Ardbeg 10 Year old
My Mother's Father
23rd Jul 2012
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Tasting Notes by McGrain
This whisky just flat out reminds me of my grandfather. He was a crofter and a peat cutter. I've tried this before and wasn't reminded of him at all but now i can't shake it...strange.
Nose: Fresh cut peat, some pipe-smoke; fascinating how the peat and the pipe-smoke can seem so distinct.There seems to be oranges in there too.
Mouth: Peaty like half-burnt clods, peat that went onto the fire late and didn't take properly. Now you're taking it off the day after. Behind that is all sorts maybe even chocolate liquorice? Citrus hints again. One or two pleasing burnt notes. Burnt bacon?
After: Give up all that violence to a mild, warming finish. It's beyond all belief that such an aggressive whisky should end so politely.