Ardbeg Batch 1 50cl

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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0.5 liter
Alcohol percentage
51.9%
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Tasting notes Serge Valentin: 88 points (WhiskyFun.com)

A new NAS series by Master of Malt. Our friend Geert, the famous Ardbeg collector and Ostendian hotelier, is featured on the label.

Colour: pale gold.

Nose: it’s a very medicinal one at first nosing, without any excessive sweetness from some too active oak. So we’re rather between bandages and antiseptic, as well as a little hessian, before it gets more coastal. Sea breeze, touches of marzipan, kippers… A sweetness kicks in later on, with some vanilla and oranges, together with more oak (ginger, nutmeg) and more roundness. So a classic modern Ardbeg with good complexity so far. With water: the maritime part came to the front. Also a little eucalyptus, as often.

Mouth: truly excellent, exactly midway between the raw tarry peat and the American wood’s sweet roundness. It’s also rather fruity (lemons and oranges), with also a good dose of maple syrup and sweet marzipan to coat the whole. Touches of salt+lemon, tequila-style. Maybe not. With water: a few earthy touches, some gentian… I like that.

Finish: medium long, with the oak’s spices talking a little louder (as often cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg) and a little more lemon.

Comments: excellent, it reminds me of a recent official but I just cannot remember which one, apologies.

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