Ardbeg / Master of Malt

Ardbeg 18 Year Old (Master of Malt) Review

Ardbeg 18 Year Old 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.

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

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.

Palate

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.

Finish

fresh and sweet with an overlying layer of soot.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Ardbeg 18 Year Old (Master of Malt)
Age: 18
ABV: 56.30
Distiller: Ardbeg
Bottler: Master of Malt
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay
Posted: 21/05/2013 by Tom



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