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Ardbeg Perpetuum

Two Ardbegs and a Ten: Part 2 of 2

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

28th Nov 2015

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  • Nose
    21
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    88

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This limited release (from earlier this year) celebrates the distillery's 200th anniversary. It is a mix of different casks, including American oak, French oak, refill and many others.

The colour is a very light straw, similar to the Ten but cloudier. Rather restrained on the nose, this is quite grassy with salty sea air, lemon pith, sweet peat and buttered croissants. Pineapple, believe it or not. Smokier with water. Rather floral, and maltier than the usual Ardbeg.

On the palate there are many of the same notes, with peat, lemon, vinegar and brine. Lots of citrus, actually. Light oils. Malty but with very little oak influence. Sooty. Comes together nicely with water; very nice.

The finish is great - a big long burst of seaweed, lime and wet campfire. I brought this on vacation in Halliburton with my girlfriend (who is a committed peat-head) and she loved it. I really enjoy this - it's a lighter version of the 10 Year Old, but shares many of the same characteristics. Dave Broom scored this one a 90. All but impossible to find now, I think.

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9 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

Age stated, NCF, 46% and always pretty reliable, you can't really go wrong with the good old 10 yo at considerably less simoleans than Ardbegs hyped up NAS releases. Thanks for the review.

3 years ago 0

Taco commented

This is definitely better than recent Tens, which I'd put down as 85ish. Worth having even at 85% higher price.

3 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

Easy to find if you're near a Binny's in Illinois. It's even on sale right now for $90. And I think my local stores in Madison (Wisconsin) are still stocking it, for $100+.

3 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

This bottle was $160CDN in Ontario!

3 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

Come to BC, @talexander, it's a mere $143.75 here. Even the 10 is over $100 these days.

3 years ago 0

Taco commented

I can get it for $80-85 w/tax. Ten is $45-50.

3 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@BlueNote, I am! I arrive in Vancouver Thursday afternoon, am attending the Whistler Film Festival - hopefully I can bring back something special for much less than I would pay here.

3 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@talexander. Unfortunately I can't promise you any great bargains here, but you might find something you can't get at home. You might want to PM Nozinan, he was out here last week and picked up a few items. I recently picked up the 2015 Cairdeas at around $100 and the latest Bowmore Tempest at around $80. Enjoy the film festival. You just missed some nice sunny weather here. we are back to the more seasonally normal...rain. Cheers.

3 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

Thanks, @BlueNote! Yes, I checked the weather...rain in Vancouver, snow in Whistler. Ah well.

3 years ago 0

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