Ardbeg is one of the Islay peaty “kings”… known far and wide for its strong distinctive character… which makes an interplay with sherry all the more interesting… courtesy of a Gordon + MacPhail’s experimentation.
What did we find?
Ardbeg (1990/2003) Sherry Cask 3133 46% (Gordon + MacPhail)
- Nose – Initially a bit ‘soapy’, then clear stamp of sherry and peat, cinnamon, wood fires burning, old books, quite rich, some dry hay, tannins, ash
- Palate – Pure wildfire! With lots going on, fire and spice, chocolate, lots of ash, really quite brilliant!
- Finish – Long finish with peat, chocolate and don’t laugh – watermelon rind
- Water – While ordinarily would not add to a 46%, please do in this case! It then reveals delicious bacon, maple syrup along with cinnamon spice
Overall this had a brash “Pay attention dude!” quality – a “text book” Islay whisky – in the best possible way.
You won’t easily find this whisky as it was specially bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for Symposion Sweden.
While I couldn’t find any official tasting notes, recommend you check out WhiskyFun‘s review!
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