured in a Bourbon Barrel Cask no. 1363 The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L. ARDMORE
9 years old
INFO LAST BOTTLE AND EMPTY Date Distilled May 90 Date Bottled May 99 Society Cask No. code 66.7 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh ARDMORE
15 years old
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE
MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no 30011
The Ultimate Whisky Companu N.L.
13 years old
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION Single Speyside Malt Distilled 23/06/92 Bottled 13/02/06 Matured in a Bourbon barrel Cask no: 4878 Numbered Bottles Natural Colour Non Chillfiltered The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L
INFO TRADITIONAL CASK Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky PEATED Founded 1898 Matured for a final period in small 19th Century style "Quarter Casks" Non-Cill Filtered Ardmore Distillery, Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire
14 years old
46 % Single Speyside Malt THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION Distilled: 23/06/92 Matured in a bourbon barrel Cask no. 4889 Bottled: 28/03/07 Numbered Bottles Natural Colour Non Chillfiltering The Ultimate Whisky Company, NL
22 years old
INFO SINGLE CASK SCOTCH MALT WHISKY Date Distilled: March 85 Date Bottled: May 07 Outturn: 295 Bottles Society Cask No. 66.25,
Cask Type refill Hogshead The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh 'Pink Ladies and dark chocolate'
1 9 9 7
59.0 % 15 years old GORDON & MACPHAIL RESERVE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY From Ardmore Distillery Distilled date:21/08/1997 Working with the specialists at Gordon & Macphail, Van Wees has selected the cask for this unique bottling Exclusively Bottled for Van Wees Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask Number: 900665 No. of Bottles: 298 Bottling Month: September 2012 Unchillfiltered Natural colour Specially Selected, produced & Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
Colour: Dark straw Nose: Light and fruity with stewed pears, coconut and a hint of mint Palate: Initially peppery with ripe banana, toasted malt and citrus note Finish: Long and warming
1 9 9 7
58.5 % 15 years old GORDON & MACPAHIL RESERVE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY From Ardmore Distillery Distilled date: 21/08/1997 Working with the specialists at Gordon & Macphail, Van Wees has selected the cask for this unique bottling Exclusively Bottled for Van Wees Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask Number: 900669 No. of Bottles: 312 Bottling Month: September 2012 Unchillfiltered Natural colour Specially Selected, produced and Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
Colour: Pale gold Nose: Fresh and fruity, with a hint of cigar ash. Green apples and milk chocolate flavours linger. Finish: Long fruity with a tough of ash.
ARDMORE VINTAGE 2 0 0 8 5 years old
46 % THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Speyside Single Malt Distilled: 24/06/08 Matured in a Bourbon Barrel Bottled: 06/11/13 275 Numbered Bottles Natural Colour Non Chillfiltration Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL
ARDMORE VINTAGE 2 0 0 3 9 years old
46 % THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Speyside Single Malt Distilled: 11/09/03 Matured in a Hogshead Bottled: 29/03/13 310 Numbered Bottles Natural Colour Non Chillfiltered Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL
ARDMOREINFO Aged 11 years
58.1 % SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY FROM A SINGLE CASK Date Distilled: 9th October 2002 Cask Type: Refill Barrel / ex Bourbon Society Single Cask No: Code:66.48 Outturn: One of Only 218 Bottles Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh "Autumn fairground dram" ARDMOREINFO Age 11 years
58,9 % SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY FROM A SINGLE CASK Date Ditilled: 16th March 2004 Cask Type: Refill Barrel / ex Bourbon Outturn: One of Only 197 Bottles Society Single Cask: Code: 6 6. 7 2 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh "Pagan feasting round a fire"
ARDMORE 16 years old
40 % Distilled1 9 8 1 Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky Bottled 1 9 9 7 Trademark of Proprietors: Wm Teacher & Sons Ltd Specially Selected, produced & Bottled By & under the resposiblilty of Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
INFO Aged 10 years
61.1 % SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY FROM A SINGLE CASK Distilled: 5th Oct. 2004 Cask Type: 1st Fill White Wine Hogshead Outturn: One of Only 268 Bottles Society Single Cask: CODE: 66,73 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh "Midnight feast at pony club camp"
ARDMORE VINTAGE 2 0 0 8 7 years
46 % THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Distilled: 24/06/08 Matured in a Bourbon Barrel Cask no: 800081 Bottled: 18/11/15 298 Numbered Bottles Natural Colour Non Chillfiltered The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL
The largest distillery in the Eastern Highlands was built by Teachers and is a fingerprint
in their blends. They used coal-fired stills until 2001. This grubby-gold coloured sample
is from a refill hogshead.
