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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.