Back in the bad ol’ days , before Flea-bay took hold , before a chaser had thought which bottle to go for , The Ardbeg Committee released a 21yo in July 2001 , vatted from 12 ex-bourbon casks filled in 1979 and 1980 . The ABV is 56.3% and the outturn was 2500 bottles .
Bright gold in colour , it has what i would consider to be the perfect Ardbeg nose , the beautiful iodine of the 70’s bottlings , lots of bourbon cask spices , a nice hint of oak and vanilla , a sweetness encapsulates the peat smoke . The palate explodes with peatiness , cask spices – cloves seems to be prominent , vanilla and there’s also a fruitiness to it . In the long finish there’s peat and smoke , spices and creamy coffee .
What can you say ? An aged Ardbeg from ex-bourbon Casks that is extremely yummy ! A true great amongst Ardbeg releases !