Distinct (yet now extinct) drink

They say history has a habit of repeating itself. Oh if that were only true of Ardbeg. If you are lucky enough to have encountered of these legendary bottles along life’s peaty path, then you have tasted one of life’s rarest delights.

Ardbeg supernova committee release

2015

Ardbeg supernova committee release (2015)

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Shimmering pale gold.

NOSE: A shower of peppery, aromatic herbs shoots through the air, scattering particles of effervescent perfume. In its wake, smoked fruits, briny seaweed and fennel. The sensation comes full circle with the earthy, grounding aroma of vetiver root. Add a few drops of water and luscious linseed oil comes to the surface, sending wafts of sweet smoked toffee, brazil nuts and soot into the atmosphere.

TASTE: At 100ppm, the peat is firing on all cylinders, with blasts of spice, salted caramel and billowing smoke. And then it?s back to the laboratory, where antiseptic lozenges, medicinal notes and zingy aniseed intermingle with dark tar and intense chilli-spice.

FINISH: Prepare for a long, lingering, peppery aftertaste that goes on and on and on?

ABV: 54.3%

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Ardbeg perpetuum limited edition

2015

Ardbeg perpetuum limited edition (2015)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep Amber

Nose: Tar, soot and pine resin leads to dark chocolate, treacle toffee, and a distant, nutty/oaky note. Water initiates fresh, briny sea-spray, linseed oil, and a pine resin/lime top note. Remarkably fresh for such a peaty whisky.

Taste: Intense, robust peat smoke, savoury smoky bacon, cinnamon and nutmeg, but also an incredible creamy, sweet vanilla/milk chocolate note.

Finish: The never-ending aftertaste sees more linseed oil (a hint of the Sherry Casks), creosote and tar, but understated, always gentle.

ABV: 47.4%

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Ardbeg perpetuum committee release

2015

Ardbeg perpetuum committee release (2015)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep Amber

Nose: Tar, soot and pine resin leads to dark chocolate, treacle toffee, and a distant, nutty/oaky note. Water initiates fresh, briny sea-spray, linseed oil, and a pine resin/lime top note. Remarkably fresh for such a peaty whisky.

Taste: Intense, robust peat smoke, savoury smoky bacon, cinnamon and nutmeg, but also an incredible creamy, sweet vanilla/milk chocolate note.

Finish: The never-ending aftertaste sees more linseed oil (a hint of the Sherry Casks), creosote and tar, but understated, always gentle.

ABV: 49.2%

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Ardbeg kildalton

2014

Ardbeg kildalton (2014)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep Gold

Nose: Seductive, exotic bouquet. Hints of smoked apricots in syrup, salt and pepper with soft, creamy vanilla. Smoky and herbal notes of woodsmoke and fennel. Water releases pine resin, vetiver root, coriander, liquorice and a curious soapy note.

Taste: The texture is soft and ‘sappy’, gently coating the tongue. An explosion of coal tar soap, aniseed, peppermint, coffee, sweet barley malt, and a lingering, aromatic smokiness.

Finish: Lengthy and fresh, with menthol, and spicy. Hints of allspice, clove and bitter almonds, revealing a distant vanilla essence sweetness.

ABV: 46% 

 

Awards: 

Gold – Best Islay Single Malt – 2015, World Whiskies Awards
Gold – Islay No Age Statement – 2015, The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

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Ardbeg auriverdes

2014

Ardbeg auriverdes (2014)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Gold

Nose: Tarry and herbal notes with hints of mocha

Taste: Coffee grounds pass to smoked root vegetables, while maple-cured bacon collides with hot-smoked salmon

Finish: A lingering, smoky vanilla note.

ABV: 49.9%

Awards:

Gold – Scotch Single Malt – Islay – 2014, International Wine & Spirit Competition Gold
Gold – Islay Special Editions – 2014, The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

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Ardbeg supernova committee release

2014

Ardbeg supernova committee release (2014)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Bright, bright gold

Nose: Intense zestiness of smoked lemons and pears, lemongrass and pine needles, Water droplets trigger billowing, aromatic smoke, peaty earth, heather root and applewood smoked cheese.

Taste: Gentle warmth ignites and builds to be peppery, spicy and electric. Powerful peppermint, antiseptic lozenges orbit the peaty core. Dark, dark birch tar intermingles with spicy-sweet chilli flavoured chocolate, with coating linseed oil.

Finish: Rich flavours of tar, creosote, briar wood, spicy tobacco and liquorice root. The aftertaste disappears into infinity...

ABV: 60.1%

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Ardbog

2013

Ardbog (2013)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep ochre

Nose: Pecan nuts, fudge, leather and a whiff of lavender and violets. Aromatic smoke, with salty Iberico ham and olives. With water, smoked rhubarb, aged balsamic vinegar and salty, 'graphite' notes.

Taste: Oily/tingly mouthfeel leads to salty, savoury cashews, peanuts, clove, aniseed flavoured toffee, green olives and a curious hint of anchovy.

