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ARDBEG KILDALTON - ANY GOOD ?

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ARDBEG KILDALTON - ANY GOOD ?

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:08 pm

As I'm sure all you Ardbegophiles (is that a word?) know, Ardbeg distilled an unpeated malt called "Ardbeg Kildalton" between (I think) 1979 and 1981.

There was a very limited release of 1980 vintage a while back.

And a cask-strength "Ardbeg Kildalton 1981" miniature features in the "Ardbeg Peat Pack" gift set currently on sale at some Oddbins stores.

Is "Kildalton" any good please ?
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Postby Aidan » Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:39 am

Is the Kildalton unpeated or very lightly peated. I have heard it described as both? I'd love to try some.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 17, 2006 2:28 am

Me too--if they hadn't sold out when I was at the distillery, I would have bought one. Oh well, so many whiskies, so little liver.
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Postby Mickeman » Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:04 am

I havn't tasted the 1981 bottling only the 1980.


I find the 1980 unpeated and extremly fruity, very much as a older Strathislya with exotic fruits.

To me it's as god as the Provenance 1974 but very different.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 17, 2006 6:46 pm

I might stick a couple of the "Ardbeg Peat Packs" under the bed, as the "Kildalton" miniature may well be valuable in the future.
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Postby kallaskander » Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:52 am

Hi there,

I was not aware until I read your posts that there were at least two different Kildaltons. The one I tasted was like this.

http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand/a ... y2699.html

On the Ardbeg shop page it is available in a tasting set of mini bottles and is described as lightly peated.

royalmilewhiskies describes it as lightly peated, too and as unpeated!

http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/produc ... 0000007457

http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/catego ... _id=D_ARDB

Has anyone of you tasted both?

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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:31 pm

I've tasted neither.


The 1980 was, if memory serves me. a very limited release of 1,300 x 70cl bottles.

The 1981 has only just been released as a miniature in the limited release "Ardbeg Peat Packs"
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Postby kallaskander » Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:29 pm

Hi there,

that explains it. Thank you eelbrook.

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Postby lucabeer » Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:05 pm

The 1980 was marketed as unpeated, but IMHO it actually was lightly peaty. I could clearly detect some peat hidden in the sweetness.

Great release, IMHO. Just a bit different than usual...
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Postby bamber » Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:09 pm

My Peat Pack has just arrived- I plant to attack it tonight or tomorrow. Basically just bought it for the Kidalton, as I am very familiar with the other expressions.
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Postby ianbanks » Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:29 pm

Are these peat packs hard to find. HOw much do they cost?

Thanks

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