This rare expression from the Ardbeg Distillery. The distillery was close to being mothballed until it was resurrected in 1997, thankfully before the stills ran silent, some casks of Ardbeg spirit were stored in the cellars. Some of this spirit was deemed perfect to be bottled in 2015 as a homage to the 200 years of the distilleries existence. Bottle number 163/400
- Region: Islay
- Distillery: Ardbeg
- Age/Name: 33 years old
- Size: 70cl
- Strength: 50.1% ABV
- Bottled By: Distiller
- Chill-Filtered: No
Mellow and seductive, but firm and powerful at the same time, most definitely announcing its presence. A beautiful fragrance of sweet woodsmoke to start with, interwoven with a heady pungent aroma reminiscent of rum and raisin ice cream. Then comes an array of scens straight from the bakery - croissants, brioche adn freshly baking bread. Befitting a whisky of this vintage, rich notes of dark chocolate truffle are encountered, along with black cherry and aniseed.
This superbly complex dram does not need water. However, a few, sparing drops will reward the curious imbiber with some classic Ardbeg aromas: leather and a distant herbal note, like pine resin or limes.
A texture which is creamy, smooth and ever-so-lightly mouthwatering carries into a breathtaking spectrum of flavours: jasmine and Lapsang Souchong teas, abundant sweet toffee notes, a cornucopia of spices (cinnamon, pepper, star anise adn mixed spice) and juicy, ripe Seville oranges. The smoke is almost unbelievably well-integrated, persisting throughout the sumptuous taste experience, yet never overpowering the other myriad and complex flavours.
Long, with an abundance of raisins and dates. A finish as sweet as the memories it leaves behind...