Ardbeg Whisky – Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Rollercoaster

Ardbeg Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Exclusive Ardbeg Committee 10th Anniversary Edition 57.3% Alc/vol. 70cl

This dram contains a portion of Single Malt distilled in every year from 1997 to 2006, and this is what they used…

1997 Cask: Second Fill Barrel
1998 Cask: Refill Hogshead
1999 Cask: First Fill Barrel
2000 Cask: First Fill Barrel
2001 Cask: Refill Barrel
2002 Cask: Refill Barrel
2003 Cask: First Fill Barrel
2004 Cask: First Fill Barrel
2005 Cask: Second Fill Sherry Butt
2006 Cask: Refill Hogshead

There were only 15,000 bottles produced and that was to go round over 50,000 committee members, Jim managed to obtain 2.

Well this is another bottle that Jim opened at his recent birthday bash, and did it taste great or what?

You will see from “Our Whisky” we do have a few special Ardbegs.

This is also a distillery that is a must visit to anyone who visits Islay, Jim visits on every trip.

Jim is also a member of the Ardbeg Committee and would suggest everyone to become a member and be kept up to date with all things Ardbeg, together with special one off bottlings that are only offered to Committee members.

Ardbeg Distillery Limited,
Isle of Islay,
Argyll,
Scotland PA42 7EA

Owners, Glenmorangie Co

website www.ardbeg.com

telephone: 01496 302236

Ardbeg is Gaelic for ‘Small Headland’.

The tasting.ardbeg-rollercoaster

Colour…Very pale yellow gold

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Damp peat and a lot of soot, but showing some sweetness.

Taste…Warming tingled from the peat, loads of spices, smoke, salt and pepper and that beach bonfire.

Finish… Medium to long, sweet and smokey with a coal fire sootiness.

Score… 4 corks

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Some chocolate and a little fruit, not liking the smokey peat too much.

Taste… Cant get away from the peat and the smoke, prefer my Speysides

Finish…Short to medium finish, that sweet smoke and peat lingers just a little too long for me.

Score…2.5 Corks

Overall score 3.5 Corks
Jim cannot remember any time in the past that he did not have a bottle or two of Ardbeg in his cabinet, and he cannot envisage any time when there is no Ardbeg in the house.

Nicola cannot get to grips with the heavy and smokey Islay’s, but as for Jim, this is from the Gods, suits Jim’s palate and taste buds and it is right up his street as far as a wonderful Islay Single Malt Whisky goes.

Remember to visit the website and join the Committee and tell them the Whisky Boys asked you.

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