That is the question facing a Czech backpacker who arrives at Ardbeg visitor centre one regular Wednesday afternoon to no fanfare, at least initially.
This premium expression has been created from specially selected casks fromplus much older, sherry cask-matured Ardbeg. The resulting malt is true to the 'house style' but with an additional luscious richness.
Full flavoured, rich and smooth with an intriguing balance of sweet, savoury and smoky flavours. A very great malt even, a real Ardbeg. The palate is extremely complex. It is one of the most beautiful Islay whiskies I ever tasted. A mix of traditional Ardbeg taste smoke and peat with something mysterious and very pleasant.
Add a very long and very pleasant finish, recalling all the fragrances detected by nose and mouth, and you'll have one of the best whiskies on earth Peat, iodine and smoke, with something more, something sweet and strong at the time, something animal, cocoa are characteristics of a very intense nose.
In the palate, some slightly acid hints, on a background of liquorice, peat and smoke. What a complex whisky! What a fragrances fireworks. A lingering and warm finish, with some acidity at the begriming, lemon, and clear hints of smoke. The nose is clearly marked by peat smoke and some citrus fruit hints on the background.
A touch a spices overall. In the mouth, a nice mix of peat, malt and citrus fruit, with a touch of bitterness giving a special character to the whole. A rather complex and varied palate.
A pleasant finish, lingering and warm, which prolongs the happiness this whisky gives. Comment by Henrik Johansson Date of tasting: Clear copper-like glints Nose: Peaty bonfires, grilled vegetables and damp leather, liquorice hints, some sulphuric whiffs and solvent elements nail varnish remover, paint and acid drops in the background, quite a prickle at cask strength.
The reduced nose lends ocean-like fumes along with a new found fruitiness -mainly cooked fruits -stewed apples perhaps. Peppery, herbal and cut paper hints also emerge. Very firm, medium to heavy Palate: Nice grilled flavours, sweet and full bodied.
Very smooth feel and nice development with some hot, prickly burnt sticks taste in the finish along with just a hint of sherried sweetness.
Golden bronze, a little reddish glints, copper sherry or colouring? Let's say the firstbeautiful oily tears. One of the most extremely multilayered noses I ever experienced: A soft chemical note photo developersuede, english mustard, chinese sweet and sour soup, woodberries, dried cherries, and in the very back there, yes, behind that peat, there seems a very soft sherry note to be lingering around.
Very earthy, a deep bite in the ground of a scottish highland moore, together with very fine herbal notes, then there is strong licorice salmiaklater instant coffee powder perhaps mixed with black pepper, bavarian radish, beetroots, horseradish, grapefruit and chillies.
With water added something from the sea shows: Smoked salmon, salt and seaweed but also a very delicate caramel arome. Very long and very herbal, the bitter earthy note lingers for a long while. A very grand and satisfying whisky, but this is for sure not my favorite every-day dram and there has not been many occasions to pour from this bottle which is in my collection for quite a few years.“At a public consultation held at Ramsay Hall in Port Ellen, Islay, yesterday evening, Sukhinder Singh, co-founder of Elixir Distillers, confirmed intentions for the company to build a new distillery on Islay.
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Exclusive Single Cask, Single Malt Whiskies. The Creative Whisky Company specialises in Exclusive, single cask, single malt whiskies. Each and every bottling is from one cask; sometimes less than bottles, sometimes as many as Owned by the Distillers Company Ltd since , it reopened in , after some refurbishment and expansion, to provide whisky for the company’s blends.
Despite growing in size, it was still the smallest of DCL’s distilleries on Islay and when the s’ downturn caused it to close one of them, Port Ellen was the obvious choice.
Islay Whisky There are eight working distilleries on the Isle of Islay producing famous the peated single malts alongside unpeated whiskies too. Ardbeg, Laphroaig and .