Ardbeg Almost There
An older release Ardbeg.
Ardbeg Almost There is third in the run up to the release of the first Ardbeg 10 put out by Glenmorangie PLC after they acquired Ardbeg in 1997. Some production did start up in ’97, but full distillation and production didn’t begin until 1998 and that is when the distillate in this is from. The time from after the full production re-ramp up, but 3 years before LVMH bought them.
Smokey and sweet
On the nose; Peat and complex fruit mix and mingle on their way out of the glass with notes of vanilla, spice and a malty sweetness trailing behind. It’s a wonderful aroma and a little water amps things up a notch. The peat still dominates the nose, but fruit and malty sweetness get a bit bolder to balance it out more.
The palate is initially very aggressive with peat, salt and acidity. Cigar smoke, not cigar tobacco develops the longer it is left on the tongue. Hints of cooks chocolate, spice and vanilla at the back end.
Finish is very long. Peat and smoke dominate but you can also pick out the sweetness from the nose with a little patience.