Ardbeg 18 Year Old (Master of Malt)
Part of a short series on Ardbeg whiskies
This 18 Year Old bottling from Master of Malt is an absolute blinder, and the sample was sent to me by Danny Williamson (@dramstats) of the Dramstats Whisky Blog. Taken from a refill ex-sherry cask this still has that wonderful earthy peat that you expect from Ardbeg but it also has something hugely different, a blast of fruityness and creamyness that i genuinely did not expect to find in an Ardbeg.
I only with Master of Malt still had this in stock.
oh wow i wasnt expecting that, i was expecting the normal huge peaty note from Ardbeg and what i get instead is light smoke and a huge creamy fruitiness, like butterscotch angel delight on top of a tinned fruit salad in syrup, the nose on this is devine, grapes, melons, peaches, pears, apples, cherries it's just gorgeous.
Now there's the peat hit that i was expecting, but it doesnt overpower the sweetness underlying it, it's creamy / oily with more of the tinned fruit salad edinburgh rock and porridge, made the proper way with salt.
fresh and sweet with an overlying layer of soot.