Aberdeenshire. Licentiehouder Wm Teacher & Sons Ltd. Onderdeel van Allied Distillers Ltd. Eigendom van Allied Domecq Pic.
Ardmore wil zoveel zeggen als 'grote landtong', en werd gebouwd in 1898 door William Teacher
William Teacher was begonnen in 1830, toen 19 jaar oud met zijn eerste 'Dram shop', waar klanten voor gebruik ter plaatse een glas whisky konden kopen voor drie pennies.
In 1869 bezat hij 18 drankenwinkels en begom hij zich toe te leggen op het blenden van whisky.
In 1884 liet hij de naam 'Highland Cream' registreren.
Maar één jaar nadat William Teacher, Ardmore had gebouwd, gingen de blenders Pattison frauduleus bankroet en de whiskymarkt stortte kompleet in.
William Teacher kwam in ernstige moeilijkheden, en met hem vele anderen, maar Teacher kon dank zij zijn drankwinkels overleven.
In 1955 werd de distilleerderij met twee ketels uitgebreid tot vier ketels. In 1960 werd The Glendronach gekocht en de laatste drankwinkels verkocht. In 1974 kwamen er vier ketels bij.
In 1976 werd William Teacher overgenomen door Allied Breweries, die op hun beurt in 1981 werden gekocht door Allied Lyons.
In 1988 nam Allied Lyons, Hiram Walker over en Allied Distillers werden gevormd, waarvan George Ballantine & Son Ltd, William Teacher & Sons Ltd en Stewart & Son Ltd te Dundee, deel van gingen uitmaken-
Koel- en proceswater komen van bronnen van de Knockando heuvel. De ketels worden deels met kolen en deels met stoom verhit. Het is één van de grootste distilleerderijen van Schotland.
Ardmore is een heel traditioneel bedrijf met ook nog een eigen kuiperij.
Er staat éên Mash tun, groot 12 ton, veertien Wash backs: vier van elk 60.000 liter en tien van elk 30.000 liter.
Ardmore heeft vier Wash stills van elk 15000 liter en vier Spirit stills van elk ook 15000 liter.
De produktiekapaciteit is 2 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
A large Victorian distillery, Ardmore has a heft and scale which is surprising given its gentle rural surroundings. It is also a rarity in terms of style – a peated Highland malt. For years it was the last distillery to fly this particular flag. It was also the second-last distillery to retain coal fires under its stills.
The peatiness (it comes across as woodsmoke) is balanced by a gentle apple/floral lift, the product of a regime which insists on clear wort and very long fermentation in wooden washbacks. The fires which once raged under the stills added a heavy, mid-palate weight, as did the downward facing lyne arms. When the fires came out, the distillery team spent seven months creating new steam coils with kinks in them to replicate the ‘hot spots’ in the stills which had contributed this flavour.
Since the steam has come in, an unpeated variant [called Ardlair after a nearby stone circle] has also been made.
It was in 1898 that Adam Teacher, son of Glasgow blender William Teacher, decided that the family firm needed its own malt whisky distillery. The site he chose, on the outskirts of the village of Kennethmont in rural Aberdeenshire, was on land owned by family friend Col. Leith-Hay [whose seat Leith Hall is open to the public]. It had water, there was a source of peat nearby, and the immediate surroundings grew barley. As significantly, given the vision Teacher had for the site, the railway between Inverness and Aberdeen ran alongside. By putting in a small branch line he could get casks and cow in, and whisky out.
