Sunday, 19 June 2011
No on general sale yet, this was sampled at Cambridge Wine Merchants, Bridge St (an official Ardbeg Embassy) from a mightily impressive 4.5L bottle - the picture shows it alongside a normal Ardbeg 10yo 70cl bottle.
Nose: salty seaside, brine, iodine, sea kelp, plenty sweet vanilla on they nose. Palate: Incredible sweetness, the vanilla really speaks - not the typical sherried sweetness found in scotch, this is more bourbon territory. Some sweet spice at the back, decent kick; surprisingly the peat doesn't take a front seat. Great length, aftertaste mainly of vanilla. Interesting take, not completely convinved its 'together' yet.