Tasting note by Serge Valentin
(Ardbeg) 1973/1988 (57%, Samaroli ‘Fragments of Scotland, 648 bottles) Colour: sweet white wine. Nose: a bit less complex than the Carato but also smokier. Espresso coffee, apple skin, caramel crème, but little fruit this time. Yet, it’s got the same aromatic profile as the Carato’s. Just beautiful. Mouth: wow, a stunner again! Powerful, bold, nervous… Great vivacity! Some vegetables (turnips?), some white fruits (apples, pears, white peaches), some oysters (Islay’s of course), some pastry, some vanilla crème and lots of spices. Add to that some fabulous notes of roots (gentian, wild carrots…) and you’ll get one of the most complex – and powerful – whiskies I ever had. What a beast! With just a little more subtleness it would have made it to 95 points or above. So, 94 points. (and thanks, Bert).