Finish: Long and lingering with maple syrup sweetness kept in check by oak tannins, clove and coffee grounds

ABV: 52.1%

Gold – Islay Single Malt No Age Statement – 2014, World Whiskies Awards

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Ardbeg Galileo

2012

Ardbeg Galileo (2012)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep Golden

Nose: Spicy toffee, tropical fruits and a puff of soot.

Taste: Salty, yet sweet with cream and a burst of smoking apricots.

Finish: Long and smoky with tarry espresso.

ABV: 49%

Winner – World's Best Single Malt – 2013, World Whiskies Awards
Winner – Best Islay Single Malt – 2013, World Whiskies Awards

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Ardbeg Day

2012

Ardbeg Day (2012)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep Gold

Nose: Smoky, mint toffee, hints of banana, apple, dark chocolate, leather and cinnamon. Oily crushed peat and a hint of lime juice. With water, roasted coffee, smoked almonds, smoked fruits.

Taste:  Chewy, warming mouthfeel. Soot, coal tar soap, aniseed, leather and some distant herbal notes. Sweet, maple-cured bacon, creamy coffee, salted cashew nuts, and delicate, tangy citrus.

Finish: Long and gentle, revealing soft, creamy vanilla, milk chocolate, and a malty, biscuit-like, barley base.

ABV: 56.7%

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Ardbeg Alligator limited edition

2011

Ardbeg Alligator limited edition (2011)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Mahogany

Long Nose: The warning comes in smoked root ginger and barbecue sauce, while chocolate, cumin and warm oak shavings lie in wait.

Big Taste: Rearing up hot and spicy, smoked and charred with a leathery and sooty mouthfeel. Smoky pak choi and barbecue bite, while chocolate and black bean sauce roll around and around.

Finish You Off: Slow and long with mocha espresso and ginger, while cigar smoke ebbs away.

ABV: 51.2%

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Ardbeg Alligator committee release

2011

Ardbeg Alligator committee release (2011)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Mahogany

Long Nose: The warning comes in smoked root ginger and barbecue sauce, while chocolate, cumin and warm oak shavings lie in wait.

Big Taste: Rearing up hot and spicy, smoked and charred with a leathery and sooty mouthfeel. Smoky pak choi and barbecue bite, while chocolate and black bean sauce roll around and around.

Finish You Off : Slow and long with mocha espresso and ginger, while cigar smoke ebbs away.

ABV: 51.2%

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Ardbeg rollercoaster committee release

2010

Ardbeg rollercoaster committee release (2010)

TASTING NOTES

Colour:  Rich gold

Nose: Perfect fusion of sweetness, spice, creamy malt and deep smoke; sensational example of multi-layered classic Ardbeg. With water, smoke bellows from the glass.

Taste: Smooth and peaty, silk-velvet smoke, black cherries, cloves, chocolate ganache and fudge. Fresh coriander, menthol and violets, chewy sugared almonds and tangy lime juice.

Finish: Long and scented with fragrant wood smoke, spices and clotted cream.

ABV: 57.3%

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Ardbeg supernova limited edition

2010

Ardbeg supernova limited edition (2010)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep gold

Nose: Powerful peatiness with deep herbal and creamy malt notes. Creosote-soaked elm with flowering red currants, green tomatoes, juniper and pine needles. Peppercorns in butterscotch and salted honeycomb fudge.

Taste: Hot, sizzling black and white crushed pepper, chilli, and chocolate.  Chewy sweet rolling tobacco and newly tanned leather, brininess and a burst of juicy lime marmalade. Cigar smoke, roast espresso coffee, toasted almonds and liquorice root.

Finish: Long, deep and powerful – tarry sultanas in fudge, cocoa and chilli.

ABV: 60.1%

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Ardbeg supernova committee release

2010

Ardbeg supernova committee release (2010)

TASTING NOTES

Colour:Deep gold

Nose: Powerful peatiness with deep herbal and creamy malt notes. Creosote-soaked elm with flowering red currants, green tomatoes, juniper and pine needles. Peppercorns in butterscotch and salted honeycomb fudge.

Taste: Hot, sizzling black and white crushed pepper, chilli, and chocolate. Chewy sweet rolling tobacco and newly tanned leather, brininess and a burst of juicy lime marmalade. Cigar smoke, roast espresso coffee, toasted almonds and liquorice root.

Finish: Long, deep and powerful – tarry sultanas in fudge, cocoa and chilli.

ABV: 60.1%

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Ardbeg supernova

2009

Ardbeg supernova (2009)

Verkostungsnotizen

Farbe: Tiefes Gold.

Nase: Kraftvolle Torfigkeit mit tiefen Kräuter- sowie cremigen Malznoten. Kreosotgetränkte Ulme mit blühender roter Johannisbeere, grünen Tomaten, Wacholder- und Tannennadeln. Pfefferkörner in Karamell und gesalzenem, weichem Toffee.

Geschmack: Zischend scharfer, schwarzer und weißer Pfeffer, Chilli und Schokolade. Zähsüß Kautabak und frisch gegerbtes Leder, etwas Salziges und eine Explosion saftiger Limonenmarmelade. Zigarrenrauch, gerösteter Espressobohnen, gebrannte Mandeln und Süßholz.

