Re: Ardbeg Alligator
My notes were...
Color - Deep gold/amber
Nose- The smokiness actually simplifies the nose to more peat, sea, and smoke, with a little sweetness in between.
Taste- Starts out silky for the strength with some classic peaty, briny notes, then brings on lots of drying smoke.
Finish- sweet wood smokiness. semi-short. tarry sweet fudge tries to poke its head out but isn't there quite enough to make a big presence.
Comments- Delicious as with most things ardbeg, but seems mostlly like a higher strength 10 yr with a different finish/in different wood. But in all fairness that's pretty much what it is. Very good, but not $90-$100 a bottle good.
I LOVE ardbeg. I really do. And I understand aging whisky takes time and they are dealing with quickly increasing demand with only so much stocks. But they need to take a break from the these no age statement bottlings (uige is a winner, the rest are great but can go) and keep that stuff aging while they put out a solid ten year and bide their time for what we all hope will be some mind blowing older whiskies down the road.
Some of the single cask ardbegs from the 1960s and the early 70s, between 24-32 years old, that I have been lucky enough to drink are HANDS DOWN the greatest whiskies that have ever passed down my gullet... I see no reason they shouldn't strive to achieve such magnificent heights again. But that also means doing at least some of their own maltings again... and that's a whole other long rant.
Anyway, this is my first post... so hi everybody, and all my posts won't be so long.