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A mini bottle of Ardbeg's massively popular 10 year old whisky. A perfect intro to the world of peaty Islay drams, with waves of smoke, sweetness and peat.Tasting Notes (1)
- Liquorice root
10 Year Old
Tasting Notes from the Producer
A burst of intense smoky fruit escapes into the atmosphere – peat infused with zesty lemon and lime, wrapped in waxy dark chocolate. Bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke followed by tarry ropes and graphite. Savour the aroma of smoked fish and crispy bacon alongside green bell peppers, baked pineapple and pear juice. Add water and an oceanic minerality brings a breath of cool, briny sea spray. Waxed lemon and lime follows with coal tar soap, beeswax and herby pine woodlands. Toasted vanilla and sizzling cinnamon simmer with warm hazelnut and almond toffee.
An explosion of crackling peat sets off millions of flavour explosions: peat effervesces with tangy lemon and lime juice, black pepper pops with sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee. Then comes a wave of brine infused with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currants. Smoke gradually wells up on the palate bringing a mouthful of warm creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows. As the taste lengthens and deepens, dry espresso, liquorice root and tarry smoke develop coating the palate with chewy peat oils.
The finish goes on and on – long and smoky with tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds and traces of soft barley and fresh pear.
RyeHead, I couldn't agree more with you on this one. After sampling Ardbeg from this minature I've decided to take a break from trying Islay whiskies. Not my cup of tee.
I just can't get into Islay whisky. And after trying this miniature I can honestly say I won't be buying the 70cl verson. But each to their own.
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