Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Moet Hennessy
Average price: € 490.00
Official website: www.ardbeg.com
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.
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.
Reviews of Ardbeg whisky in the blog:
Ardbeg 8yo For Discussion
Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 2007
Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 2008
Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg (Commitee Members Release)
Ardbeg Blaaack (Committee Members Release)
Ardbeg Blaaack Limited Edition
Ardbeg Dark Cove
Ardbeg Drum (Committee Members Release)
Ardbeg Supernova SN2019
Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19yo Batch 1
Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19yo Batch 2
Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19yo Batch 3
Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5yo
Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 1991 (13yo)