I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this one yet, as Ardbeg is one of my favourite whiskies.
This 10 year old was my first try of Ardbeg too. I happened to be at a hotel bar that had it and it blew my mind. Later I bought a bottle, and actually it wasn’t as good as I remembered the dram in the bar being. Since then I have gone back to the hotel and tried it again and it must have been the same bottle, because it was amazing again.
So, I think batch differences must be in play.
My full bottle I had was much more about the lime citrus and smoke, whereas the drams at the hotel were all orange and soot. Mmmmmmm… either way it’s delicious stuff. Anyone else noticed batch differences with this one?
Also, can we get a 100 proof (57%) or cask strength version of this please Ardbeg? We all know it would be epic.
Nose: A great combination of strong smoke and delicate sweetness, really well balanced. Creamy, cough sweets, some fruit and citrus- lime, hay, quite earthy too. Going even sweeter with time, sweet vanilla, more citrus- lemon and lime, a small meaty note- salted dried ham?
Taste: Creamy and oily to start, building peat with background sweetness. Lime tang, lemon too, then the peat hits with lots of burning hay, earthy notes, some light spice- nutmeg. There’s a great balance of the heavy intense peat and the light, lifting citrus. Mouthfeel is great too, very oily and mouth-coating.
Finish: Medium length. Creamy oily tangy citrusy soot coats the mouth.
1st and 2nd fill bourbon matured. Very balanced and complete in a way.
(80/100 for the dram at the hotel bar)
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