01 November 2013
This is the Ardbeg whisky that made it to the top of of Africa.....
Ardbeg on the summit of Kilimanjaro
Ardbeg 1999 First Fill Bourbon 54.6%
This could only be a classic Ardbeg in all its elemental livery on the nose.
The instant hit of pear drops and vanilla juxtaposed by the salty sea breezes and the creosote covered kelp with top notes of sweet new paint..
Sweet 'n succulent, then hot'n spicy on the palate, with a lick of hot wellies, this is not a wham, bam, thank you dram, this is an Islay malt showing heaps of peated sophistication. An Ardbeg for our whisky times.
This dram is an exquisite balance of sweet, softly yielding vanillas and maritime salted seaweed...an exemplary smoky vanilla ice-cream! 94