Ardmore has remained in the Teacher’s stable ever since, providing smoke and also top notes to a blend which still sells over a million cases globally (its main markets today are India and Brazil). The original pair of stills were doubled in 1955 and then doubled again in 1974. Two years later, it became part of the Allied Distillers stable – the same year as the distillery’s Saladin maltings stopped. Its stills remained coal-fed until 2001.
When Allied was dismembered in 2006, Teacher’s, Ardmore and Laphroaig went to Beam and in 2014 it became part of the new Beam Suntory portfolio.
Its importance for its blend has meant that Ardmore has never had a presence as single malt. A quarter cask-finished bottling appeared a couple of years after Laphroaig Quarter Cask, but remained a small-scale release.
It has however built up a small but dedicated following among single malt aficionados who seek out the independent bottlings which appear – those from Gordon & MacPhail and Signatory Vintage appear the most frequently.
CAPACITY (MLPA) i
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
FILLING STRENGTH i
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam (heavy fuel boiler)
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Ardmore - medium peated, 12-14 ppm. Ardlair - plain malt
De Ardmore Traditional wordt uitgebracht: eerst gelagerd in Bourbon vaten, daarna gefinished in Quarter Casks.
In de lagerpakhuizen liggen ook vaten voor experimentele doeleinden: whisky in Quarter Casks, whisky met verschillende turfrook sterktes.
De unpeated single malt whisky, voor het grootste deel voor blending doeleinden wordt Ardair genoemed, de naam voor ‘Standing Stones’ in de omgeving.
WILLIAM TEACHER & SONS
A family-owned company until its takeover in 1976, William Teacher & Sons started out as a large chain of ‘dram shops’ in Glasgow before becoming a distiller and blender supplying whiskies worldwide. From humble beginnings providing blends for its shops, the company began to supply bespoke blends for the trade and grow its global footprint. One of these blends provided the basis for the brand that would make it internationally famous: Teacher’s Highland Cream.
In 1830 at the tender age of 19, former mill worker William Teacher obtained a licence for part of a grocer’s shop in the Anderson district of Glasgow. At the time, the shop was owned by the mother of his girlfriend, Agnes MacDonald. Six years later, Teacher and MacDonald had married and opened a second shop, this time a ‘dram shop’ in his own name. This purchase sparked the development of a chain of around 20 dram shops – licensed premises where frequenters purchased and consumed fine whiskies – making Teacher the largest licence holder in Glasgow.
In 1851 the company moved into the wholesale wine and spirits market, opening a warehouse in Argyll Street in Glasgow, and started creating bespoke blends to its customers’ individual requirements.
Teacher died in 1876, the same year his youngest daughter Agnes married Walter Bergius, bringing the other controlling family name into the company. In 1884, the company registered a brand name for its most popular whisky blend, Teacher’s Highland Cream, and also opened an office in London. A second office in Manchester followed in 1886. A year later, the company expanded its export markets and also began shipping mature barrels of whisky to Australia and back, believing the long sea voyage added complexity to the ‘Australian bonded’ brand. This practice continued until sea freight costs became prohibitively expensive in the 1920s.
In 1897 William Teacher & Sons constructed Ardmore distillery in Speyside in order to secure a supply of Highland malt whisky for the company’s fillings. Ardmore still provides the backbone to the Highland Cream blend today. In 1960 it added Glendronach distillery to its portfolio, and withdrew from the retail market with the sale of the last of the Glasgow dram shops.
A substantial amount of the mature stocks of Glendronach malt whisky were later exchanged for stocks of DCL grain whiskies through Glasgow whisky broker Stanley P. Morrison.
In 1976, due to needs for extra capital that would have seen the family’s holding slip below 50% of the company’s value, Allied Breweries was approached to take over the business. At the time of sale, the board contained a great-grandson and four great-great-grandsons of the founder, making it (at that time) the largest independent Scotch whisky company still under the control of the founder’s descendents.
Following a number of mergers and acquisitions in the Scotch whisky trade, William Teacher & Sons is now part of the Beam Suntory group.