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Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM


Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:14 pm

Hi Nick

"BTW, nice notes Steve" - cheers!

I'm having a great time. I only have 3 Ardbegs tonight but there all great.

Good to see you're getting through a good range tonight and it's good to read your notes too.

Now I'm back to the standard 10 which is superb in my humble opinion.

Take care
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:20 pm

Ardbeg Almost There (Thanks again, MT!)

Nose: So much sweeter than the VY. Can't get much maritime characteristics. Nice nose of peat but far from overpowering. Can easily see where it's evolving towards an A10...

Palate: Quite a bit of iodine. A hit of alcohol on front of tongue but rest of palate picks up on a nice sweetness. Sweetness from fruit rather than a sherry sweetness. (Duh.) Still pretty light on its feet.

Finish: Fuller than the VY. Rough edges gone. Nice smoky finish.
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:21 pm

Hi Gordon

"I took this to Islay last summer and gave a try of it to the "Head" Ardbegmeister , he loved it !"

great job title!

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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby mikeymad » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:26 pm

jazz lover wrote:Hello All
Starting my evening with
Ardbeg Lord of the Isles


Nice 'starter' Jazz....

I have lohssanami showing up in a bit and then I will get to play along with you guys....

Cheers,
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:37 pm

After all that waiting... (Thanks a bunch, SoMK!)

Nose: Wow, that's a gorgeous nose! An A10 on steroids? Tons of sweet tropical fruit but not overpowering or one-dimensional. (Wish I could identify the individual components...) Nice smoke too. Very nicely balanced...

Palate: A sweetness that dances on your palate. Not cloying or one-note at all. Some hint of citrus too, but not just a single fruit, maybe a combination of ripe grapefruit blended with a touch of ripened orange. Then the alcohol takes over...

Finish: Wonderful smoke! Still a bit of alcohol bite at the very end.

Punchline: This is the best Ardbeg of the night, but not sure if I'd want to have this every day. The A10 may be a better daily dram...
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby mikeymad » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:37 pm

Nice Job C57.....

With a little help from your friends....

Cheers,
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:38 pm

Goodnight Nick.
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:44 pm

Nicely done, Nick. That was quite some line-up.

Have a great evening!
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:49 pm

Ardbeg 14yo Cadenheads, 1993-2008, 46%, bottled by Willie JJ, 207 bottles.

n: lots of seabreeze, more citrus than the other one, a nice burning fire.
t: a bit thin feeling
f: nice white pepper
c: I like the 288 bottles one a little more.
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:52 pm

Goodnight Daveski and Ras (and anyone else)
Till the next time
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:01 am

Got distracted for a little while by a program about Phil Spector , anyway i'm off to bed , thanks all for a good night , Goodnight !
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby jazz lover » Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:02 am

Uigeadail
This mean scotch has it all.
Engine room,sweet oil,sea life,
smoke and earth.Leather.
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:09 am

Ar1, 58.7%, Speciality drinks Ltd.

n: full but tame. Plums maybe but the spicyness of paprika. Definiently rubber now. Paprika again...
t: cream with much later aniseed and a lot of malt in between
f: long and tasty, no afterburn of the 58.7%

Sofar all Arbegs I had were very good, maybe I love Ardbeg... :thumbsup:
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:29 am

Renaissance, 55.9%
n: vanilla with peat, like creme brulee on wood. like candy. Fresh
t: sweet, like ice cream with chilies.
f: a bit spicy but that goes away quickly, the finish is rather short because within 15 seconds I'm sipping again...
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Oct 26, 2008 1:39 am

Uigeadail, 54.2%.
n: fruits with kippers! Sherry with peat. New car scent. Cooked fruits
t: lots of leather, sherry, chocolate, cooked fruits. Apricots?
f: sweeter and far less dry than ecpected.
c: very nice nose which keeps developing,
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Oct 26, 2008 1:51 am

Where is everybody?
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby jazz lover » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:53 am

Ras don't feel left out.
Tonite I opened one of my
Ardbeg Provenance
As they say across the pond
''Bloody Magic''!!!
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Reggaeblues » Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:37 am

Greetings!! I'm here!

...or as Harry Enfield would say, "Only Me!"

Just back from a late gig and doing a head to head: last years A10 and this years' s in the new "wavy" green box and tidied up label.

there is little to choose between the two...but there are definite differences.

NASAL COMMENTS:well, I'd say one of the world's best noses just got better! the newer one is a bit gentler, yet sweeter and deeper. It reminds me of my SMWS Caol Ila...which in turn I said would give any good Ardbeg a run for its money!

PALATE. The "old" one has lemon, a touch of pine cleaner...and even the Cream Soda that was being spoken of!The new one has a touch of extra tar...and is rounder.

FINISH. both exhibit the classic clean sea-air with a touch of "stick of rock" or candy floss and lemon, but the new one has something I've never come across before in this dram. On the everpresent sea-air and smoke...there's sweet tomatoes!
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby mikeymad » Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:43 am

Sorry Team,

I am dramming and dramming Ardbeg - I have lohssanami and a local friend Craig here. and we are having fun and chatting....

So far.....

AVY
ASY
AAT
Ren
A10 L7
Oog
Beist
A17
A78
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Reggaeblues » Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:53 am

On to my "OOA!"(Only Other Ardbeg) the Almost Finished Almost There!!

It's Been a GREAT bottle!

NOSE continues the theme of the Ten(well, it almost IS one) but the higher ABV gives it more body. Sweet peat in spades...and the spades are digging sand in a rockpool on the beach. One to get your nose stuck in
the glass...

