I figured that after posting my old Glenmo notes I might as well put up some notes I took on several Ardbegs. Ardbeg sits on the South coast of Islay along with Laphroaig and Lagavulin and puts out a relatively small range of core expressions, this being the most basic of them, but that does not make it a basic whisky at all.
Ardbeg was silent for many years and re-opened in 1997 and have since made quite a reputation for themselves. Their expressions are all non-chill filtered, even the 10 year old which really helps deliver the pungent peaty notes.
Aged 10 years. 46%ABV. Aged in ex-bourbon casks. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Leather, the old and worn kind. Peat, deep and earthy. Salt. Iodine. socks.
Palate: Burned leather and earth. Fresh rain. Fancy salt. Rich chocolate and coffee.
Finish: Blissfully long. Deep and smoky with some nice earthy notes like after swallowing some dirt.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This is really a lovely dram. Huge, bold and very peaty. It’s quite widely available as well. Well played Ardbeg, for keeping such a level of quality in their base expression.