Ardbeg Day Committee Release
Added on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 05:22 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: NA yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2012 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 56.70 % Region: Islay
  Price: $85 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 
n:  Burnt toffee and tar.  Hint of French Vanilla
p:  A bit waxy in taste and feel.  Grains dipped in iodine and a little bit of butterscotch.  Hot and aggressive.  The flavors are fleeting on the finish, but the "scotchiness" sticks around for a long time.  Not for the meek.

Overall, good, but not up to the Corry and Gator releases.

B/B+  
Fuji
 

N: Theres loads of iodine here along with spice and ashy smokiness.  But there's something floral here as well with a nice warm butterscotch sweetness holding it all together.

P: Kind of oily with an inital attack of spices followed by a sweet maltiness, cured and charred meats, grass, and some peat.  There less peat than I'm used to in Ardbegs.  

F: Starts to dry out with salt and some citrus rind bitterness

This is a calmer more relaxed Ardbeg.  The peat level is toned down and theres enough here to make this very drinkable.  B/B+ 

Blind retaste:
N: BUttery vanilla,  rubbery peat notes alond with crisp bacon and loads of spices.
P: oily mouthfeel with nice woodiness and carred meat and charred oak.
F: Long lingering warm peat finish
B/B+

 
Ries
 

n: salted meat, leather, and ash and held together by a white sugar sweetness. Brine and damp earth. Other notes of burnt grass, tar, model airplane glue.

 

t: oily BBQ vs sweet wood. Molasses brown sugar mixed with a metallic note in the middle (sardine oil). Finishes nice with burnt caramel and more coastal brine with the oily peat. Doesn't get very sweet, everything is tempered and quite nicely cohesive. Dense body to this.

 
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