A delicious new vintage bottling from the ongoing success story that is Ardbeg. Assertive and powerful peatiness, with a lovely honeyed edge, this has been extremely popular, and it's easy to taste and it's pronounced 'Arry nam Baysht'.
Ardbeg is the last of the three distilleries near Port Ellen and may be the most picturesque distillery of the three. A distillery was founded in Ardbeg in 1794 by Alexander Stewart but Ardbeg Distillery was not licensed until 1815 by the MacDougalls. The distillery was closed for many years yet is now a true flourishing brand in the Scotch Whisky industry. All the distilleries have their names painted on the side of their warehouses and this was to help the ships and sailors to know which distillery to collect whisky from or drop off supplies too. Ardbeg was known to be the toughest of the lot and claimed many ships over the years. The bay that is in front of Ardbeg Distillery has nine known shipwreck sites and it is believed that there could be many more in the bay. Ardbeg is owned by The Glenmorangie Co which is owned by Moët Hennessy. The distillery has one wash still and one spirit still. They produce 1,150,000 litres a year. House Style: Earthy, very peaty, smoky, salty, and robust. A bedtime malt.
Nose: The initial impression is of eating Ardbeg ice cream on the beach, the combination of sea spray, creamy vanilla ice cream infused with hints of peat oil, finished with a drizzle of gooey fudge sauce. Cutting through this luscious sweetness is an exciting assortment of fennel and pine nuts, zesty limes and sherbet with a touch of geranium leaves and lavender.
Taste: Definitely Ardbeg on the taste with peat, seaweed bonfire smokiness. Crispy smoky bacon, maple syrup and antiseptic lozenges leave a peppery and oily feel on the palate. Sweet and fruity flavours of ripe autumn fruits and chocolate limes emerge as notes of black coffee, liquorice and reminders of parma violets linger in the background.
Finish: Long on the finish with dried peat and creamy notes.
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