Ardbeg 17 Year
Peated Single Malt
Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland
An ancient distillery, Ardbeg was founded in 1794, passing through various hands until being mothballed in 1976 by Canadian distiller Hiram Walker & Sons in 1976, and then again by Allied Lyons in 1987. The distillery sat quiet for 10 years after that, slowly gathering dust before being bought by Glenmorangie Plc in 1997, which was later acquired by LVMH. This 17 Year bottling is a rare find on retail shelves; your best bet is through auction houses or fine bar establishments.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask TypeEx-bourbon Barrels
"The Ardbeg 17 starts smooth on the nose, low peat riding in on an ocean wash bringing salt and brine to a seaside bog. Medical aromas lies in the background, a drop of iodine that joins in with a sea of salted vanilla and honey. On the palate, the peat hits dry and soft, but a sweet lash of salt comes in unexpectedly, helped by roasted marshmallows done over a smoky fire and a tinge of licorice. The finish is amazingly soft--a boat sailing slowing into a vast ocean of smoke, peat, honey and vanilla."