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Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby rmcq » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:15 pm

I feel quite privileged that my first post within this network is about a spanking new whisky.

I will depart from standard form and refrain from a detailed description of aromas and tastes, as the whisky is so new I would hate to dampen anyone's preconceived notions about it - we should at least give it a week of freedom!

What I shall do instead is provide a more qualitative description of the whisky.

It is Ardbeg from the get-go - a strong heady aroma with excellent legs. Included in the make-up is some sherry aged spirit, which introduces a touch more colour than I have been used to in Ardbeg expressions.

The high alcohol content guaranteed a bit of a punch in the mouth, but fortunately it was no-where near as horribly overdone as was the case in Supernova. It delivered a very hot feel on the palate to complement some of the flavors found in the 10yo, while not drowning out a few interesting additions.

The finish? Well, I can't help but say it was missing something. After rolling round in my mouth for nearly a minute I expected a smooth yet rough, complex and slightly boorish, 'Ardbeggy' like finish - but it wasn't there. It felt like somebody had eaten the last chocolate in the box - there was a hole where Ardbeg is usually at its best.

So, is it a belting expression of a belting whisky? My answer would be 'Yes, but is it really Ardbeg?'
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby pkt77242 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:27 am

Welcome rmcq, I like your review. You give did a great job of reviewing the whisky without giving away the details.

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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby Ganga » Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:18 am

Welcome rmcq. Hm, now I'm curious about the Coaster.
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:15 am

You've certainly peaked my curiosity as well, rmcq.
(Not that it takes a tremendous 'push' for me when it comes to all things 'Ardbeg', mind you.)

And it's great to have you here! :thumbsup:
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby randall fairbrook » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:07 pm

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the nose made chills go up my spine.....

smoke straight away...lemon and wintergreen...??...spicy peppers on the nose....

mouth: hmmm..........pitch...smoke....jalapenos?????...a lively one from ardbeg here....sesame?????.....corn hair....sourdough!!!!!....this just keeps on going!!!!

i am a bit speechless.....
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby hyperfuji » Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:48 am

I just had some, and I must say I really liked this.

It was ardbeg all the way from nose to palate. a briney nose with a lot of herbal notes like fresh young tree leaves with some menthol in it. the smoke and peat is predominant as you take it in but it then rounds out with a herbal/vegetative taste (reminds me of chinese herbal medicine). it just keeps going, some fudge and citrus in there with long herbal and eucalyptus finish

yummy
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby Ganga » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:08 am

Had the Rollercoaster on Monday. It was very interesting. Rollercoaster lives up to its name. The flavors are all over the place.
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby Drammed » Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:16 pm

Ganga wrote:Had the Rollercoaster on Monday. It was very interesting. Rollercoaster lives up to its name. The flavors are all over the place.


Is this available all over CA? I so want to get my hands on a couple bottles.
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby hyperfuji » Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:05 am

Is this available all over CA? I so want to get my hands on a couple bottles.[/quote]

i haven't seen much around southern cal, hi times and wine and liquor depot are out.

but i get the feeling the rollercoaster may become a regular bottling
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:30 am

Hi-Times had a bunch but it is my understanding that it is gone now. K&L got short changed so they won't have much, if any. It is a limited release.
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby AnnieB » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:46 pm

This is why I love this site!! Thanks all for the insightful previews. I have a bottle arriving from the UK tomorrow (as BC was, once again, not given an allotment!) I am looking forward to comparing notes.
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby Drammed » Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:17 pm

I sent some of my friends out to look for it in So Cal but no luck so far :(
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby hyperfuji » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:57 am

Drammed wrote:I sent some of my friends out to look for it in So Cal but no luck so far :(


theres a store called mission liqour in pasadena,ca. look there, i think they had 3 bottles left but at $100 instead of the usual $80.
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby Ganga » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:46 am

I haven't checked recently but Mission Liquor took over a store in Glendale as well. Little bit less known so might have some for the late comers.
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby Drammed » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:42 pm

Finally was able to track down a bottle with the help of pkt77242. too bad i will not get it until june :evil:
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby Ardbeg311 » Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:34 am

Nothing in Rome yet. :( But there are still some Corryvreckans on the shelf :)
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby hyperfuji » Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:57 am

Ardbeg311 wrote:Nothing in Rome yet. :( But there are still some Corryvreckans on the shelf :)


didnt ardbeg limit the bottles of rollercoaster? its been out for some time now, is it possible you wont be getting it in rome?
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby PaulP » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:53 pm

I see old Barry Watt is still up to his old tricks. He has at least four bottles he is trying to punt on a well known auction site for £70. You can get one bottle for £70 or two bottles for £140!!! :shock:

I think I'll just get one from Ardbeg themselves if I want another one.

Has he no shame?
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby PaulP » Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:17 am

Spotted: Barry at feis ile 2009. Buying Bruichladdich's festival bottling.

http://vimeo.com/4885152

He is on the left at 1min 20
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:55 am

PaulP wrote:Has he no shame?


No because he's actually breaking one of E-bay's rules he's quoted !
This is still available from a retail outlet i.e. the Old Kiln .
BTW the video you posted is of the Kilchoman auction.....
Had a look on the Laddie day one and there was only Duncan on the left hand side !
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby PaulP » Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:57 pm

Sorry posted the wrong link! :headbang:

Here is the right link, 1 min 20 on the left.
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby PaulP » Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:15 pm

Here it is: http://vimeo.com/4854849

Think I need a strong coffee :oops:
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:52 pm

LOL ! We got there eventually.....
Presumably the one on the right is his mate who has nothing what so ever to do with him ? :wink:
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Re: Ardbeg Rollercoaster

Postby PaulP » Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:06 pm

No idea about the one on the right but I presume he is one of Barry's henchmen.

There were about 4 of them buying up as many bottles as possible on the first few days. I'll let you know if they are at the festival this year or you could just check ebay about a week later!
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