Appearance : pale gold.
Nose : lively, sharp. On the first nose, a rooty (gentian), herbaceous (juniper), lemon, smoky and increasingly earthy peat literally surges from the glass. Allowed to breathe, cut hay, yellow fruits (apple, pear), coconut milk and acacia honey bring lots of sweetness and creaminess to the aromatic palette. The latter is punctuated by exotic (pineapple, guava), ashy (chimney fire) and empyreumatic (sleet, diesel) aromas of great distinction.
Palate : rich, unctuous. On the attack, an oily, rich peat bursting with minerals, iodine and animal (bacon, smoked fish) flavours immediately seizes the palate. On the mid-palate, agaves release a deliciously sweet and earthy juice. The very expressive end of the palate is like a fishing boat returning to port, petrol smells in tow. A few white florals (lilac, carnation) fragrance the very end of the palate. On a chromatic front, the flavour palette wavers between bright yellows and soft greens.
Overall : long, silky. Like grandmas milk tart, the start of the finish reveals a particularly refreshing sweetness. Then, credit where credits due, malted barley takes the reins of the tasting. Undulating under a sea breeze, it brings us to the seaside to breathe in invigorating salty and iodine aromas. On the retro-nasal olfaction, lemon zest acidifies a peat that is now far drier. Then, like a tide, notes of blue agave return in force to the front of the stage. The empty glass is intensely smoky, animal (fish), mentholated and medicinal (tiger balm).
ARDBEG 18 YO 2001 The Story of the Wind & Wave French Connections
Quantity limited to 1 bottle(s) by client.
An LMDW exclusive
Founded in 1815 by John MacDougall, the Ardbeg distillery was mothballed for the first time between 1981 and 1989. After closing again in 1996, it then reopened just one year later. In 2004, much to the delight of its many aficionados, a first bottling baptized Ardbeg Very Young, aged 6 years, welcomed this iconic Islay single malt into a new era. Extremely typical, right from the start this version plunges us into the peaty, maritime and rocky world of Ardbeg. More than the words it brings to mind, it is the imagery that reveals rare eloquence. Occasionally nostalgic but above all resolutely focused on a radiant future, it constantly demands that we stay focused on the present moment.
Profile: the lively first nose reveals a rooty (gentian), herbaceous, lemon, smoky and increasingly earthy peat. Allowed to breathe, yellow fruits (apple, pear), coconut milk and acacia honey bring lots of sweetness to an aromatic palette that is also exotic (guava). The unctuous attack showcases an iodine and animal (smoked fish) oily peat. On the mid-palate, notes of agave release a delicious sweet and earthy juice. The rich (milk tart) start of the finish reveals stunning freshness. Next, malted barley takes the reins of the tasting. The end of the palate is particularly maritime (sea spray), mentholated and medicinal (tiger balm).