Ardbeg 17 Year

Peated Single Malt

Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland


community rating

4 out of 5 stars
( 56 )

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.

  • age
    17 Year
  • Cost
  • abv
  • Peated Single Malt
    100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
  • Cask Type
    Ex-bourbon Barrels

Tasting Notes

"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."

Score 97

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