Ardbeg 22yr 1993 SC (Cadenhead)
- 22 years
- 55.3% ABV
- Bourbon cask
So, little disclaimer going in. I love 1970s Ardbeg, hell I love Ardbeg. I am really looking forward to this.
Nose: Mellowed out compared to younger Ardbeg bottles. Smoke, peat, oak, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, leather, smores, lemon zest.
Palate: Oak, vanilla, tannins, smoke, peat, brine, cherry, oily, raisins and citrus.
Finish: Long. Nice balance between oak, peat,salt, dark chocolate and complimentary flavors (vanilla, leather, orange). This finish is really something special.
Wonderful balance. Long finish. The peat and smoke have been mellowed, the leather and fruit notes play a big role. Lots of the notes would have had me guessing refill sherry cask. This is what we need from Ardbeg – cask strength with a proper age statement. They still make some amazing whisky.