Islay Whisky Classics No.63 – Connoisseurs Choice 1979 Ardbeg

Connoiseurs Choice was the Gordon and Macphail label for UK releases of Single malt whisky at 40-43% , at one point (late 90’s , early to mid 00’s) there was an abundance of Ardbeg releases , you could pick up a load from the 70’s (73 , 74 , 75 , 76 , 78 , 79) .

cc79begThis particular one is a 1979 (September) bottled in 2005 (December) from refill Bourbon Barrels at 43% . it has quite a nice golden colour to it. The nose is quite relaxed ( as would be expected at 43% ) but you’ve got all the Ardbeg traits there , the Ardbeg-dine , creamy fudge , coffee , a slight hint of lemon and a touch of oak . The palate is very smooth , lots of oak spices , again Ardbeg-dine , and creamy coffee with a hint of sprinkling chocolate . The finish is medium and smooth as a babies bottom .

Not many 1979 Ardbegs about ( the 21yo Committee and another G&M branded Spirits of Scotland ones are the only that spring to mind) , the only disappointing thing about this one is the 43% bottling strength…….