Nachhall: Lang, tief und kraftvoll – teerige Sultaninen mit Toffee, Kakao und Chilli.

  • 58,9 Volumenprozent Alkohol

Preise: Gold – Liquid Gold Award – 2014, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

Winner – Scotch Whisky of the Year – 2010, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

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Ardbeg blasda limited edition

2008

Ardbeg blasda limited edition (2008)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Light Gold

Nose: Banana and toffee, roast chestnuts, pine cones and vanilla custard. Spiced pears and almonds. With water, sherbet vanilla, chocolate limes, chrysanthemum and violet. White pepper and cinnamon, leafy mint.

Taste: Refreshing, silky and creamy – sugared almonds and parma violets, tangy lemon juice and orange rind. Creamy cappuccino and gentle spices.

Finish: Medium and fragrant with chrysanthemum tea, lemon zest and vanilla.

ABV: 40%

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Ardbeg renaissance

2008

Ardbeg renaissance (2008)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Luminous gold.

Nose: A blast of peat soaked in tropical juices. Toasted vanilla, sizzling cinnamon, sherbert and smooth Swiss chocolate. Water adds juicy melons, pineapple chunks and bursts of aniseed and spiced rum.

Taste: Cinnamon-spiced toffee and smoked chocolate limes, warm toasted bananas and bitter almonds. Ginger-spiced apples and pears and Seville orange crystals. Dark espresso coffee, sticks of liquorice root and a bowlful of sugared almonds.

Finish: Goes on and on with simmering peat oils, wispy vanilla cream and chewy liquorice whirls.

ABV: 55.9%

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Ardbeg corryvreckan committee release

2008

Ardbeg corryvreckan committee release (2008)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep Amber

Nose: Creosote, waxy dark chocolate, blackcurrants and muscovado sugar. Plump cherries and earthy pine needles. With water, cayenne peppered steak, smoky bacon, cloves and blueberries.

Taste: Deep, peppery and chewy – pepper sauce, crispy seaweed, espresso coffee, dark fruits and star anise.

Finish: Long and deep with chocolate-coated cherries, tarry coffee and pepper sauce.

ABV: 57.1%

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Ardbeg lord of the isles

2007

Ardbeg lord of the isles (2007)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep gold

Nose: Sweetness of chocolate, marzipan and cherries with a deep and peaty centre. Wood smoke, tarry rope and leather. Mandarin fruit and hints of heather and lavender.

Taste: Powerfully peaty and chewing. Initially sweet with vanilla and chocolate giving way to a crescendo of pest and cocoa.

Finish: Long and dry with chocolate malt and crushed peat resting satisfyingly on the palate.

ABV: 46%

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Ardbeg airigh nam biest

2006

Ardbeg airigh nam biest (2006)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Straw gold

Nose: Sea spray and vanilla ice-cream infused with peat oil and finished with gooey fudge sauce. Fennel, pine nuts, lime and sherbet follow. With water, fruit salad meets dried fruit to give rum and raisin chocolate and heather smoke.

Taste: Bold peat oil, salty seaweed and bonfire smokiness. Crisp smoky bacon, burnt maple syrup and antiseptic lozenges. Ripe autumn fruits and chocolate limes slice through the smoke. Dark notes of black coffee and liquorice melt into powdery Parma violets.

Finish: Long, sensate and dry on the finish with sizzling crushed dried peat, fresh pine nuts and walnut skin surrounding flint and oil notes.

ABV: 46%

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Ardbeg 1965

2006

Ardbeg 1965 (2006)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Rich amber gold

Nose: Wafts of sea spray, luscious summer fruits enveloped in ripe peaches. Nutty chocolate and vanilla notes. Sweet smokiness, coal tar and gentle peat oils. Chocolate raisins and rich fruitcake.

Taste: Tingly mouthfeel. A salty sea breeze with fish smoked over an open heather and peat fire. Rich dried fruits (raisins and sultanas), elements of cherry pie and cream. Vanilla, espresso coffee and berry fruits.

Finish: A long finish with peat smoke and blackcurrants, hints of dark chocolate, dried fruit and traces of sea salt.

ABV: 42.1%

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Ardbeg Serendipity

2005

Ardbeg Serendipity (2005)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep orange/gold

Nose: Sweet, fruity and floral with hints of smoke. Flowering currants and brambles, apricot syrup and figs. Rich chocolate notes. Water reveals chocolate limes, orange blossom and honeycomb.

Taste: Sweetness of toffee and barley sugar, wafts of smoke, treacle and Parma violets. Sugared almonds, chocolate powder and ground nutmeg resting on the palate.

Finish: The finish is long with a curious mixture of sugared almonds, mint humbugs and smoke.

ABV: 40%

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Very young ardbeg committee release

2004

Very young ardbeg committee release (2004)

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Delicate gold.

Nose: Sweet toffee, chocolate, hints of treacle and Butterkist popcorn. With water, vanilla, honey and almonds are revealed, along with gentle spices, particularly cinnamon.

Taste: Peppery and warming. The delicious, treacly, charcoal smoke reveals itself fully, with hints of herbs and malt.

Finish: A long treacle and cloves aftertaste.

ABV: 58.3%

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