Ardbeg Distillery Island of Islay Scotland Whisky from 200 euros and over

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 2006

Review of a pre-reopening vintage of Ardbeg, released in 2006.

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Moet Hennessy
Average price: € 490.00
Official website: www.ardbeg.com
Vote: 88/100

I conclude the triptych of vintage 1990s released at the turn of the century with the first to reach the markets of the time, in 2006, aged sixteen years.
For the history of this exceptional trio of bottles, I refer you to the article on the first reviewed here, the 2007.
There is no need to say more, except about the content.

Tasting notes

On the nose it’s above all the maritime profile that emerges, of saltiness and sea rocks, blowing over sweet tones of pineapple cake glazed with brown sugar, lemon juice, orange peel and nutmeg. The smoke is a roast grafted into the aromas, devoid of acrid edginess but rather gentle. A soft, coastal aromatic range.
In the mouth, the coastal tones still prevail, enlivened by a sparkling note of ginger and white pepper, always maintaining a subdued, quiet voice. Less sweet but still soft and creamy, with touches of lemon and a hint of chocolate. The peaty patina is more pronounced, like a cream of burnt wood smeared on the palate. Roasted peanuts.
Rather long finish, of pinewood bonfire, baked apple, slight peppery and custard.

Finding yourself with such a subdued, almost Zen-like Ardbeg can be somewhat disconcerting for those accustomed to more muscular and fiery contemporary expressions. An expression of island peat that is elegant and calm, almost relaxing, a gem of balance and (apparent) simplicity.

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