Ardbeg 21yo – Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Today we received a sample of Ardbeg’s 21yo Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky to review and offer our readers an insight as to what they can expect from this dram.
Anyone who knows me, will know that I’m not a great lover of SUPER heavily peated whiskies, however with that said, I’m always willing to give something a try (mainly whisky). Below is what I thought of this latest release from Ardbeg.
NOTE: This is a “Committee Only” release and is very limited. This means this 21 year old is being sold exclusively to members of the Ardbeg Committee, you can join the committee by clicking the following link, Ardbeg Committee. When I clicked earlier today I did notice that all bottles were already sold out.
Nose… no sure signs of Islay’s famous peat smoke, which allows the true notes of the whisky to escape, oily fresh fish, a little wood char, wet tea bags and a lovely burst of vanilla pods.
Taste… oily and mouth coating, more oak notes, damp and well fired, honey and vanilla slice, herbal tingles and a powdery peppery finish
Finish… coastal and long
This 21yo did feel like a true 21yo, with it’s age shining through in the complex but rounded flavors. But, is it worth the price tag £310… it certainly is a special dram and as it is now sold out you’ll be lucky to pick this up anywhere other than at auction, where you will surely pay a premium.
The jury is out on the price for me, but this whisky was one of the best I have tasted in this age bracket this year! (so far) #yougetwhatyoupayfor