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ARDMORE        
15 years old
40%             
Distilled: 1977
Bottled: 1992
Trademark of Proprietors:
Wm. Teacher & Sons Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
EMPTY

ARDMORE         
18 years old
51,4 %
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY        
Bottled: 1997
IN CELEBRATION
500 YEARS OF SCOTCH WHISKY

1494 - 1994
James MacArthur & Co, Ltd,
Edinburgh

ARDMORE      
22 years old
43 %             
VINTAGE 1977
Distilled 11.3.77
Cask No. 1184
Bottled 25.3.99
340 Genummerde flessen
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

ARDMORE         
14 years old
40 %            
Distilled 1987
Bottled 2001
Trademark of Proprietors:
Wm. Teacher & Sons Ltd.
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

ARDMORE         
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
60,4%              
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
43 %
THE  ULTIMATE SINGLE  
MALT  SCOTCH WHISKY   
Distilled 26/2/90
Bottled 26/4/05
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel  
Cask no 30011
Numbered Bottles  
The Ultimate Whisky Companu N.L.

ARDMORE
13  years old
46 %           
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

ARDMORE  
46 %                          
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

ARDMORE           
1992         
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

ARDMORE          
22 years old
52,3 %           
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'

ARDMORE
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

ARDMORE   
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

ARDMORE INFO
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"
                                                       
ARDMORE INFO
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 %                                 
Distilled 1 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

ARDMORE
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.

TIMELINE
ARDMORE FACTS
CAPACITY (MLPA) i
5.4
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
54hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
12.48
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam (heavy fuel boiler)
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Ardmore - medium peated, 12-14 ppm. Ardlair - plain malt
MALT SUPPLIER i
Bairds, Boort and Crisp
MASH TUN MATERIAL i
Cast iron body, copper dome
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi Lauter
NEW-MAKE PHENOL LEVEL i
3.5-6ppm
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
67.5%
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
1
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
15,500
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Onion
STILLS i
8 (4 wash, 4 spirit)
WAREHOUSING i
6 dunnage warehouses (3.6 Mola capacity) and 3 racked Warehouses (3 Mola capacity)
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
15,000
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Onion
WASHBACK TYPE i
Wood
WASHBACKS i
14
WATER SOURCE i
Knockandy Hill (15 springs)
WORT CLARITY i
Cloudy
YEAST TYPE i
Cocktail of Mauri and Kerry pressed yeast
OWNERS
Beam Suntory logo
CURRENT OWNER
Beam Suntory
2014 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS
Beam
2006 - 2014
Allied Domecq
1994 - 2006
Allied Lyons
1976 - 1994
William Teacher & Sons
1898 - 1976


2007
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.

ASSOCIATED COMPANIES
Beam Suntory (Current owner)
D Johnston & Company
Destilerias y Crianzas
Morrison Bowmore Distillers
Stanley P. Morrison

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