How wonderful old (both production time and maturity) can taste bottlings, this Ardbeg demonstrates exemplary.
The typical Ardbeg character is there without the smoke being too direct or dominant, with notes that are often only found on older whiskys. All this is perfectly balanced despite only 40%.
The distillery character is recognizable from the beginning very well. Old furniture meets wet moss, cider, cinnamon and vanilla. Then leather, green tea and cedar wood emerge. The smoke is much more discreet than today's Ardbegs, of course, the long maturation time plays a role.
After a while, the cider and leather become stronger and stronger.
The texture is wonderfully oily. The first flavors are salt and dark chocolate. Mint and liquorice lurk behind it. The ash-like smoke is almost gone, it tastes very tender.
Despite the low alcohol, the finish is relatively long. Licorice and some soot dominate.