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Ardbeg hardly needs any kind of intro, but just for completeness’ sake, I’ll just say this. Ardbeg is famous for it’s very peated malts and hails from Islay. They are considered by many whisky aficionados to be among the best whiskies in the world.
This classic 10 Year Old is non chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.
While I’m still admiring the strawlike color, the scent of peat already permeates the air. It’s dominant, but after a couple of whiffs you can also discover grassy notes and burnt rubber – even a little bit of overripe banana.
Putting the Kleenex next to me for my first gulp was somewhat premature. Sure, it’s a peated dram, but it doesn’t burn. It’s very herbal and leaves you with a lingering warmth.
That warmth remains during the intense and long spicy finish.
Yes, this is classic Ardbeg and should be considered essential to every whiskylover’s cabinet.