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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer ARDBEG
Orange-tinged medium light golden yellow colour. Intense, faintly spicy, gently honeyed, beeswax-apple-plum nose with some smoky notes. Very dry, intense, medium-full bodied, smooth, plum-citrus flavours with a lingering, somewhat smoky, cedar-tinged finish. Not quite up to when it last appeared in Vintages (***+) on August 30, 2014 at $187.95 and was Recommended. CSPC 211730
Type Spirit - Scotch Whisky
Agent Cha Hob
Country Scotland
Rating ***/***+(95 points)
Solid, Intense, Smoky
LCBO Note Status A Vintage Assessments Explorer's Selection!
TASTING NOTE: Nose: excellent, thick, not entirely un-penetrable - but close - nascent smoke and a vignette of salty, coastal references save the day; Taste: amazing: here perhaps the citrus leading the way in both tart and sweet form and then meaningful speeches from those saline-based, malty sea-spray refreshed barley notes with the oak, in vanilla form, in close proximity. The peat, almost too dense to be seen on the nose, opens out with a fanfare of phenols. It is slumping-in-the-chair stuff, the enormity of the peat taking on the majesty of Cathedral-esque proportions, the notes reverberating around the hollows and recesses and reaching dizzying heights; such is its confidence, this is a malt which says: "I know where I'm going...!"; Finish: long, outwardly laconic but on further investigation just brimming with complexity. Some brown sugary notes help the barley the come up trumps late on but in its effortless enormity...even by Ardbeg standards: Balance: as famous writers - including the occasional genius film director (stand up wherever you are my heroes Powell and Pressburger) - appear to be attracted to Corryvreckan, the third most violent whirlpool found in the world and just off Islay, to boot - I selected this as my 1,500th whisky tasted for the historic Jim Murray Whisky bible 2009. I'm so glad I did because many have told me they thought Blasda ahead of this. To me, it's not even a contest. Currently I have only a sample. Soon I shall have a bottle. I doubt if even the feared whirlpool is this deep and perplexing. Score - 96.5 (Jim Murray, Whisky Bible, 2014) Price $ 188.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - September 19, 2015
Cases bought 49 (6 bottles per case)

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