A hugely sought after 17 year old from Ardbeg - long discontinued and sorely missed!
Bottle 1 Condition:
There is some wear to the box. Fill level at base of neck.
Bottle 2 Condition:
There is only minimal wear to the box. Fill level at into neck
Ardbeg 17 Years -Discontinued (Bot. 2002) Tasting Notes.
We only tried earlier batches (downed, actually) of the 17, so this is a first. I believe this one was the last batch ever produced but I may well be wrong. The batches from the late 1990s scored 86 in our book. Colour: pale gold. Nose: very soft, almost whispering, starting more on fresh almond milk and green tea than on straight peat smoke. I’m wondering if this isn’t less peaty than the recent Blasda. Goes on with a little fresh butter, more tea, leaves (cherry tree), seashells, waxed paper and finally graphite oil. Very, very soft-spoken. Mouth: much more oomph but it’s still no big whisky. More medicinal than on the nose, more buttery as well, with also hints of cigarette tobacco, overripe apples and marsh mallow. Stale lemon juice? A little pine resin as well (sweet cough drops) and notes of cardboard. Finish: medium long, mildly peaty and a little salty. Comments: shy and not really delivering. It’s still very good whisky of course but the lack of power does not quite fit Ardbeg’s positioning, does it? SGP:345 – 82 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||40.0%/ 70cl|