When Glenmorangie plc acquired Ardbeg Distillery in 1997 the site was in a sorry state and the neglected distillery buildings were screaming for restoration.
It took a lot of effort to bring the distillery to today’s glory and elevate the brand status to cult. In 2004 Ardbeg Very Young was launch as a forerunner of four releases containing whiskies distilled under new ownership. The idea was to show evolution of whisky in the first 10 years of aging. Ardbeg Still Young launched in 2006 is the second expression and follows Ardbeg Very Young. The whisky spent 8 years in wood and was bottled unchill-filtered and at cask strength (56.2% abv).
Nose: sea air, peat smoke, vanilla, toffee and traces of citrus.
Palate: pungent and peaty, dried fruits, vanilla and oak spice.
Finish: medium long, smoky, slightly malty, traces of fruit and smoked meat.