One of the two releases for the Ardbeg Distillery’s 200th Anniversary , this one comes with a box and at the lower ABV 47.4% , the other was a Distillery only release .
Pale gold in colour , The initial nose is incredibly smoky , huge bonfire ! There’s quite a youthfulness to it , it’s very malty , quite medicinal as well , there’s also the Ardbeg creamy coffee buried just beneath all this . All in all quite a lot happening on the nose .
A very strange start to the palate , would have sworn it was a laphroaig if it was in a blind tasting . , quite medicinal again , nettles and farm yard , there’s the smoke again and the creaminess , there’s also a nice peppery / spiciness to it . The finish is very long with a nice smoky spiciness to it .
This is the first Ardbeg i’ve bought since last years Ardbeg Day release , have to say it’s better than the last two releases i’ve tried (The new Kildalton and Supernova) , a pleasant surprise but it doesn’t come across as an Ardbeg , to my palate anyway , worth a try though .
Edit – I have to say i have revisited this several times since my initial tasting and have been less impressed with it every time , Still doesn’t taste like an Ardbeg (or a Laphroaig , as previously stated) and tastes younger everytime , Very disappointed in it as a 200th Anniversary offering , hope the Laphroaig (if i ever get one…. ) is better……..