- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- The Duchess (TDu)
- Bottling serie
- Shieldmaidens - Malin
- Stated Age
- 25 years old
- Bourbon Cask
- Number of bottles
- 49.8 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 14 Nov 2016 3:33 pm by bestofwhiskies.com
8 × in wishlist
18 × member ratings
2 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg 1991 TDu
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.29 points
- That nose though. Really, why even drink whisky? ;) I would've liked a bit more complexity for it to reach the 90 point barrier, but all in all truly good whisky.
Ah, what a delight this is! A big, yet gentle layer of sweet peat smoke. Some fresh crisp green apple, as well as pear skin and lemon peel. A whiff of straw and hay, accompanied by some crème brulee. Not super complex, but so delicately balanced.
Rich and creamy mouthfeel. A bigger and peatier arrival than expected at this age. Somewhat spicy. Nutmeg. And salt too, accompanied by peanuts and almonds, as well as pink grapefruit and soft lemon juice.
Milk chocolate, ash and earthy peat. Long and gentle.
- The Duchess is our independent bottle trademark brand for all our future single cask bottles that will be consecutively released for bestofwhiskies.com. Within the Dutchess range, The Shieldmaiden series will be the first to see the lights of day in winter of 2016.
This first release is a 25 years old Ardbeg named Malin. The Scandinavian name means ‘small warrior’. But by no means this “Malin Ardbeg” can be classified as ‘small’. But what a feisty warrior she is.
Malin has a introduction price of €750,- including VAT. Januari 2017 this bottle will be sold at €799,-
Deliveries after 22th of december.
- Balance comments: the rating for this factor is the result of low degree of complexity and very high degree of balance.
In a nutshell, this whisky is about distillery character, not wood. Proof of the long period of maturation however is to be found by experiencing the whisky 's balance, which I consider almost perfect. If you are looking for mature, naked yet perfectly balanced Ardbeg, this could be your best bet.
At first instance, a thick layer of sweetened peatsmoke. After a couple a minutes in the glass, there is no change in terms of added complexity. The peatsmoke - sweet balance is about perfect and it reminds me quite a bit of the old Ardbeg 17. Some very attractive "dunnage warehouse earthiness".
On arrival smokey and a little spicy, then becomes more tempered while the soft, whipped cream and some hints of hay gain momentum. The peatsmoke is overly present yet very gentle and there's perfect interplay with the sweetness.
Long. No development, but the refined and rewarding sweetened peatsmoke taste remains.
- Nice expression of Ardbeg, quit smoky, with fruity tones underneath. Develops in the mouth towards more complex interesting tones. Good, smoky Ardbeg whisky, very close towards the 90-points level.