Ardbeg 1974 (single cask #5666)

I have a large amount of old samples waiting in my whisky cupboard, a few hundreds at least, brought together over the last eight years or so. Some magnificent single cask Ardbegs as well, and sometimes I simply don’t find the time to enjoy them (always waiting for a special moment, you know). Here we go with an excellent dram, for no special reason: Ardbeg 1974 cask #5666.

 

Ardbeg 1974 cask #5666Ardbeg 1974 cask #5666Ardbeg 31 yo 1974 (51,8%, OB 2006, bourbon cask #5666, 168 btl.)

Nose: walnuts and gentle peat up front, but it develops almond milk (horchata) and lemon sweets as well. Turkish delight! Rosehip syrup? Sweet marzipan. Butter pastry and vanilla. Quite a round nose. Nice turpentine and camphor underneath. A little herbal syrup. Back to vanilla latte. Beeswax. Even hints of musk? Grand. Mouth: less rounded now, highly mentholated. Marzipan again, aromatic pepper, lemon pie and bergamot. Heather. Cinnamon. Still a hint of Turkish delight. Something in between Pu-Erh and Jasmin tea. Sweet liquorice. Hints of Benedictine. The best cough syrup ever. Finish: very long, still sweet, herbal and leathery.

A magnificent Ardbeg. Surprising sweet notes, floral notes and some of the best herbal liqueurs. Those were the days, my friend. So, you want one? Expect to pay around € 1400 now.

Score: 94/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2013/ardbeg/ardbeg-1974-single-cask-5666/

IRISH DISTILLERS INTRODUCES NEW FLAVOURS AND NEW LOOK FOR PADDY IRISH WHISKEY – Irish Whiskey News

PADDY Irish Whiskey Family

IRISH DISTILLERS INTRODUCES NEW FLAVOURS AND NEW LOOK FOR PADDY IRISH WHISKEY

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, the world’s leading Irish whiskey producer, has given its iconic PADDY Irish Whiskey a packaging makeover and announced the release of two new PADDY flavour variants aimed at bringing sociable millennial consumers to the Irish whiskey category.

An eye-catching new bottle for the core PADDY expression – Irish Distillers’ special three-whiskey blend of pot still whiskey, grain whiskey and malt whiskey – features new tactile embossing features to the sides of the bottle while the famous multi-coloured map of Ireland on the label is retained. Also new is a heritage endorsement flashing The Paddy Flaherty Brand in homage to the man from whom the brand takes its very name, a ‘Soft Mellow’ liquid taste profile on the neck, while a new signature of approval from original founder James Murphy demonstrates the rich history and crafted credentials of the brand.

The new PADDY flavour variants have been created with a lighter flavour profile which, coupled with a distinctive bottle design and impactful marketing campaign, aim to challenge many of the traditional perceptions of whiskey.

Available initially in the US and France from October 2013, each market will receive flavoured PADDY variants tailored to their differing consumers. The US will receive packaging with a bright modern design, bearing the names ‘Bee Sting’ and ‘Devil’s Apple’, while France will receive a more classic design focusing on the liquid as a spirit drink, bearing the names ‘Irish Honey’ and ‘Spiced Apple’.

An integrated campaign, ‘Sleep When You’re 30’, will be activated initially in the USA through a new website – www.paddywhiskey.com – plus a social media campaign, drinks strategy and advertising to reinforce the brand’s image of “Irish craic”, the Irish word for enjoyment.

Brendan Buckley, Global Innovation and Category Development Director for Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, says: “It’s a very exciting time for Irish Distillers, as PADDY is our first entry into the flavoured whiskey segment.  Of course, Ireland has a long tradition of adding flavours to our whiskeys with drinks like the Hot Toddy and Irish Coffee, so PADDY Flavours is rather a natural progression. We are equally excited about introducing more consumers throughout the world to the flavour and quality of Irish whiskey and we are confident that the new look PADDY is primed for success in its launch markets”.

“With flavoured whiskey standing at more than three million cases annually and growing strongly, there is a real opportunity for us to offer something a little different that will appeal to people who already enjoy flavoured whiskey, and also recruit new consumers to the category. The ‘Sleep When You’re 30’ marketing platform will work to engage sociable twenty-somethings and encourage them to begin their Irish whiskey journey.”

NOTES

About PADDY Irish Whiskey

Dating to 1779, PADDY Whiskey was originally sold under the name “Cork Distilleries Company Old Irish Whiskey”. Things began to change however when a young salesman by the name of Paddy Flaherty joined the company in 1882. Paddy was a larger than life character. As he travelled from pub to pub, he always drew a crowd as it was well known that this most generous of fellows would always stand a round in each pub he visited.

