Ardbeg Provenance (3rd Release)
Added on Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 02:53 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 25 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1974 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 55.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
3rd of 4 releases. For USA. Photo pilfered from Whiskyauction.com.
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

Nose:  Peat, leather, lumber, very funky stuff.  With some time in the air there are cloves and other spices.

 

Palate:  Peat, mlat, cereal grains, smoked meat, an oily mouthfeel and maybe a bit waxy.

 

Finish:  Sharply peaty, oily, the funkiness grows with time.

 

It's amazing how different this is from today's Ardbegs.  It's so funk and oily and not at all sweet.  The oily mouthfeel is also something missing from today's peated whiskies.  It has a huge amount of character and opens up well with air.  It's great stuff, though not particularly balanced. 

 

 

Fuji
 

N: Malt and oats. Freshly struck matchsticks, cookie dough, citrus, cracked black pepper, licorice and baked biscuits. Oily old school style peat.


P: Oily and grungy initially. Viscous texture with baked bread, pepper, and vanilla oil. Dry vegetation and herbs too. Spicy peat and smoky BBQ stuff.


F: Dry. Apple, pear and charred toast

 

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Ries
 

n: maritime sweetness, light malt, salt and controlled phenols. Light orange wax citrus and lotsa tar.

 

t: tar, leather, and grey sea salt. Very oily and thick. Burnt cherry wood turns to seaweed and petrol. Some pepper and orange wax cleaner. Diesel vapours and tarry peat. Light sherry fruits balance the phenols to make this a very savoury and complex whisky. Extremely long, peppery finish. Delicious!!!

 

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