Ardbeg Perpetuum Single Malt Whisky
Ardbeg Perpetuum Single Malt Whisky celebrating Ardbeg Distillerys 200th Anniversary.
Officially founded in 1815 built on the site of a earlier illicit still.
Location Islay, South shore region.
Water Source Loch Uigeadail
Ardbeg Perpetuum Single Malt Whisky Tasting Notes
Colour: Deep Amber.
Nose : Mellow, rich and enticing, tar, soot and pine resin. Leading into dark chocolate, treacle toffee, coffee grinds and a distant, nutty/ oaky note.
Add a splash of water.
This introduces a burst of fresh, briny sea-spray with a hint of salt, some linseed oil, followed by further classic Ardbeg pine resin/ lime top note. A remarkably fresh bouquet for such a peaty whisky.
Palete: Intense, robust peat smoke, savoury smoky bacon, cinnamon and nutmeg, but also an incredible creamy, sweet vanilla/milk chocolate note, which soothes the palate.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and mouth-coating, slightly chewy.
Finish: The never-ending aftertaste sees more linseed oil (a hint of the Sherry Casks in the recipe). Some creosote and tar, but understated, and always gentle.
Ardbeg Malt Whisky Distillery History.
One of the original Kildalton distilleries, situated on the southern shore of the island.
The present distillery built in 1815, on the site of an illicit distillery, of which there were many in the area.
Ardbeg, unlike its neighbours Laphroaig and Lagavulin, has not enjoyed the same uninterrupted period of production since its opening.
In fact between 1981 and 1989 it was famously closed, whilst the then owners Allied distillers decided what to do with the distillery.
It was re-opened in 1990 but only operated up to 6 weeks of the year from 1991 until 1996 when the distillery closed again…for good.
In 1997 the Glenmorangie company bought the distillery and all its stock, re-starting distillation in earnest in 1998, bringing much needed stability and expertise in maturation particularly. In effect they had resurrected a slumbering beast.
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