Ardbeg 1975/2005 (44.7%, OB
for Islay Festival, fino, Cask #4719, 188 bottles) Colour:
gold. Nose: exceptional, a superb mix of peat smoke and tea. Some
meaty notes, oxtail, smoked ham. Develops on herbal notes, hay, with
very little fruitiness. Very maritime at that, and also quite medicinal.
Great, as expected. Mouth: not extremely powerful and rather dry attack.,
like a peppered tea. Then some tropical fruits do appear, but it’s
still dry. Very strong tea, with lots of tannins, cocoa, and quite
some oak. Long but austere finish, always very dry. 92 points.