Ardbeg Taste Off
Tasted all in one sitting ....
N: Sweet peat, soft seaside aromas, soft. It's Ardbeg 10yo
T: Good nose to palate, with nice oily mouthfeel. Clean malt notes and hint of blue flowers - violets ?
F / C: Soft warming and balanced.
N: Seaside. Sharper peat aromas than the 10yo. Mild oak on the nose.
T: Very sweet and malty with more peat but somehow less intense than the 10yo overall.
F / C: A great whisky, but I feel like I may be missing something.
N: A little disjointed. Ardbeg peat, but with a spirity dry thread.
T: Soft peat, with more oak than 10yo and '77 combined, fruity and a little bitter.
F / C: Not a favourite, but good whisky.
Kidalton 1981 (from peat pack):
N: Intriguing, rich sumptuous malt, with tinned peaches in syrup, and lemons and limes.
T: Perfect transference to palate. Tinned peaches in syrup is reflected in the mouthfeel, which is wonderful. Subtle oak adds complexity to the citrus, peach and malty flavours.
F / C: 1 mini. No peat and this is the best Ardbeg I've ever tasted. Flawless whisky and I want a full bottle. Great with and without water, but better without.
N: Intrusive sherry battles with big big peat.
T: Bitter sweet battle, with mouth curling sherry winning out.
F / C: Better with water, but after getting through 1.5 bottles I've decided I just do not like this whisky very much. The worst of Ardbeg for me.
N: Subtle complex Ardbeg peat with malt.
T: Complex balanced and moreish. Subtly peat which builds with time.
F / C: Whereas Oogie has got worse for me over time this has improved. I rate this whisky highly. Seems to be a a love it or leave dram.
My rankings in order:
1. Kidalton (1981)
Last edited by bamber
on Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.