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Darkness! Ardbeg 21 Years Old PX Finish Tasting notes and reviews

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Darkness! Ardbeg 21 Years Old PX Finish

Brand
Darkness!
Expression
Ardbeg 21 Years Old PX Finish
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
21 years old
Abv
40.10%
Produced at
~ Ardbeg Distillery
Region
Islay
Website
www.maverickdrinks.com

Neil Ridley

75
Nose
Slightly fermented, with a natural yogurt/overripe strawberry note. A faint waft of smoke develops – very sweet and delicate. At first I wasn't convinced – then it begins to come alive.
Palate
The initial sip is very dry and slightly over-oaked. Given a second, the smoke starts to develop and the goods are revealed; soft smoke, mixed dried fruit and ginger.
Finish
Very dry, with lingering smoke.
Comment
I wonder if this is a finish that may have had a little too long in its extra oak overcoat?

Martine Nouet

77
Nose
Oaky and fruity. Cider cellar. Rich and complex. Dunnage warehouse. Stewed apples in honey. A hint of vetiver. A smoky and earthy note in the back. Oak is present but elegantly mingling with fruit.
Palate
Round and smooth. With a slight watery gap. The oak tends to mask the fruit. A festoon of gentle spices.
Finish
Smooth but a bit weak.
Comment
An old whisky, obviously, but just on the edge of losing its strength. The nose is more complex and structured than the palate.
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