Anticipated by “Still Young” and “Almost There”, this vintage 1998 has a rather high gradation and, despite the limited number of bottles, is still available, obviously at a higher price.
TASTING NOTES ARDBEG 1998 RENAISSANCE
Nose: intense peat notes, then custard, vanilla and a rich vein of citrus (lime, lemon and bergamot). The smokiness is significant and even nuances of diesel oil and yellow fruits (banana and pineapple) are perceptible. Charcoal and licorice are outlined after several minutes.
Palate: it is quite monothematic, with intense peated aromas, spices (black pepper) and a evident saltiness. Shades of vanilla and sweet citrus notes.
Finale: of medium persistence, but of high intensity. It emanates a salty notes, joined by hints of licorice and vanilla.
Palate and finale are less performing than this Ardbeg gives off on the nose.