Over time, Paddy became synonymous with the whiskey and publicans began writing to the distillery asking for another case of “Paddy’s whiskey”. The name stuck, so much so that in 1913, Cork Distilleries Co. officially changed the name to PADDY Whisky. And thus 100 years ago, the PADDY brand was born.

About Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard

Irish Distillers Group was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between Irish whiskey distillers, John Power Son, John Jameson Son and the Cork Distillery Company. In an attempt to reverse the decline in Irish whiskey sales, the board of directors decided to close the existing distilleries in Cork and Dublin, and to consolidate production at a new purpose-built facility.

A site alongside the existing distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork was chosen as the location for the new distillery, as there was no room for expansion in Dublin. Both the Old Jameson Distillery and the Old Midleton Distillery currently operate as visitor centres attracting over 330,000 visitors annually. Following an early unsolicited takeover offer and one of the most protracted battles in Irish corporate history made by GrandMet, Allied-Lyons and Guinness, Irish Distillers was taken over by Pernod Ricard in June 1988 with the support of the management and employees.

Irish whiskey brands within the Irish Distillers’ portfolio include Jameson, Paddy and Powers, with Single Pot Still brands, Green Spot, Yellow Spot, Redbreast and the much-revered Midleton, which includes prestigious expressions such Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy and Midleton Very Rare, completing the line-up.

http://www.irishdistillers.ie/

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 64: Isle of Jura 16 Year Old

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

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Isle of Jura 16 Year Old

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

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Isle of Jura 21 Year Old 200th Anniversary

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada “October Outturn” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Blown

The leaves are turning colour, the air is crisp, winter isn’t far away so there’s no better time than now to be blown away by our delicious drams!

We’re pleased to announce the October Outturn:

Cask No. 31.24 Lively as an acrobat
24 years old; refill bourbon hogshead; 54%abv
The nose was as nutty as a pie-eyed professor – macadamias, cashews, almonds, peanuts – savoury too – straw, treacle, honey and smoke. The taste was as lively as an acrobat – powerful flavours of orange peel, coal, treacle, tar and sanded beech wood.

Cask No. 41.54 Takes the biscuit
8 years old; 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel; 58.7%abv
The initially reluctant aromas start as clean and fresh with apple boiled sweets, muesli, old cut flowers, macaroons and milk chocolate. The taste was surprisingly sweet and long. A mix of rich tea biscuits, Wagon Wheels, sweet tea and tropical fruits.

Cask No. G4.2 Attractive spirit in a cloak of oak
28 years old; refill hogshead; 55.4%abv
We found abundant wood on the nose – dunnage warehouses and a French polisher’s workshop – plus corn cobs, tobacco leaf, vanilla, chocolate-coated marshmallows and rum truffles. The palate held our interest – bourbon-like sweetness (butterscotch, chocolate, peanut brittle, caramel) with slightly bitter hints of cocoa powder, tobacco and leather.

Cask No. 24.124 Close to the edge of extreme
23 years old; refill sherry butt; 50.8%abv
The sherry influence dominated the nose – layers of wood and tons of treacle, plus toffee, tobacco, leather, orange and ham cooked in coca-cola. The taste was huge and mouth-drawing – flavours of honeycomb, dark chocolate, salty ham, pipe tobacco, toffee, toasted hazelnuts and oaky tannins.

Cask No. 30.74 Sweet, fruity and rich
11 years old; refill port pipe; 60.3%abv
We found plentiful fruit on the nose (sherry-soaked raisins, strawberry jam, dried cherries, bananas, toffee apples), candy floss, creme brulee, honey, sawdust and Muscat wine. The delightful palate had plum jam on scones, almond cake, peaches, apricots, syrupy figs, Armagnac and a faint whisper of a struck match.

Cask No. 29.126 Protects against vampires
17 years old; refill ex-bourbon barrel; 60%abv
Early nose impressions conveyed fresh hay and canvas, then spun sugar, honey-cured smoked ham, peppered steak, sweet cigar smoke – quite a feast. The palate was hot, fiery, effervescent, robust and earthy – provoking talk about cigars, ginger beer and barbecued meats retrieved from the ashes.

