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Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 Year Old Review

Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 Year Old This is a really interesting Ardbeg, released in November 2017 aged 23 puts it around 1994 which was during the 1990-1996 period for which Ardbeg was only occasionally being run, and this will have been in the iconic still that stands outside the distillery today.

The distillery was bought by The Glenmorangie Company (Macdonald and Muir) in 1997 and has been pretty much back in full swing since. This dram was made available to Ardbeg Committee members from the beginning of November 2017 and didn't last particularly long on the shelf.

This isn't like the Ardbegs I'm used to recently, it doesn't have the real strong lemon underneath that I'm used to, and the earthiness is really vegetal, more like Lagavulin, there's smoky elements which are interesting and not overpowering, a really intriguing dram.

This isn't one I'd go out my way to have again, I'd much rather drink Ardbeg uigeadail instead but it is a great experience to try it.

This is one you're likely to only find at auction or on the shelf of a retailer with a huge markup on the original price.

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

This has a really familiar nose, it's quite comforting although I wouldn't have described this as being what I would know normally (or more specifically recently) as Ardbeg, it's quite vegetal, touches of wood smoke and smoked roast vegetables, a hint of lemongrass floats around the background.

Palate

For an Ardbeg this is actually tame initially, the notes are more of those lemongrass and vegetal notes, it's got definite wood smoke elements, or wood fired vegetal pizza (including a think and crispy baked base), it's really quite interesting and genuinely quite tasty

Finish

Wood fired pizza, vegetal notes, and medium length

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 Year Old
Age: 23
ABV: 46.30
Distiller: Ardbeg
Bottler: Ardbeg
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay
Posted: 21/03/2019 by Tom



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