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 Almost There launched in 2007 is the third expression and follows Ardbeg Still Young. The whisky spent 9 years in wood and was bottled unchill-filtered and at cask strength (54.1% abv).
Nose: earthy and briny, medicinal, peat smoke, creamy maltiness, vanilla and orchard fruits.
Palate: very peaty with strong vanilla and honey notes, sweet cereal and spice.
Finish: long and clean, peat smoke, vanilla, fresh fruits and smoked meats.