- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- whiskyforyou.it (WFY)
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- Number of bottles
- 50.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 27 Sep 2010 5:35 pm
24 × in wishlist
59 × member ratings
25 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1991 WFY
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.82 points
- This bottle was opened on Ardbegs tasting in December 2018 and my initial score was 90/100 (22 23 23 22) mainly because of the pretty shy nose. Though when I retasted this malt after 3 months in a sample some magic took place: the score plunged to 92/100 (23 23 23 23), the nose really improved with time. So don't make haste with this one, it needs time.
- N: what a pleasure, what a privilege to bring such a confrontation home. We feel the common traits, as we feel the nuances of difference: we start from the latter. It exalts (to full degree ...) the sharpest side: the acrid peat is even more acrid, mineral and earthy, and it marries to an even excessive marinity: brine in throttle, and still smog, burnt rubber. Here, too, there is citrus, but much more intense: the typical Ardbeg lemon, but also orange (candied?). From the mighty island side, molasses of 'sweetness' are unleashed, from talcum powder to strawberry jam, from chinotto to licorice. Special peppery tips. With oxygen, everything is melted with a remarkable equilibrium. The addition of water does not move, but opens and illuminates (maybe the strawberry is a little 'more obvious?). P: a slaughtering palate! Here he follows a path mirroring the opposite of the other of Nadi; not that it started from a not very intense nose, mind you; however, to a less evident olfactory phase, here follows a roaring palate of exceptional intensity and quality. The caramel sweetness of the cask is constant and massive, among the strawberries, the syrup, the licorice, the orange jam. Under this block, the peat comes alive, acrid and brutal but composed; savory and peppery, also mineral, burnt rubber tips. Top. Smoke is constant, intense. Panic. F: very long, indeed, infinite, all on the isolanità of the whisky - peat, sea water; burnt wood, ash. Strawberries, not to forget the palate. Mamma Mia. Well, what to say, in this case the myth is fully justified: complex, intense, constantly evolving. http://whiskyfacile.com/2014/10/10/ardbeg-18-yo-19912009-whiskyforyou-it-50/
It smells like barbecue! Grilled meat, charcoal, firewood.
At aeration, it is a fruity side that develops with a lot of apple but not in the same way as in the young whiskys. There is also a vanilla and medicinal (light) side.
After a long aeration, aromatic herbs take over with menthol notes.
Attack on peat and firewood. Alcohol is very well mastered. Sweet mouth and less rich than the nose. Younger.
Long on peat and its adjacent.
- Waow !!! I was afraid of being carried away during the WA session, which saw me buy two bottles of this beverage, but I have no regrets. My best Ardbeg to date, in front of the 1977. When we know that this whisky is supposed to look like old Ardbeg (dixit some SV), we understand better why they are so popular. I come back after selling my soul to the devil to buy me a 1974 Provenance and a 1967 Kingsbury!
Pretty shy at the start, it develops very well afterwards. First seafarer, it is quickly embellished with licorice, medicinal notes (syrup for cough), a light fruit (apple), camphor, tarred hemp, malt. The peat is far from being shy, but still underlying, it is the crucible in which the other aromas are melted. And it's even better with a little water! Eucalyptus (Vicks lozenge), iodine, smoked sausage, and so on. At the same time very complex and yet simple, one explores here a register in all its nuances.
The attack is pleasantly cool, before warming up under the joint action of peat and spices (pepper). The medium sees the appearance of fruity (apple) and citrus notes (lemon juice). The whole is terribly medicinal (always the syrup for cough). A little water still improves this mouth. Like the nose, the profile remains the same but becomes even more medicinal and marine, with more iodine, more camphor, licorice and good medicine. The slight discomfort that could cause alcohol disappears completely, leaving only the best expression.
Long, liquorice, salty and peaty. Excellent.