I will depart from standard form and refrain from a detailed description of aromas and tastes, as the whisky is so new I would hate to dampen anyone's preconceived notions about it - we should at least give it a week of freedom!
What I shall do instead is provide a more qualitative description of the whisky.
It is Ardbeg from the get-go - a strong heady aroma with excellent legs. Included in the make-up is some sherry aged spirit, which introduces a touch more colour than I have been used to in Ardbeg expressions.
The high alcohol content guaranteed a bit of a punch in the mouth, but fortunately it was no-where near as horribly overdone as was the case in Supernova. It delivered a very hot feel on the palate to complement some of the flavors found in the 10yo, while not drowning out a few interesting additions.
The finish? Well, I can't help but say it was missing something. After rolling round in my mouth for nearly a minute I expected a smooth yet rough, complex and slightly boorish, 'Ardbeggy' like finish - but it wasn't there. It felt like somebody had eaten the last chocolate in the box - there was a hole where Ardbeg is usually at its best.
So, is it a belting expression of a belting whisky? My answer would be 'Yes, but is it really Ardbeg?'
the nose made chills go up my spine.....
smoke straight away...lemon and wintergreen...??...spicy peppers on the nose....
mouth: hmmm..........pitch...smoke....jalapenos?????...a lively one from ardbeg here....sesame?????.....corn hair....sourdough!!!!!....this just keeps on going!!!!
i am a bit speechless.....
It was ardbeg all the way from nose to palate. a briney nose with a lot of herbal notes like fresh young tree leaves with some menthol in it. the smoke and peat is predominant as you take it in but it then rounds out with a herbal/vegetative taste (reminds me of chinese herbal medicine). it just keeps going, some fudge and citrus in there with long herbal and eucalyptus finish
Ganga wrote:Had the Rollercoaster on Monday. It was very interesting. Rollercoaster lives up to its name. The flavors are all over the place.
Is this available all over CA? I so want to get my hands on a couple bottles.
i haven't seen much around southern cal, hi times and wine and liquor depot are out.
but i get the feeling the rollercoaster may become a regular bottling
Drammed wrote:I sent some of my friends out to look for it in So Cal but no luck so far
theres a store called mission liqour in pasadena,ca. look there, i think they had 3 bottles left but at $100 instead of the usual $80.
Ardbeg311 wrote:Nothing in Rome yet. But there are still some Corryvreckans on the shelf
didnt ardbeg limit the bottles of rollercoaster? its been out for some time now, is it possible you wont be getting it in rome?
I think I'll just get one from Ardbeg themselves if I want another one.
Has he no shame?
PaulP wrote:Has he no shame?
No because he's actually breaking one of E-bay's rules he's quoted !
This is still available from a retail outlet i.e. the Old Kiln .
BTW the video you posted is of the Kilchoman auction.....
Had a look on the Laddie day one and there was only Duncan on the left hand side !
There were about 4 of them buying up as many bottles as possible on the first few days. I'll let you know if they are at the festival this year or you could just check ebay about a week later!
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