Islay Whisky Classics No.58 – Ardbeg Renaissance

The Renaissance was the end of the path to peaty perfection , it started in 2004 with the Very Young and went through the Still Young and the Almost there . All these were from 1998 Stock . We all wondered what Glenmorangies stock would be like at 10yo , we all wondered what 10yo would be like at Cask Strength ? This answered our questions ! The release was vatted from 1st Fill (Fresh) Ex-Bourbon casks and bottled at 55.9% .

Ripe Barley in Colour , the nose has bags of peat at first , followed by creamy fudge , a wee touch of Cocoa , Also seashore ( seaweed ) and dunnage warehouses (earthy?). The palate is 24 Carat Ardbeg ! Peat , smoke , Cocoa , Dark chocolate , creamy , very luxurious over the tongue….. Absolutely fantastic ! The finish is very long , cocoa , peat , coffee , creamy fudge….

This is fantastic stuff ! It’s a real shame they never continued with a regular 10yo cask Strength bottling . 

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