Review: Ardmore Traditional Cask

Review: Ardmore Traditional Cask

I was lucky to get my hands on a bottle of Ardmore’s new single malt, Highland Scotch release, Traditional Cask, which has arrived on our shores with just 3,000 cases available. Non-chill filtered and produced in the Speyside region, it marks Ardmore’s first single malt to be made generally available in the U.S. (The company also says it’s the only Highland single malt to be 100% peated since its inception in 1898.)

This is a very good Scotch, well-balanced with wispy smoke, honey, and a curious citrus undertone. It’s almost like it’s orange blossom honey cut into the Ardmore.

At 92 proof, I found the Scotch too alcoholic for drinking on its own. Cut with a splash of water the flavor really comes out, though.

If you like just about any kind of Scotch — smoky, floral, fruity — give Ardmore Traditional Cask a try… if you can find it.

92 proof.

A- / $50

Ardmore Traditional Cask




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. rawkabillyrebel on April 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I bought this as an LCBO Vintage product. Overall it was very rich , complexand smooth. Normally I do not like peated malts much but this one was beautifully integrated. An exceptionally tasty Scotch and for the price $44.95 an excellent value.

  2. Socraticdave on March 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    A group of friends and I tried this not expecting much, but with one sip we all agreed this have quickly become one of our favorite scotches. The fact that it is only $25 in the DFW area doesn’t hurt, too.

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