Ardbeg Very Old 30
Added on Wednesday, Mar 4, 2009 at 10:53 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 30 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $550 Availability: Collectors Only
Member Ratings and Notes

N: Farmy, wet dog, rich peat, lots of iodine, a little gunpowder, then some ripe berries, blueberries, black licorice, a whiff of sulfur.
P: Lovely peat, citrus, very rich and mouth coating, the sugar is heavy on the tongue. Wow. Immensely drinkable and delicious.
F: Peppery, lemon and orange, then very medicinal on the finish. No oak even detectable!


Retaste June 2010:  Still a big fan, very big for 40% abv.   I noted camphor and motor oil in the nose.  The rest of my notes were oddly profane and I won't repeat them here, but the gist was that I liked the "dirtiness" of the malt.

Nose of honey, grapes, toffee, and tires. Palate is decent but kinda unremarkable: mostly very light peat, peppery. What a shame this was bottled at 40%.  B/B+ 
Nose of sweet sherry with subtle smoke.  On the palate you get hit first with sherry and grapes, almost syrupy with light peat, then peat on the finish.  A good solid Ardbeg but another I wish were higher abv.

n:  Gasoling + new car tire


p:  Aspahlt, timothy hay

Old school whisky quality with wax and paraffin paper. Light peat and a bit of soap on the finish. B/B+ 
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