Bottled in 1996, this 'Guaranteed' 30 year old Ardbeg was one of the last releases by Allied distillers before Glenmorangie's Takeover in 1997.
This release of 30 year old Ardbeg was limited to only 29 casks.
Unofficial data courtesy Geert B. Colour: gold. Nose: needs time after the two rather monstrous 1972s, but the delicacy in it and the subtle notes of smoked teas win us over. High-end lapsang souchong, pipe tobacco, pu-erh, a little marmalade and the subtlest earthiness. Mouth: a marvellous blend of lime tree tea, mint, rosemary, hawthorn, liquorice allsorts and ‘smoky bubblegum’ (for lack of better terms). All delicacy and elegance. Finish: relatively short, but so elegant…
Comments: an old lady that would have had a black belt in karate. As co-taster Sukhinder says, it’s getting better and better as we’re getting older. SGP:445 - 91 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|# Released bottle||-|
|ABV/ Volume||40.0%/ 70cl|