Cask No. 53.169 Invitation to a beach barbecue
18 years old; refill sherry butt; 59.2%abv
The nose invited us to a beach barbecue – bonfire smoke, pork ribs in BBQ sauce, oven-toasted burger buns, fruity chutney, sand, beach balls, buckets and spades. The appetizing palate offered smoked sausage, venison burger, relish, pickled gherkins, jalapenos and pink peppercorns.

For complete tasting notes and information on ordering from our retail partners, please visit www.smws.ca

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2013/10/scotch-malt-whisky-society-of-canada-october-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “October Outturn: Very Inviting” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Plunge

We’re thirty. You’re thirsty. What better excuse for the Society to splash out on a party (or five) so we can all celebrate our pearl anniversary in style?

And if you can’t join us in person, we invite you to select a suitably celebratory bottling from this month’s Outturn and raise a glass from wherever you are instead.

Young spritely
48.39 Red Liquorice Shoelaces
£41.80
125.70 A dram of two halves
£68.40

Sweet, fruity mellow
121.64 Maggie Thatcher at the funfair
£48.10
9.68 Plentiful fruit – super-charged sweetness

£82.20
30.79 Wherever I hang my jacket…
£87.20

Spicy sweet
73.57 Jamaican Rumtopf
£77.60

Spicy dry
50.52 Tales of the River-bank
£95.90

Old dignified
76.10 Summer fruit salad with cream
£126.00

Light delicate
36.64 An old-fashioned sweetie shop
Exclusive to offers

Juicy, oak vanilla
35.96 Tour of a stately home

£44.70
64.51 Tuck time in a stately home
£87.20

Lightly peated
4.184 Restrained smoke in a gun room
£51.80

Peated
53.195 Smoked ham and pineapple
£60.00

Heavily peated
127.37 Dinosaurs dancing to Stravinsky £52.80

Click on the links above for full tasting notes, or… Browse all bottlings

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at http://www.smws.co.uk/memberships for your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers.

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Wings Transport Tasting II

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

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BALLANTINE’S 12 FINDS THE PERFECT ‘BALLANCE’ – Scotch Whisky News

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BALLANTINE’S 12 FINDS THE PERFECT ‘BALLANCE’  

Ballantine’s, the No. 1 whisky in Europe, has partnered with award-winning Swedish design trio FRONT to create Ballance, a unique and limited edition serving ritual for its Ballantine’s 12 expression.

Ballance features a series of handcrafted objects which appear suspended in mid-air, creating a super premium design collectible. Comprising five essential items to create the perfect serve of Ballantine’s 12, the sculpture is inspired by the delicate balance of flavours of this popular whisky and the artistry of Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender.

The foundation of the Ballance sculpture is a solid oak coaster, inspired by the oak casks used to mature Ballantine’s whiskies. A contemporary, elegant whisky glass balances a trio of pieces; a copper ice bowl, in a tribute to the stills used in the distillery, a square shaped water jug, whose shape mirrors the silhouette of the Ballantine’s 12 bottle, and – precariously balanced at the sculpture’s summit – a copper spoon.

Each element of Ballance has the Ballantine’s 12 by FRONT design collaboration burned, etched or stamped onto it so that they also stand alone as collectibles.

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Sofia Lagerkvist of FRONT explains the design inspiration for Ballance: “We spent time with Ballantine’s Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, in Scotland and we learned that his craft is a highly skilled balancing act: first in channeling the influences of nature in ageing this particular Scotch whisky for a minimum of 12 years. Then, in blending Ballantine’s 12, the flavours of an extensive collection of single malts and grains have to be precisely balanced to achieve a consistently smooth finish every time.

“Our design objects often communicate a story about process and, with Ballance, we were inspired by the materials involved in crafting Ballantine’s 12 to create our serving ritual.  We also like to prompt curiosity and challenge perception. The magical elements of the sculpture are a stylish, fun and very modern tribute to the alchemic transformation conducted by the Master Blender, whose unique skills have been passed down from generation to generation.”

Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender, commented: “It was fascinating spending time with FRONT and exploring our shared passion for excellence. Ballance is as beautiful as it is functional – lending elegance and theatre to the serving ritual. With Ballance, the ultimate aim is for whisky connoisseurs to discover their own perfect balance in enjoying Ballantine’s 12.”

Only 150 units of Ballance will be released. Each set will have a recommended retail selling price of £350 or equivalent (currency dependent). Stockist information can be found at www.ballantines.com. 

Ballantine's 12 Finds the Perfect Ballance 1

NOTES

About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No. 2 ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Asia, No. 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 120 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch. 

For further information please visit http://www.chivasbrothers.com/

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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 9th Release

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

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