An old limited edition bottling of 1977 vintage Ardbeg. This was released in small batches between 2001 and 2004. Rare and delicious, Jim Murray awarded this 96 points and described it as "simply one of the greatest experiences". Non chill-filtered for greater flavour. Please note that box and label are slightly damaged.
Nose: An enormous whisky, embodying the perfect balance of sweetness, fruit and deep smoky aromas. This vintage is a truly sensational example of Ardbeg matured in quality American oak ex-bourbon barrels. Toffee and fudge sweetness emerges first with peat encased in milk chocolate. Mandarin fruit is discovered through the chocolate with a sprinkling of cocoa powder. The oak is gentle and scented, both balsamic and spicy revealing eucalyptus oil and cinnamon. With water, dessert sweetness is uncovered with lemon curd and bitter almonds followed by vanilla. The deep smokiness of Ardbeg emerges with the hallmark aromas of tarry rope and cigar smoke, yet it is soft and scented with woodsmoke, burning incense sticks and cappuccino coffee.
Palate: Sensationally smooth and peaty, a mouthful of soft and chewing peat smoke rapidly takes centre stage. The mouthfeel is at once silky, velvety and chewing. The flavours are sweet and scented with milk chocolate, mandarins and parma violets. Peat is present throughout the taste, constantly filling the palate with cocoa and scented smoke from beginning to end.
Finish: The taste refuses to go away. The finish is very long and scented with woodsmoke, mandarins and cocoa.
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