ARDBEG AGED 24 YEARS ~ ISLAY, SCOTLAND
89/100 Whisky Base
Whisky Magazine "Rich and creamy, with huge flavour development."
Master of Malt "Pure Ardbeg pleasure in every drop. Savour it."
Very yummy Ardbeg single malt, matured for 24 years before being bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company!
Nose - Through smoked sea salt and rockpool notes comes old leather and sandalwood as well as black cherry, Refreshers sweeties and loads of vanilla softness. Thick lumps of fresh-dug peat provide an earthy smoke throughout.
Palate - Beach bonfire, bitter woods, gentian and plenty of meaty chorizo and biltong are balanced beautifully against sweet black fruit, conference pears and plenty of buttery biscuit and rich nuttiness.
Finish - A medicinal, menthol note lingers among charred smoke and cockles.
Ardbeg lies solitary, in a small cove off the south coast of Islay. It was once a stage for illegal distillation when smugglers took advantage of the remote location and exceptional conditions for whisky production. Eventually, excise men seized the original, illegitimate buildings from the smugglers and destroyed them. It was not until 1815 that a legal distillery was established and founded by John McDougall. Sitting nearby leviathan distilleries; Laphroaig and Lagavulin, Ardbeg has always produced a very sought-after single malt, despite its production scale being less than half that of its neighbours.