Ardbeg 1965
39 Year Old No Case

70cl / 42.1%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
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A very, very special bottling, created from a vatting of the two oldest casks that were left at Ardbeg.

The number of bottles produced and bottling date are displayed on the back of the bottle, whilst the front bears no label - instead, it features encoded microparticles that ensure the bottle can neither be replicated nor forged.

Distillery Bottling
39 Year Old
Bottling Date
No of Bottles
Cask Number
3678 & 3679
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Ardbeg 1965 Reviews

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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