PALATE> More raw, more round, more oily than the ten. Hint of tomato again! Sweeter than the ten. Still a medicinal twang. a bit of zing with cracked pepper and a twist of lemon.A Laphroaig CS moment. It gets sweeter on the arrival with every sip, even a hint of licorice this time...but the peat is always there. A lovely Ardbeg. reminiscent of the Oogie, but not quite as smooth. Only a couple of drams left...for a rainy day!!

FINISH. Longer than an American freight train...in fact you'd want a mouthfull of this to entertain your tastebuds at a level crossing, when one of those 3 mile trains goes by...and you've got nowhere to go but watch freight truck after freight truck going "ding ding ding..."

Then, a big burp full of custard cream biscuits and sea air...

That's me done folks. the nippers'll be jumping on me in a few hours time...

Thank God the clocks went back an hour!
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby mikeymad » Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:43 am

Okay my local team is going big......

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Cheers,
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:13 am

Was it good Mikey, or did it kill all 3 of you? :wink:
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby I_SPEY » Sun Oct 26, 2008 1:22 pm

I surely had the intention to see you all on this thread, for I have some Ardbeg's and it would have been for my first time, so..... :(

The reason I forgot this date, is that yesterday, I celebrated, with some friends, my 35th. wedding anniversary. I'm not allowed to forget this, I believe :oops:

I hope some other tasting :)
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:36 pm

Rene, Happy Anniversary to you and your Mrs!

It's never too late to add some notes in if you'd like. Yesterday I was taken away as well, but I still have 5 samples here that I'll be doing notes on in the very near future. :D
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:37 pm

Willie JJ wrote:Was it good Mikey, or did it kill all 3 of you? :wink:


Yeah Mikey....so how was it? Notes please...:D :D :D
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:55 pm

Ryguy wrote:Rene, Happy Anniversary to you and your Mrs!

It's never too late to add some notes in if you'd like. Yesterday I was taken away as well, but I still have 5 samples here that I'll be doing notes on in the very near future. :D

Absolutely right Ryan. I haven't had a chance to do any notes yet so they will be coming over the next few days. Might get a chance to do some tonight.

Cheers

Edit: and just in case it wasn't clear I meant Happy Anniversary to the I_SPEYs. Your making me feel quite young now Rene.
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby I_SPEY » Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:07 pm

Thanks for your kind words :)
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:22 pm

Congatulations I_Spey to you and your family.
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby les taylor » Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:51 pm

Well done Rene to you and Mrs I_Spey. 35 years is good going. :thumbsup:
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Ganga » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:19 pm

Happy Anniversary Rene. Nope, you aren't allowed to forget.

Wow there were some absolutely stunning Begs yesterday. Hope everyone else has a chance to contribute later.
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby TheTross » Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:53 pm

Congrats Rene! Hope you enjoy(ed) the anniversary :thumbsup:

As for the Ardbegs... well, I ended up being out all night last night so had no chance of getting through any. Then I had a family meal this afternoon and really didn't want to be smelling of whisky around everyone else, and by the time we got back I was too full to even consider drinking.

However, now I'm in the mood for dramming so I'll be going through at least a couple of expressions later on. I'll put my notes up as and when I can. Any samples I don't manage to get through tonight I'll do sometime late next week, as I no longer drink whisky during the first part of the week unless I'm on holiday, which I'm not quite yet :(
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby TheTross » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:18 am

Ardbeg Ten [L8] (46%, OB)

Nose: Briny, with some seaweed, smoke and peat. A little medicinal. Surprisingly sweet (caramel, toffee, maybe a little honey). Quite peppery. Possibly a little cereal and the faintest touch of mint. Citrus fruit (lemon and a touch of orange. Also lemon-flavoured sweets - Pez springs to mind!). Chocolate and vanilla. Plasticine? A slight hint of soap in the background. Very well balanced.

Palate: Initially briny, developing pepper, smoke, some peat, a hint of fish and a little fruit after a few seconds. Also some mint and caramel. Quite chewy. Becomes a touch drying.

Finish: Smoky! Peat, chocolate, mint, citrus fruit and a small amount of seaweed and fish. The smoke and citrus fruit are persistent.


I wasn't overly impressed the first time I tried this expression, but over time I've grown to love it!

One down, six to go :D - though not all tonight...
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Reggaeblues » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:47 pm

Stuart, the Ten has been my house staple at least 5 years, and bang for buck(esp. when on offer) represents great value.

the 1977 is probably the most outstanding Ardbeg I've had. did a H2H with the ten I remember. It stood up well. But the '77 was that much smoother..with more "layers" as I recall. It's been a couple of years...

I would say one of the Oogies would be next(I've had a few) on my list of Ardbegs. I actually tried one again right after the Renaissance at WL this year...and preferred it!
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Ryguy » Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:59 am

Running through a couple of Ardbegs that I missed the other day....So here goes!

Ardbeg 1998/2004 'Very Young' ( 58.3%, OB, 2004 )

Nose: Light citrus fruits, seaweed and peat, a hints of wet newspaper
Palate: It's very big, young and hot, oily, sweet peat, raw burnt wood, and hints of smoked ham.
Finish: Very long, phenolic, tons of wood smoke.
Comment: I like it, first time I try this and it's tasty stuff indeed! Many thanks to Tim (lohssanami) for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Ardbeg Tasting – October 25th – 7PM

Postby Ryguy » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:17 am

Ardbeg 1998/2006 'Still Young' ( 56.2%, OB, 2006 )

Nose: Sea salt and maritime notes, some vanilla, sweet peat and hints of unripened apples.
Palate: Nice and oily with smoked meats, burnt wood and seaweed.
Finish: Nice sweet peat at first, then a long finish of burnt wood from a fresh lit fireplace hangs around.
Comment: Very nice young Ardbeg, big smoke!! Thanks again to Tim (lohssanami) for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

After nosing the glass when it was empty, couldn't help but get the smell of cooked bacon!
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