These 3 are some of the best peated whisky I have had, last drops of the longrow and Caol Ila
Plus I will also try this that I have never had before :-
Lets see how a mighty Ardbeg compares to some of my favourites?
All whisky in mini Glencairns with glass lids
Longrow is delicate, Brora has depth, Caol Ila has power, Ardbeg quite delicate with sweet peat and some nice fruit notes.
The Longrow grows with time in the glass, as does the Brora, the Caol Ila actually diminishes slightly1 - Longrow2 - Brora3 - Caol Ila4 - Ardbeg1st tasting
Longrow first as lowest abv
Longrow, outstanding perfect balance and weight, Brora is smooth creamy but then swamps your tongue in peat, powerful.The Caol ila is restrained at first but then, takes your palate apart on a wave of massive and I mean Massive wave of peat, the Ardbeg is very smooth and creamy the peat is evident.2nd tasting
Longrow, so smooth and creamy and the peat is really evident now and you would think it was over 50%.
The Brora is thick and creamy, some fruit emerging but its not overpowering in any way.
The Caol Ila, has crippled my tongue, hells teeth there is some power here.
Before the Ardbeg and due to the power of the CI a breather and lots of mouth rinsing
Ardbeg is very mellow, restrained but for me even at almost 56% underpowered but that could be due to the fact that its sweeter and well smoother I suppose so need another mouthful to be sure before I rate it.
Taste wise its lagging behind but it is certainly nice.Result1 - Longrow
2 - Brora 20043 - Caol Ila 1974 SV4 - Ardbeg Provenance 1974 1st release.
Wow that was a ride, the Longrow wins because it is so elegant but also packs a punch even though its the lowest strength.
Even though the Ardbeg was last It will be my highest scoring Ardbeg to date but I was expecting more. I have been 100% honest here it is just that the Ardbeg was in with some big hitters and basically the referee stopped it as a contest but all 4 are quality yet all 4 are not worth the money at auction so where does that leave everyone.
Let me think about that one, all I know is that Longrow is a work of art period and now its all gone, The Caol Ila is also a bottle kill so I am off out for a few beers and a curry to take my mind of that very sad fact