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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer ARDBEG
(ISD selections are not presented at the LCBO press preview tasting. Last appeared in Vintages (not presented) on March 19, 2010 at $164.95.) CSPC 660860
Type Spirit - Scotch Whisky
Agent Cha Hob
Country Scotland
Not Permitted to Taste By Vintages
LCBO Note Status
TASTING NOTE: Massive yet tiny. Loud yet whispering. Seemingly ordinary from the bottle, yet unforgettable. It is snowing outside my hotel room in Calgary, yet the sun, in my soul at least, is shining. I came across this bottling while lecturing the Liquor Board of British Columbia in Vancouver , so one assumes it is a Canadian market bottling. It was one of those great moments in my whisky life on a par with tasting for the first time the Old Malt Cask 1975 at a tasting in Denmark. There is no masking genius. The only Scotch to come close to this one is another from Ardbeg, Corryvreckan. That has more oomph and lays the beauty and complexity on thick...it could easily have been top dog. But this particular Uigeadail (for I have tasted another bottling this year, without pen or computer to hand and therefore unofficially, which was a couple of points down offers something far more restrained and cerebral. Believe me: this bottling will be going for thousands at auction in the very near future, I wager. 54.2%. Score: 97.5 (Jim Murray, Whisky Bible, 2012) ANOTHER TASTING NOTE: Nose: Intensely smoky. Dry, clean, tangy smoke. Like standing downwind of the barbecue while steaks are char-grilled on the beach. Palate: Firm, very smooth, then explodes on the tongue. Finish: Hot. Alcoholic. A shock to the system. Score -- 9 1/4 (out of 10). (Michael Jackson, Whisky Magazine, Dec. 28, 2003).   Price $ 166.95
Bottle Size 700 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - January 19, 2013
Cases bought 30 (6 bottles per case)

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