Dram Review: Ardbeg Single Cask 1998 (Cask No. 2763)

[55.6%・11 Years Old・Distilled in 1998・Bottled in 2009・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2763・Single Cask Release of 270 Bottles]

Nose:

Quite a relaxed, but certainly not shy dose of maritime peat, brine-y with some coffee beans, just a tinge on the sharp side with the cedar shoe trees.  Dry twigs and wet mud on a herbal base, but still quite wonderfully lemony and sugary; solid incense and chalk contributing to the backbone and quite ashy, cigar smoke with some peppery notes on the back end.

Palate & Finish:

Lemon marmalade and apricot cubes closely followed by an oomph of spices, pepper and paprika rounded by red apple flesh and lemon oil as the peat sweeps in. Blackcurrant lozenge, linseed oil, cumin seeds, with a wee hint of coconut oil to follow for a rather short mid-palate that swiftly transitions into a much longer finishing with an ashy presence, some sichimi spices linger as notes of beef jerky and iodine iron out the tail.

Thoughts:

Reassuringly peaty. A borderline two star..

Cheers Jason for the sample and the photo.

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas