Back in 2002 Ardbeg Vatted several casks from the 1970’s , 1980’s and 1990’s and released 3000 bottles to Committee members .The abv is 55.3% .
A lovely Burnished Gold in colour , the nose is a mixture of young and old Ardbeg , the iodine of the elder , peatiness of the youth , it is quite sweet , marzipan being prominent , there’s also a strong presence of cloves alongside christmas spices , lemon and creamy coffee . It actually has one of them noses you could sit and smell all night , wonderful ! On the palate it has the sweet peat of youthfulness and the Iodine of an elder statesman , very well balanced and silky smooth , pretty much a perfect Ardbeg taste , very complex . The finish is long , warming , peaty and quite chewy .
This bottling has pretty much everything an Ardbeg fan could ask for , an incredible nose and a wonderful palate , definitely a mid 90’s score .