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Ardbeg 13 Year Old 1991 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask

Soft and Sweet

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Dec 2011


Ardbeg 13 Year Old 1991 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask
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This Ardbeg was distilled in March 1991 and botttled by Douglas Laing at the ‘ideal drinking strength’ in October 2004. Hence is is 13 years old. It is as pale as straw.

Everything about this nose is soft: the fruitiness, the smoke, the greasy coals. Apple sauce, gooseberry and bonfire in the distance, if you know what I mean? A lot of mint and camphor. Some decomposing wood and wet stones. Soft and sweet, but very good.

On the palate, it is more powerful and somewhat grainy. It remains nicely sweet and fruity: white fruit and a bag full of limes, softly spiced and slightly smoky. Again, softer than anticipated. It reminds me a bit of lemon Geneva (oh, that is probably cursing). Dangerously drinkable.

The finish is rather short on citrus with a pinch of white pepper.

This Ardbeg is nice and probably the sweetest I have had so far. I was especially pleased with the nose. But it is a bit too soft to really be outstanding.

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