Re: Ardbeg Blasda Launch
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I have just poured a dram of Blasda
N: quiet, slight oranges, lemon, vanilla ice cream, slight floral note increases with time, faint smoke, salty, sherbet sweets if you try hard enough.
T: watery smoke, bitter, salty, grapefruit, smooth, sour, iodine, green grass - water brings out more perfume, slight melon, perhaps even apple. Water softens further and gives a very smooth, cool mouthfeel but turns the flavour into smoky aniseed, sweet, slightly sharp, moving into citric flavours - grapefruit and lemon - with vanilla and biscuit.
F: grass, hay, some sweetness, vanilla, faint nuttiness, faint ashtray taste, more green grassiness. Water transforms the finish into something sweet and elegant - still vanilla, biscuit and smoke but the sour ashtrays and green grass have been tamed. Becomes toasty and a faint hint of mint.
Overall, understated and a little on the bitter/sour side. Surprisingly grassy and there is some smoke, but very much in the background. The nose is very quiet indeed - older Ardbeg seemed to have much more fruitiness going on. On sniffing, some sniffs just pick up smoky notes, and others reveal a slightly floral, slightly sweet note.
Water really improves the dram, smoothing down some of the bitterness and allowing the smoke to sit in harmony with the other flavours rather than competing with them.
This is a seriously interesting dram - perhaps expensive for what it is - and one that reveals a side of Ardbeg that is not dissimilar to some generic, unnamed Islay single malts.