Bought – Morrisons, 16th October 2014
71.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2016
79.71/100 – Whiskybase (average from 71 member votes)
I held off posting until my copy of the Whisky Bible 2015 arrived in the hope the ‘Legacy’ might be included. No such luck. But nearly 80/100 on Whiskybase from 71 member votes is a respectable rating. Not far behind the Ardmore ‘Traditional Cask’ which scores 83/100.
The Ardmore ‘Legacy’ is 40%, coloured, and probably chill-filtered. It’s replacing the ‘Traditional Cask’ which was 46%, coloured and unchill-filtered. Already you can see the complaints that will be raised about the Legacy replacing the Traditional Cask. But, I’m a firm believer in letting a whisky speak for itself, rather than damn it by comparison with what came before. The Traditional Cask was, in Ralfy’s words, the best peated whisky outside of Islay. The Legacy is a mix of peated and unpeated malt, so a different beast completely.
Update (Feb 2016): Jim Murray has included the ‘Legacy’ in his Whisky Bible 2016 where he says “must win an award for the most disappointing whisky of the year” oh dear! He summarises with “a massive shock and disappointment.”
Here’s a video about the Legacy by the German reviewer Horst Luening of Whisky.com: