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Ardbeg 14 Year Old 1993 Cadenhead’s Original Collection

Caffé Latte with Two Sugars

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Dec 2011

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William Cadenhead, probably Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, released this Ardbeg 1993 in 2008, in their Original Collection, after a maturation of 14 years on a bourbon cask. Judging by the color, I would say this was a refill cask.

The nose is meaty and sweet, as if one had sprinkled brown sugar on smoked bacon. Quite a bit of marzipan as well. Cappuccino with whipped cream. Not much peat to speak off. It excels in its subtlety. A bit waxy too.

Very sweet attack with citrus and peat coming in fast. Caffé latte with two sugars. Quite atypical, if you ask me, because there is hardly any brine, smoke or tar present. A bit salty, sure. Lemon juice with a bitter lining.

The long finish is a continued battle between sweet and salt.

I would not have guessed this was an Ardbeg, had I tasted it blind.

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2 comments

@Andrew
Andrew commented

Nice Series of reviews on the Indie Ardbegs. It's nice to see a lot of indies available for the "between" years, '91 through '94 seem to crop up often. I've had a couple Murray McDavid (they did a '91 9y/o that I am particularly fond of) an OMC and a Duncan Taylor.

Any chance you know who was operating the distillery during those years?

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@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Thanks, Andrew. The distillery was operated by Allied Distillers from 1989/1990 until 1997 when Glenmorangie PLC took over.

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