Malt Advocate 90 points - “Ardbeg in Perpetuum” would mean “Ardbeg forever.” It’s made up of a melange of different casks: American oak, refill, French oak…and others. Intense, marine, with pineapple, wet moss, tar, cracked black pepper, and a nuttiness. The palate is oily, sweet, with smoked cream, balanced by a very pure acidity, then soot and char. Will the fact that it isn’t an extreme Ardbeg satisfy everyone? Probably not. Is it a bloody good session drink? Damn right it is. (200th anniversary bottling)
(Summer 2015) Reviewed by: Dave Broom (Aug 2015)
There is an overall grilled / toasty quality to the palate. Big smoky notes of toasted nuts, grilled meat, brĂ»lĂ©e, grilled fruit and citrus peels. Some nice notes of iodine, brine, honey, ash and charcoal show up more towards the end and build adding deep dimension to the dram. Medium length, ashy and sweet. Mild notes of honey, wood, char and grilled fruit pop up along the way. Nicely balanced, smooth medium body and a warm luxuriant texture.
|Ardbeg has been voted the best Whisky in the world; 3 years in a row. And in the world of Ardbeg, peat is important. For it is this soggy, unassuming matter which gives Ardbeg its famous flavour.
Ardbeg is the PEATIEST and SMOKIEST of all the Islay malts, yet has a fruity floral sweetness and complexity to the spirit.