Ardbeg 1965 / 39 Year Old / NO MINI

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Ardbeg 1965 / 39 Year Old / NO MINI
70cl / 42.1%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A very very special bottling, this is a vatting of the two oldest casks that were left at Ardbeg and comes in a suitably hefty 'museum piece' box. You even get some soft white gloves to caress it with.
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CountryScotlandBottlerDistillery BottlingBottling StatusDiscontinuedAge39 Year OldVintage1965No of Bottles261
Tasting Notes:
Producer's Tasting Notes

Colour: Rich amber gold

Aroma: Initial wafts of sea spray give way to a mix of luscious summer fruits (blackberries and blueberries) enveloped in ripe peaches.  Beneath the mouth-watering fruit, nutty chocolate and vanilla notes emerge.  The senses are latterly aware of sweet smokiness, coal tar and gentle peat oils.

With water the sweet smokiness becomes more apparent; subtle medicinal, tarry rope notes are suggested with briny sea spray as the senses are reminded of its Islay birthplace.

The theme is still fruity and fragrant, with top notes of wine gums and autumn brambles.  The flavours open further, revealing waxy aromatics, chocolate raisins and rich fruitcake.  Subdued traces of tree sap and tobacco smoke are present in the background.

Taste:  the mouthfeel is warming with a tingly effect.  The flavour is initally of a salty sea breeze with fish smoked over an open heather and peat fire.  In a few seconds, rich dried fruits (raisins and sultanas) come to the fore with elements of cherry pie and ice cream.  Vanilla is present throughout, with peat, espresso coffee and berry fruits completing a myriad of flavours.

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

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