Ardbeg 1998 / Renaissance

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Ardbeg 1998 / Renaissance
70cl / 55.9%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Ardbeg Renaissance is the end of the series that began with the 'Very Young' 6yo which now changes hands for silly money on eBay. This is the first 10-year old Ardbeg that is entirely comprised of spirit produced after Glenmorangie's takeover of the distillery in 1997. A fitting end to the series.
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£175.00
(£145.83 ex. VAT)
More Details:
CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerDistillery BottlingBottling StatusDiscontinuedAge10 Year OldVintage1998
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Tim F

N:  Immediate sherbertiness (if that's a word) - lemony.  Then some tinned fruit salad, sugar syrup, sawdust and peach melba.  The peat remains in the background as the nose develops green apples and barley sugar, then comes forward: coal smoke & woodsmoke, very nice.  With time, the nose becomes more peppery, with not unpleasant hints of tweed and old floorboards, like an ageing relative's attic.  But the real thing is the sherbert: it's almost as if the whisky is effervescent - you can't help half-expecting it to fizz up your nose...

P:  A big coal hit, then the spices come rushing in - yowser!  Very warming, the bonfire notes are here again, but accompanied by some exotic fruit.  Then it's the turn of the coal - this is a smouldering, intense, complex whisky.  It's also delicious.

F:  As the smoke and spice roar on, the finish becomes slightly drying, with dusty oak, honey and...is that peach yoghurt?  Whatever.  This is going down a treat.

Comment:  A great end to the 'Young' series.  Ardbeg call it the 'path to peaty maturity', but whatever you want to call it, it's been a great trip.  And this stuff is brilliant.  Bodes very well for the widely-anticipated new batch of 10 year-old.

Producer's Tasting Notes

Aroma: Leap into this Ardbeg with a blast of peat soaked in vibrant tropical juices. Toasted vanilla and sizzling cinnamon escape into the atmosphere with sherbet space dust and smooth Swiss chocolate spheres.   Wispy creamy malt brings a light frothiness, softening the effervescent fruits and sizzling spices as they continue to erupt from the inner peaty core.

 Add water and observe the aromas accelerate and explode.   

 Juicy melons, pineapple chunks and lime jus bring sparkling zest and vitality as they fizz from the glass, released against a background of musky scented peat with clouds of jasmine and violets.  Fresh summer blackberries and redcurrants bring a rich fruity display before a shockwave of camphor and menthol freshens and cools the air with bursts of aniseed and spiced rum.  In the background, the smoky remnants of a fireworks display linger and dissipate.

Taste: The effect of the full ten-year-old maturation explodes on the tongue.  An explosive crackle of peat sizzles and pops setting off a chain reaction of flavour explosions: cinnamon-spiced toffee and smoked chocolate limes fuse on the tongue; warm toasted bananas and bitter almonds meld together; ginger-spiced apples and pears soak into the palate; Seville orange crystals in marmalade bring a zingy bite.

 As the fizzy explosions reduce to a sizzle, smoke from the explosions builds up; developing into a smoke house filled with freshly ground dark espresso coffee, sticks of liquorice root and a bowlful of sugared almonds, coating the palate with chewy peat oils.
 
Finish: The taste goes on and on leaving a smoky jet stream of simmering peat oils, wispy vanilla cream and chewy liquorice whirls. 

Customer Reviews: (11 reviews)
Great young ARDBEG!!!
- Peat Monster, Taiwan, 28th Sep '13
Well balanced peaty, smoky, maritime and sea breeze like whisky!
- anonymous, 13th Mar '12
Best Ardbeg ever!
- anonymous, 19th Feb '12
Good
- Per, 13th Dec '10
worth every rubel.great whisky.peatyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
- peatapal, 11th Jun '10
O coal and sweet spices!As I see the number of shops that have Renaissance in Stock is deminishing by the day, so if you want a bottle, do not hasitate.
- Johan, 14th Apr '10
Dear Rubens,Yes, is think these series are behinf us now, but you can get a few from different markets.
- anonymous, 25th Feb '10
Dear SirsI am hearing that Renaissance has now been ended and Ardbeg has no more. is this true please?
- Rubens Valentine, 23rd Oct '09
Great whisky and a reasonable price.
- Mike, The Netherlands, 20th Aug '09
coming to the end of my bottle ... must ... buy ... more ...
- anonymous, 10th Jan '09
Ahhhhhh!!!Fire and Smoke and I just love it!The absolut best of the "regulars" and "affordables" today!PEATED!!!!
- Johan -Sweden, 2nd Oct '08
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