Dram Review: Ardbeg Twenty Something

[46.3%・23 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The peat is mild and melted into a pool of oil diesel, fumes and smoke.  Faintly Sherried and slightly milky, there’s some iodine in there but perhaps it’s a tad metallic as well. Palate & Finish: Vanilla, chocolate and Sherried fruits, the delivery is not too dramatic,…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg Grooves

Style: Sweet and Smoky Nose: Ardbeggian signatures taking a slight confectionaries turn. Gentle heat, liquorice candy coating around some lemon balm, grapes and apricots semi-glazed while smoking water building up from the background. Distant hay and peat smoke flickering, white pepper sprinkled on a dash of brine. Orange notes beginning to grow at the core.…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Ardbeg Distilled 1978

[40%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1978・Bottled in 2000・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Chocolate mousse with a hint of cream powder, faint splashes of cherry preserve and apple juice with this curious hint of burnt toast.  Some freshly plucked oyster and herbs with more fragrant fruity aromas. Palate & Finish: Light fruits with a brush of…

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Dram Review: Ardbeg Lord of the Isles

[46.0%・25 Years Old・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Mellow, delightful white fruits laced with faint hints of ash and finely dried coastal peat, some flannel seeds and a subtle layer of burnt oranges to create the depth.  The wood is elegant and soft, whilst the warming bonfire sensation subtly builds, the iodine is restrained and balanced by…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg 10 Years Old

Style: Sweet, Smoky and Sophisticated Nose: Delicate lemon tart fuses with a beautiful body of peat smoke. Hint of dry hay, seaweed, orange confectionaries core with a zesty edge. Fruitiness embraced by a gentle, icy breeze. Subtle notes of smoked ham, ginger shreds, Maraschino cherry and liquorice root lurking at the back. Very nice. Palate:…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg 1978

Style: Fruity and Elegant Nose: Dry coconut shreds and pineapple overseeing gentle amber smoke, I am getting a lot of “old-school” vibe here. Lemon zest, salt and pepper at work one level down. Vanilla oil, a touch of tar, all zinged up by citrus spice. Leather, wood incense combined with a touch of mineral notes…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg Auriverdes

Style: Vanilla fruits and Spicy Nose: A raw, higher power of spirit spice striking earthy, green medicinal top notes. Thin threads of kelp peat and smoked ham wrapping around a lesser fruity core – white peaches and dried apricots with a gentle lime zest around the edges. Vanilla orange notes slowly emerge while limestone dripping…

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Dram Review: Ardbeg Grooves Committee Edition

[51.6%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] For more information on the story behind Ardbeg Grooves, please read my friends Mr. Andrew Derbidge’s post here and the Whisky Ledger’s post here. Nose: The dram starts off with sugary sweet peat, though it is also quite brine-y and seaweed-y with notes of seafood marinara.  The earthy smoke is well integrated and…

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Dram Review: Ardbeg An Oa

[46.6%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Earthy peat filling out the initial scene, it’s organic but it is not at all confronting.  Oomph of peat burning away like glowing coal toasting sheets of nori but at the same time it feels mellow and very much approachable with the sugary aromas, some fine vanilla followed by…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 33.133 Ardbeg “Whipped with happiness”

Style: Honey and Smoky Nose:  Begins with salty breeze, seaweed and soft mineral notes. Then unveiled the thick pancake stack steaming with honey maple syrup! Powerful spice, going slightly vegetative, aroma of sizzling pan fried onions and crisp bacon. A lick of strawberry jam at the bottom. A Scottish breakfast indeed! Palate: Heading happily to…

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