Ardbeg 1999 Galileo 12 Year Old

  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling

70cl / 49%

Ardbeg 1999 Galileo / 12 Year Old

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One of 2012's most hotly-anticipated releases, Ardbeg Galileo is made up from casks distilled in 1999, some of which spent their full term of maturation in casks that previously held Marsala wine, imparting sweet tropical fruit flavours to the mix. Galileo's concept is in celebration of the well-publicised experiment whereby small quantities of Ardbeg were sent into space at the end of 2011 to see how they mature in zero gravity.

Tasting Notes (2)

Ardbeg 1999 Galileo 12 Year Old

70cl / 49%

In Stock

£399

Facts

Facts

  • Bottler Icon

    Bottler

    Distillery Bottling

  • Age Icon

    Age

    12 Year Old

  • Vintage Icon

    Vintage

    1999

  • Bottling Date Icon

    Bottling Date

    2012

  • Country Icon

    Country

    Scotland

  • Region Icon

    Region

    Islay

  • Chill Filtered Icon

    Chill Filtered

    No

  • Colouring Icon

    Colouring

    Yes

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes for CLASS Magazine

    • Appearance

      Clear, light coppery amber.

    • Aroma

      Dried apricot fruit, Christmas cake and Christmas spice with clove infused linseed oil and faint toffee/fudge.

    • Taste

      Rich, fruity and spicy with just enough dry sandlewood, bitter almond and tea-like tannins to add balance and depth.

    • Aftertaste

      Long, rich, spiced finish. Overall just a tad too spicy but a most pleasing dram all the same.

    • Diffordsguide rating

      5/5

  • Billy A

    • Nose

      Soft, sweet peat, sweet spirity notes, tarred ropes, coal dust, barbequed pineapple, a touch of dirty sump oil, pine needles, freshly smashed-open coconut, dry breadcrumbs and crushed seashells. A few drops of water calm down the phenols and reveal syrup glazed pineapple upsidedown-cake (one of my specialities) and stewed gooseberries.

    • Palate

      The first thing I noticed was that it wasn’t as sweet as the nose might have suggested, at least not in an upfront syrupy way. Instead it had unsweetened tropical fruit and sharp edged Fruit Salad chews, filled out with rich fruitcake sweetness, although this is Ardbeg so it was more a ‘smoked fruitcake’ hit, along with cold coal stoves, dark wood, a hint of leaf mulch and some sea spray. Water yet again calmed down the peat, revealing a bit more sweetness from the fruit.

    • Finish

      On the swallow there was a burst of tarry phenols, which faded to leave lingering damp wood and leaves.

    • Comment

      At first I though it’d be way too sweet for my currently savoury palate, but instead it was rich and fruity, eschewing syrup for sweet smoke and earthiness. A successful experiment.

Customer Reviews

Reviews (6)

Reviews

  • 5

    Anonymous

    A treasure. I had four in my collection and am now down to three.

  • 5

    Petter

    This whisky takets me back to my first visit at the dentist in the sixties when I was 6 years old. The smell of ether and alkohol in combination with stainless steel, leather from the seat and some unspecified detergents. Its shocking and wonderful and nothing compares. The taste when the golden fluid afterward flows over my tounge and down my throat brings me right back to present time. Reflection, nice aroma, hot and complex. I need another sip...

  • Pedro

    Outstanding Ardbeg,looking forward to get another bottle. 10/10

  • Chris S (Scotland)

    This is far the best Ardbeg that has been released in a number of years. Sweet smoke, rich sweetness and a long satisfying finish. A dram that you just can not put down.

  • Anonymous

    You are not the only one my friend.

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