Ardbeg 23yr Old
Released in late 2017, Ardbeg Twenty Something is a 23-year-old single malt from the revered Islay distillery, matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks. The name might suggest that this release is somewhat shy or flippant about its age, but the flavor profile shows off the whisky’s maturity brilliantly.
Nose: Initial bursts of vanilla cream, sweet wood smoke, and antique furniture mingle with sweet bubble gum, roasted pinecones, and chocolate. On the second nose, fresh tropical fruits are infused with deeper chocolate and sherry-led notes. A splash of water releases robust flavors of smoke, creosote, and coal tar, followed by medicinal notes and ripe mangos.
Palate: At first, rich chocolate flavors combine with a silky mouthfeel. The second sip begins with more chocolate, then something deeper – vanilla pods and intense dried fruits glide into pine needles and pine smoke. Then finally, more chocolate, this time rich chocolate-covered raisins.
Finish: Herbal notes and incense create a long, lingering finish, rounded off with a hint of spice.
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