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Ardbeg - Spirit of Scotland

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Ardbeg - Spirit of Scotland

Postby Wave » Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:21 pm

Binny's has a couple of bottlings of Ardbeg Spirit of Scotland by G&M.
A 1979-25yr Old Cask Strength & a 1979-26yr Old Cask Strength.

Does anyone have any experience with these? Tasting notes? Comments?
I'd hate to spend $300 apiece for these without a clue. :?


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Postby Ardbeg311 » Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:57 pm

Hi,

I have had an Ardbeg 26yo 1979 (2005?) GM Spirit of Scotland (but only a small dram and NOT a full bottle). The seller was very excited to have these bottles and went so far as to state, “I have had the Ardbeg Provenance [U.S. edition] and I think this is even better.”

Well, I have not had the Ardbeg Provenance, but if this GM bottling is better than I think I am in for a real letdown with the Provenance. I found the whisky to be very powerful and very good, but could not see my way clear to paying the asking price of $275.00. If I could get it for less than $125.00 then I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it.

I think this is one you should taste before buying.
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Postby Bullie » Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:43 pm

Ardbeg 1979 26yrs by Spirit of Scotland 59%

Nose: Smoke and pine. Grapes and berries.
Palate: Medium body. Smoke, tar, salt and peat. Sweet, fruity and smooth.
Finish: Quite short and peaty.
Score: 84

Found a note I've done quite a while ago... Just don't read to much in the quite low score. I tasted it after a dram of Springbank 1966... ;)
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Postby Wave » Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:06 pm

From the comments here they don't sound like an over-the-top exceptional whisky yet very good, as Ardbeg311 said, "taste before buying" which is always the best way of buying ...as long as they have an open bottle for sampling! 1 or both may still become a Christmas present to myself. :)

Unfortunately here in the States we normally don't get a large selection of Ardbegs, usually just the 10, Uigeadail and an occasional Murray McDavid. So when a well aged Ardbeg pops up the prices head to the moon.



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Postby Ardbeg311 » Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:12 pm

Do you know anyone at Binny's or Sam's that might allow you to taste this first? If you coming to Boston in the near future you should head over to Federal Wine & Spirits. Joe might be able to help you.
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