2015 marks Ardbeg’s 200th birthday, and for this occasion the distillery has produced a special bottling: Ardbeg Perpetuum, an expression “inspired by the main styles, ideas and quirks of fate which have influenced Ardbeg recipes over time. It combines different styles, different flavours, different dreams and different trials, all skilfully married together in a melange of the very best Ardbeg has to offer.”
n: very vanilla and oaky. Full of sea brine and a weird mix of pickled meat and spice. This is subdued and pleasant with a hint of red fruit and toffee.
t: follows nose with the briney/pickle quality. Has a burnt pumpernickle toast quality with lots of butter that is nice but the mouthfeel is thin. BBQ meat, scalded strawberries, and some sea salt in middle. Finish is burnt paper smoke, hint of green citrus, and vanilla coffee creamer.
This isn't a knock-out punch, but it is nicely balanced between the fruity side and a young vanilla profile. [B/B-]