It was from Cadenhead's "Authentic Collection" and had been matured in bourbon hogsheads. A limited bottling of 222
A gentle snooze under a big oak tree on the nose, with a drift of peat from the bogs in the distance.
All oak on the palate with a mellow, drying finish.
Rather lovely if a little short on the finish.
I managed to sample this through talking Whisky with our decorator Terry who, I now know, has a passing interest. He received it as a present a few years ago and brought it along whilst halfway through painting and papering our bedroom.
Expectations were high and I was not disappointed.
I found a rich fruitiness on the nose, and I remembered the "prunes" I had picked up on the 16. I was striving to find another note and felt that there was a distinct maltiness coming through.
It was lighter on the palate than I had expected and the fruit was more subtle, but the maltiness more pronounced than the 16. It was less peppery too.
The finish was long and it was very easy to have another !
I enjoyed it very much ....but maybe running the risk of flying in the face of most opinion here, I found the 16 to be it's equal.
A wildflower meadow on the nose - lily?
A real hit on the palate - partly me forgetting it was full cask strength at 58.2.
The flowery notes abounded and there was a hint of something else - Chocolate cherries?
When watered down a bit, it went slightly cloudy showing me that it had not been chill filtered and the edge was taken off.
Still lilies with a lemony note when watered.
Nose: sweetness, though more muted than the Laphroaig CS Batch 001. The nose of the Laphroaig promised so much, while this Ardbeg does not. Spice, lemons, slight straw, spicy apples, candy apples.
Palate: good wet hay, not as "industrial" or "tar/ropey' as I recall the Renaissance. A very pleasant oily whisky. There is not an off note to be found here, has a remarkable balance. The wonderful farminess of Ardbeg is held together quite delicately. Has some slight fruity notes.
Finish: more of the good farm tastes of straw, hay, earth. I'm struck by the delicate character of this whisky. Nothing solidly brutal or dangerous, so this will cost it some Ardbeg points. Does not have a big mouth feel.
Overall: An incredibly balanced and very enjoyable whisky. It lacks the meatiness/depth/sherry wonder of the Ardbeg Uigeadail 'bottled in the year 2004' edition which has become my benchmark for young Ardbegs, but that bottle was supposed to have much older sherry casks mixed in with it. Still, it is the frontrunner for my Whisky of the Year. I will have to track down another bottle or three.
Steve Rush wrote:Amrut Peated.
Look forward to sampling the Cask Strength Peated at the weekend.
The CS is quite something. Delicious and a bit wild....with balls!
Last night i was on the Yamazaki 10, ended up adding a bit of Laga to get it going.
hyperfuji wrote:ardbeg provenance
Your just showing off. Isn't that just an order for Vic.
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