Long a producer of spirit that formed the core of the Teacher's blends, the launch of Ardmore Traditional in 2007 opened up a new chapter in the distillery's life. Bucking the Speyside region's classic honeyed and sweet flavour profile, Traditional was peated, with a rich and smoky backbone – a shock to those expecting something similar to the whisky's from Ardmore's neighbours.

Since then, smoky Speysiders have been more common, but Ardmore has always been the benchmark, slowly expanding its range and showing another side to Scotland's most populous whisky-producing region.

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