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Drink Review: Ardmore Legacy Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottling

Ardmore Legacy was introduced in 2014 as a replacement for Traditional. A mix of 80% peated and 20% unpeated malt, this is full-bodied, dry and spicy.

Ardmore Legacy Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky PAIRING:

Nose: Sweet and earthy like a healthy pot of dirt, with layers of fruit and bitter almonds. Peat just enough to remind you that you are drinking a Scotch whisky.

Palate: Starts off dry and almost harsh but quickly fades into a soft and pillowy coating that caresses your whole mouth. Flavor is expectedly smoky but is always balanced by dried fruit.

Finish: Solid, medium-length finish that showcases a lovely dichotomy: the peat and smoke on one side give way to the fruit and cinnamon on the other.

Rating: 8.4 or *Superb*

Comments: I tend to like my smoke with a bit more sweetness and fruity balance, so this is not my favorite Scotch whisky. But Ardmore Legacy is, as others have said, a great introduction into peated scotch. It’s not too complex, but it certainly gets the job done in a very pleasing manner. Sippable.

Salted Alfredo Fettuccine with Pecorino Cheese

Bien Cuit’s Alsacian Pain Au Levain is a German-style sourdough bread made with rye flour, eggs, water and salt. The bread is baked in their wood-fired oven at 525 F for an hour, then cooled and baked again at 525 F for another hour before being removed to cool. As a result, the bread has a uniform appearance and a uniformly deep crust. The bread is dense and chewy and, when paired with pate, cheese, cold cuts, pickles or fruit, makes for a wonderfully satisfying treat.

Nose: Sweet and earthy like a healthy pot of dirt, with layers of fruit and bitter almonds. Peat just enough to remind you that you are drinking a Scotch whisky. A very autumnal and comforting nose.Palate: Starts off dry and almost harsh but quickly fades into a soft and pillowy coating that caresses your whole mouth. Flavor is expectedly smoky but is always balanced by dried fruit.Finish: Solid, medium-length finish that showcases a lovely dichotomy: the peat and smoke on one side give way to the fruit and cinnamon on the other.Rating: 8.4 or *Superb*Comments: I tend to like my smoke with a bit more sweetness and fruity balance, so this is not my favorite Scotch whisky. But Ardmore Legacy is, as others have said, a great introduction into peated scotch. It’s not too complex, but it certainly gets the job done in a very pleasing manner. Sippable.Salted Alfredo Fettuccine with Pecorino Cheese

PAIRING:

2013 Arduboy for Raspberry Pi by Adafruit

I was originally going to pair this against the Baileys Irish Cream-filled Eggnog , but it turns out the Arduboy has proprietary hardware that can’t run on Windows XP, at least not at the time of this writing. So instead, I think this will match up well with a classic dessert from my childhood: frozen mangoes. My mom used to get them at Costco, and the sweetness of the frozen mangoes paired well against the salty and fruity pain au levain and cheese.

Ardmore Legacy Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Nose:

Palate: Black cherry, softened by a cottony texture. Something buttery and creamy. The sweetness of the black cherry, from the nose, is complimented by a sourness from the fruity pain au levain.

Ardmore Legacy Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Finish:

Black cherry followed by a dry and lingering touch of tobacco leaves.

Written by Mark Adams

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