We dive back in to the past with a bottle that is appreciated by enthusiasts and collectors. This Ardbeg was released in 2006, the barrels were filled in 1990. There are different versions for different markets in existence. Considered, by many, to be one of the best official Ardbeg. It was then removed from production after a few year, due to the scarcity of the barrels that were necessary for its creation.
- ABV: 46%
- Casks: Oak Casks
- Age: 16 years
- Number of bottles: not declared
- Price range: € 250-500
- Availability: low
TASTING NOTES ARDBEG AIRIGH NAM BEIST 1990
Nose: equipped with a good complexity, very appealing and captivating. It immediately develops notes of black and white pepper, accompanied by nuances of iodine and chlorine, the latter seems to teleport you in to a pool. Then come sulfur and bacon. The spices are layered and give this whisky depth. Lastly, a mix of citrus reaches the nostrils: lime, lemon, orange and citron. A menthol like sensation completes the aromatic palette.
Palate: in addition to the peat, well measured and never overwhelming, it also reveals notes of fruit (red apples and Williams pear), with a little tanginess. Brown sugar and black pepper become more and more marked. Mushrooms and smoked notes (bacon) develop right before a coastal sensation becomes perceptible. The complexity can be felt on the palate as well.
Finale: extremely long and complex. Spices (black pepper), bitter chocolate, peat, salt and iodine are perceptible.
One of the more complex Ardbeg of all time. A masculine whisky, but multifaceted at the same time, that is able to satisfy even the more demanding palates. Although it is highly sought after, we recommend that you try it.