An old single cask Ardbeg 1973 bottled from a bourbon hogshead for the Italian market in 2004.
Colour: gold. Nose: much more classically Ardbeg, with lots of tar, peat smoke, liquorice, wet hay and wet dog plus a little eucalyptus and camphor as well as lemon juice and fresh almonds. Very bold and sort of electric. Huge notes of new tyres, coal smoke… This is just ‘Ardbeg’. Fab stuff. Mouth: a superb attack again, on espresso coffee, chestnut honey and of course lots of peat. Peated malt (grains), salted liquorice, hints of cloves and nutmeg plus some great oaky tones… Gets very medicinal… and a long finish on chlorophyll, peat, liquorice and a pinch of salt… Yes, just fab and, again, dangerously drinkable. 95 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|Bottling Date||14 October 2004|
|ABV/ Volume||49.5%/ 70cl|