Ardbeg Kildalton Project 2014
An interesting dram the Ardbeg Kildalton Project 2014 with this review based on a sample provided by Johnnie Stumbler (@johnniestumbler) from The Nosing Arse blog.
Ardbeg Kildalton has been launched to raise money for The Kildalton Project, which is part of the North Highland Initiative (NHI) – a charity inspired by the “sustainable” vision of Prince of Wales that seeks to support “fragile, rural communities” across the North Highlands.
The project, a collaboration between the Ardbeg Distillery, owned by The Glenmorangie Company, and the NHI, will help build a new community hub in Port Ellen.
Exclusively available from the Ardbeg Distillery, limited edition Ardbeg Kildalton is named after the iconic 1,200-year-old Kildalton Cross.
I tasted this initially over at the distillery and even bought a bottle, and was lucky to get it signed by Mickey Head, but i did think at the time it was a bit MEH!!! but then i had tasted a good number of other more powerful drams prior to this, so thanks again to Johnnie Stumbler (@johnniestumbler) for letting me try this again, this is more up my street its very Blasda like in my book and as such i think i will open my own bottle sometime soon.
The nose on this is light and gentle and although there's an edge of earthy smoke that reminds me of Ardbeg Blasda with a lovely sweet citrus and malt biscuit notes with hints of buttery custard cream filling.
Sweet and juicy with earthy smoke much stronger than the nose... There's also a citrus peel waxy mouthfeel that works really well here.
Gentle earthy smoke and waxy lemon peel