Saturday, 2 June 2012

Ardbeg Day 2012

Saturday, 2 June 2012; tasted at Ardbeg Embassy @ Cambridge Wine Merchants, Bridge Street

Ardbeg Day (Feis Ile) 2012
£60 at Cambridge Wine and selected other Ardbeg Embassies

At first, whiffs of salt, brine, sea weed and iodine on the nose; then follows a good whack of smoky peat, with nice warmth and spice, particularly anise; also showing slight sherry sweetness and richness there, even sweet citrus and oranges; good volatile notes. Really opens up with a bit of water, inviting warmth and vanilla showing. On the palate its quite rich, whilst retaining a smoky peat and some salty notes; I'd put this as a blend between the briny and peaty precision of a Corryvreckan and the oloroso-influenced sweetness of an Uigeadail - best of both worlds, I'd say. Great expression, another wonderful Ardbeg (they dont ever make bad stuff, do they) ...

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