Today I’ve got more special whiskies from a special event. Yes, the Whiskybase Gathering in Rotterdam was pretty epic. And fresh off finding a whisky that finally scored 93, I was looking for something else to blow my mind.
Step in 1972 Ardbeg. Something I’ve been searching for for quite a while. Both the 1976’s I’ve tried have been awesome. Big, big expectations for this.
Remember, back then Ardbeg had its own maltings and the peating levels dropped throughout the 70’s, to the point that the early 80’s were almost completely unpeated. Meaning this should have been a pretty heavily peated one.
Ardbeg 1972 Old Malt Cask Sherry Finish 50%
Nose: Clean and dirty. Lime juice, complex grapefruit with juice, peel and rind, sooty and a little floral, something frying in the next room, oils, scorched wood, quite light actually. Big medicinal notes too.
Water: Better balance with a drop of water. A bit more smoke and a little more intensity.
Taste: Great very soft arrival, long development, very oily, lime, lots of soot, grapefruit, lemon, sharp sour citrus juice (really good!), white pepper, a little fizzy-esque-ness.
Water: Better here too, more complex, more spicy and dry, more mineral. Chalk, slate and sea salt.
Finish: Long length. Not too complex but oily and sooty.
Bottled 2001. Not nearly as complex as I was expecting, and didn’t meet those big expectations I’m afraid. I think perhaps the Sherry finish just took a little of that complexity off this one. Still bloody good and very drinkable. A step up from the 1976's I've had so it deserves...
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Scotch Review #552
Whisky Network Review #647
Network Average: 74.7
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 22
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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