Whisky Review: Ardbeg Twenty One

Tasting Notes:

Ardbeg Twenty One ☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

Style: Sweet and Delicate

Nose: 

Milky coat of vanilla icing, dustiness sediments in the aroma. Toasted almonds, lemon aloe vera wrapped around by peat smoke. Briny, a handful of salted pecans, almost meaty with a deeper whiff at the back.

Palate: 

Balmy sweetness on the palate. Fragrant tropical fruits radiates with a touch of sea breeze. Lemon honey and aloe vera filling in, everything beautifully laced by subtle bonfire peat. Vanilla tinge, spice buzzing towards the end, finishes with a bit of milk chocolate bitter oak.

Finish:

Citrus traces with iodine and seared scallops. Half dried medicinal peat washing up, hints of black pepper at the end.

Thoughts:

Every Ardbeg lovers has been waiting for this since the relentless era of NAS has bestowed upon us. I am very happy that this whisky has exceeded my expectations. Exemplar quality, brilliant complexity and balance, delicate sweetness and texture. A dram you must try before you die.

[46% • 2016 • Aged 21 Years • Non Chill Filtered • Original Bottling • Limited Edition]

-Esmond

For Nicholas’ thoughts on the Ardbeg Twenty One, click here.