An exclusive rollercoaster of a dram to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee!
• 57.3% ABV
• non chill-filtered
• Max. two bottles per member (while stocks last)
Age = 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10 + 12 years old all in one. (so 3 years old if it should be stated.)
An enormous whisky, embodying the perfect fusion of sweetness, spice, creamy malt and deep smoke; this specially selected whisky is a sensational example of multi-layered classic Ardbeg.
Fudge, burnt sugar and treacle toffee emerge first with peat encased in dark chocolate. Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg spices bring warmth and richness before a wave of iodine, coal tar and linseed oil takes hold. Fresh top notes of menthol, fennel and pine resin lift you higher. Then, as you dip further into the glass, deep notes of liquorice root, leather, brambles and black cherries crescendo from the glass along with hallmark Ardbeg beeswax.
With water, smoke bellows from the glass with smokey chimneys, leafy bonfires, charcoal and tea leaves. A stoney beach is discovered next, covered with crispy seaweed, creosote and resinous tarry ropes. A bowlful of apples and pears awaits you, dipped in toffee with dates and spices. Smoky asparagus and sweet potato emerge with pepper and earthy peat.
Big, rich and exceedingly smooth and peaty, with a fusion of Ardbeg tastes rolling over the tongue. The mouthfeel is at once creamy and chewy, coating the entire palate with a wave of silk-velvet smoke.
Fragrant peat smoke rolls over the tongue bringing black cherries, cloves, chocolate ganache and fudge; a deliciously smoky dessert. A breeze of fresh coriander, menthol and violets lifts to the roof of the mouth, followed by chewy sugared almonds and tangy lime juice. Waxy peat smoke is present throughout, constantly filling the palate with rolling cooca, clotted cream and scented smoke from beginning to end.
The taste refuses to go away. The finish is long and scented with fragrant wood smoke, spices (cloves and aniseed) and clotted cream.