- Single Malt
- Adelphi (AD)
- Bottling serie
- Stated Age
- 09 years old
- Number of bottles
- 58.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 30 Oct 2008 5:35 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1999 AD
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.26 points
- A good to great young Ardbeg from a time ago. It has its wood influence (hence the full golden colour) but it isn't woody. Instead you get a rather naked dram with spice as the result of the cask influence.
Smoked cheese (this vanishes after a while), salt, wet peat (kelp), a bit of iodine (not too much), lemon, oyster, ash and wood chips. Apart from the cheese, it's rather salty and fresh.
Rather sweet, but with a kick of pepper, probably due to the ABV level. It's rather saline, peaty and mossy. Add some bitter lemon (the drink), lemon zest and cold ash and allspice and you have a classic, raw peat monster. With water, it's a bit rounder.
Fairly long and warming. The peat smoke is still present, together with charcoal ash, smoked scallops, lemon and ginger.
- Tasting Notes by Adelphi;
1 of only 274 bottles from cask no. 626
From our archives, this appears to be our first bottling of Ardbeg this century! It has certainly been worth the wait as this is young Ardbeg in its most vibrant form. A warming gold, like an autumn sun, a very rich colour for one so young. Straight away we find a chocolate-sweetness – white chocolate Malteasers. Then bags of smoke, nose prickle and apple-smoked cheese. More on the nose – cloves, allspice, bbq smoke, nutmeg and then more smoke, now a recently damped peat fire with hints of smoked meats and burnt wood. Finally, Piko Piko and Horopito (Maori ferns, very peppery). To taste, sweet, then salty, herbal and spicy with distant bonfires. With water, think of oil in the sea, bilge pumps, even diesel then charcoal with smoking, mentholated eucalyptus on top. The finish is all about sweetness and smoke with a lingering Swiss chocolate aftertaste. Invigorating.
- Serge says;
Ardbeg 9yo 1999/2008 (58.5%, Adelphi, cask #626, 274 bottles) This one was distilled by the ‘new’ owners, Glenmorangie plc. Remember, they took over in 1997. Colour: pale gold. Nose: powerful of course, and rather more ‘Ardbeg’ than the Cadenhead’s at first nosing. More tar, camphor, straight smoke and the famous ‘fisherman’s boat’ that we all know very well. With water: cough syrup galore and tarmac galore. And tons of smoke. Mouth (neat): once again, it’s fatter and oilier than the Cadenhead’s, and mucho more medicinal as well when neat. Engine oil (not that we sip engine oil too often), cough syrup, lemon syrup, green apple liqueur (remember, the one they make in Spain) and then even more cough syrup. Graphite, pencil lead. Not very complex but very idiosyncratic, as they say. With water: well, this time it hasn’t got all of the Cadenhead’s phenolic profile, even if it’s more pungent. It’s as if it was a slightly lighter spirit, with a little less ‘grease’ and ‘fattiness’ but more cleanliness. Strange that water worked that way. Finish: long, of course. Just a little cardboard. Lemon. Comments: very, very interesting to compare both spirits with little wood influence. Most interestingly, the younger one was bigger and fattier when at cask strength, whereas it’s the older one that was the most phenolic and fat when diluted down to +/-45%. It’s as if the ‘younger’ distillate has been ‘pushed’ a bit. Oh no, the purifier again? SGP:268 - 87 points. (and thank you, Konstantin)