Ardbeg 1975 / 25 Year Old / Douglas Laing

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Ardbeg 1975 / 25 Year Old / Douglas Laing
70cl / 50%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
The famous Douglas Laing Ardbeg, acclaimed by Jim Murray as 'the best independent bottling of whisky of all time' and one of only two whiskies to receive 97 points in the first few years of the Whisky Bible. Click to see JM's full review.
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CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerDouglas LaingBottling StatusDiscontinuedSeriesOld Malt CaskAge25 Year OldVintage1975Bottling DateOctober 2000Chill FilteredNoNo of Bottles702
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Jim Murray

n25 the peat is big, but like all great Ardbegs, its intensity is diffracted through several layers of malt.  Some salt adds piquancy and as the malt warms in your hand some orangey fruit arrives, but under the heavy guard of the firm peat.  Both dry and sweet, heavy and light, salty and peppered, flowery yet a little fruity, this has it all.  There is even that lovely, oiled smell of a warm-running model train.  As close to perfection to make no difference;

t24 mouthfilling and chewy, the peat shows the soft and delicate side to its nature at first before becoming pretty firm.  Almost Talisker-esque peppers pummel the tastebuds, but these, too, are fleeting.  There is a quick outburst of something honeyed and fruity and then wave upon wave of gristy malt and toffee;

f23 eventually, much drier with 25 years of oak having a calming influence.  Even so, the peat returns with soft ripples of smoke and vanilla acts as a mute recipient;

b25 is this the best independent bottling of whisky of all time?  I would say yes.  And it would be a hard job to find a better single cask throughout Ardbeg's warehouses.  I have tasted more individual casks of Ardbeg than any other whisky critic living, but never have I found one that so captures the brilliance of the world's greatest distillery - even my mark of 97 is me just nit-picking and being mean!  Just one single glass at bottle strength - don't you dare add a single drop of water to this one - a quiet room, and you will be lost in the labyrinth of this great whisky for hours if not days.  Will you ever get to the bottom of it?  I very much doubt it. 97 points

[These tasting notes are reproduced from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2005]

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