Admiral wrote:Anybody got any info on this seemingly (new?) independent bottler?
I have a bottle, and know people who have tried it. The word on the street, and I trust this word, is that it is Ardbeg. That is what it seems like to me. In fact, it has the cocao quality of the better G and M Ardbeds, and a nice depth of peat. The malt comes through well. I think I posted tasking notes somewehre, will get them tommarow. Regadless if what it is, it is a good priced, cask strength Islay that is yummy. Does not have the oily and olive quality that I usually get in Caol Ila (Which I am very fond of as well).
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Score 89 Ellenstown 10yo "bastard Ardbeg" (58%, Marshall's whiskies, NCNCF) February 7th. Third time out with this lovely, and it just gets better. With just a dash of water, the nose is wonderfully balanced. Sweet malt, citrus and ozone. The smokiness fade in and out. A hint of cocoa Mouth: Congruent with the nose. Wow, this is ardbeg. Smoked oranges, dry biscuits. Powerful, the joy of a cask strength, you control how much it unleashes its power, and this is a strong malt. This really is fantastic stuff. I did not get its complexity the first time out, but this is as good OB 10. Save for the intensity of it, I would have thought this was a bit older. I am embarrassed to say that when I first tasked it upon opening, I thought it was Bowmore. Just goes to show how new I am at this. But I will tell you, this is purely one fine Ardbeg.
I was sifting through some old posts and I stumbled on this rather than posting my own.
This malt is absolutely amazing. It's got to be Ardbeg 10 uncut. I am with both bottles right now. The only way to get a better A-10yr is cask strength baby.... I'd be surprised if not. I emailed the Marshall group and have not heard back yet.
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