It’s the last day of Feis Ile 2014 and as in previous years, it’s Ardbeg distillery open day.
Today I’ll review a bit old ardbeg which was I was delighted to drink during a local whisky tasting last week – the Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 17 which was bottled by the new ownership at 2007 but was distilled by the previous one at 1990. Lets haste into the tasting notes:
Ardeg Airigh Nam Beist (46%)
Nose: Wet dirty peat, not too strong nor lots of smoke, but with lots of fruits in the shallow level below the peat with apricots & pears. lemon is developing, brine and little spice but very little
Palate: Peatier than nose hinted, wet coals, stewed fruits concentration, oily and sweet with little smoke and peppery spiciness.
Finish: Gentle peat and weeds, smoke infused cloths, sweet lingering, smidge of oak, warming
Conclusion: I’ve seen the light! A fantastic dram. It’s different from all the modern Ardbeg releases by being less ashy and fresh. This one is more dirty wet peat feeling and much more fruitier.
(Thanks Yori for sharing this one with me)