Dram Review: Ardbeg Twenty Something Guaranteed 22 Years Old

[45.4%・12 Years Old・Distilled in 1996・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Pitted Cherries, orange zest, vanilla, honey. Mellow mix of sandalwood, ginger flowers and wild flowers that turns slight brine-y with a very subtle layer of peat smoke.

Palate & Finish:

Vanilla sauce and coconut cream, ice cream caramel dressing with creamed honey before mild notes of pear and menthol surface. The soft shortbread note elongates, allowing time for the white pepper to hit along with dry herbs.

Soft finish of vanilla and brown sugar, hint of bitter chocolate to bring things to a balance.

Thoughts:

The 2017 release was a miscue but the 2018 Twenty Something picked up where the debut release left off.. quite a delicious mellow Ardbeg. I would have liked to tug one aside for a rainy day but alas there’s no guarantee I would actually get one had I registered. This dram would do just fine.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas