A 1979-25yr Old Cask Strength & a 1979-26yr Old Cask Strength.
Does anyone have any experience with these? Tasting notes? Comments?
I'd hate to spend $300 apiece for these without a clue.
I have had an Ardbeg 26yo 1979 (2005?) GM Spirit of Scotland (but only a small dram and NOT a full bottle). The seller was very excited to have these bottles and went so far as to state, “I have had the Ardbeg Provenance [U.S. edition] and I think this is even better.”
Well, I have not had the Ardbeg Provenance, but if this GM bottling is better than I think I am in for a real letdown with the Provenance. I found the whisky to be very powerful and very good, but could not see my way clear to paying the asking price of $275.00. If I could get it for less than $125.00 then I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it.
I think this is one you should taste before buying.
Nose: Smoke and pine. Grapes and berries.
Palate: Medium body. Smoke, tar, salt and peat. Sweet, fruity and smooth.
Finish: Quite short and peaty.
Found a note I've done quite a while ago... Just don't read to much in the quite low score. I tasted it after a dram of Springbank 1966...
Unfortunately here in the States we normally don't get a large selection of Ardbegs, usually just the 10, Uigeadail and an occasional Murray McDavid. So when a well aged Ardbeg pops up the prices head to the moon.
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