Ardbeg 1991 Malts of Scotland
Added on Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM
  Bottler: Malts of Scotland
  Age: 20 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1991 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.40 % Region: Islay
  Price: $300 Availability: Overseas Specialty

Distilled 02/1991       Bottled 10/2011       Cask MoS 11003       240 Bottles       Sherry Hogshead

For Hotel Bero, Belgium.  "Only available to overnight staying guests." 

Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 

Nose is a weird kind of rubbery, like a brand new blow-up pool toy. That Ardbeg musty aspect is here, of course along with earthy peat smoke, and a little chicken broth.

 

Palate is nice and sherried, milder overall, smoke restrained. Cough syrup kind of grapey-cherry flavor (without the sweetness of such products), maybe not the ideal kind of sherry cask here.

 

You know it's weird, there are lots of "B" reviews I give that sound praiseworthy -- and I do like this very much -- but with a heavily sherried Ardbeg like this it's hard not to have your expectations be very high (perhaps unreasonably so). While I've grown a little tired of some of the kick-your-ass-with-intense-peat Ardbegs of recent issue, this one has me wishing for a little bit more in the palate. No doubt great to drink, dangerously easy to do so, but the complexities in here are too muted to make me do backflips. That's not to say I wouldn't do them anyway if you showed up at my door with a bottle of this, cause I would!  B/B+

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