Some of us are getting really emotional while looking at the bottle of Ardbeg 17 years old.
It is hard to believe that back in the 1990s the Distillery was fighting for survival and experienced long periods of closures. Should Glenmorangie not acquire Ardbeg in 1997 some whisky writers would perhaps only mention today the brand name. Ardbeg 17 years old was launched that very year and the „Ardbeg-mania” was about to begin.
Nose: beautiful combination of briny seaweed, iodine, peat smoke and citrus-vanilla sweetness.
Palate: rich and complex, smoky and peaty first, soon show its sweet vanilla-caramel side and finally hints of salt and pepper.
Finish: long, slightly oily, initially sweet, soon getting oaky and peppery.