Ardbeg 22y 1974/1996, 40%, G & M for Italy (Sestante), white label - Islay - 89/100
The nose is very soft ... sea, salt, seaweed, very zubtile all. Light smoke too, and iodium. Juicy, sweet orange. Blessed! The taste is also soft and gives salt, smoke and peaches in syrup. Misses some punch. Yes, on the taste he loses some points. Not a very long but tasty, salty aftertaste.
Conclusion? Very tasty whisky, but he could be something more powerful. And, I miss the soft, sweet peat that is so characteristic of Ardbeg from that period. I do not earn 94 points for me, but 71 much less. 89 it will be.
The whisky level in Geert's bottle was already low, forgotten questions how long the bottle was already open. If the bottle has been open for several years, it is perhaps logical that the phenols are largely volgaged, and that my closed bottle still has these phenols. Or not, of course. Pfff ... open or not? Given the resale value, I will soon venture for it anyway, I think. The mellow matured whisky (frankly absolutely no idea what that 'mellow matured' refers to) in my bottle is still relatively high in the neck and the whisky itself is pretty 'limpid', that Italian tax label will have to believe it anyway. http://onversneden.com/2009/11/05/ardbeg-22y-1974-%E2%80%98mellow-matured%E2%80%99/