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Ardbeg 10yo circa 1960s, 80 proof

Yes this is a rather old 10 year old, from about the 60s, before Ardbeg started using the distinctive stylized A in Ardbeg. That means this whisky has been in glass for about 50 years or so. That also means this isn’t a widely available daily dram, thanks to Udo for this sample and this opportunity.

I’ve gone on quite a bit about Ardbeg and its past in earlier posts, so straight to this oldie then.

Ardbeg 6os 10 France (Also, I’ve nicked your picture!)

Nose  Nose: Stunning complexity. Salt encrusted rubber boots, pages from old books, briny shellfish on a bed of seaweed, phenolic peatsmoke from upwind, tell tale touches of burstingly ripe fruit here and there though I can’t say what. More salty seabreeze. Chest rub. The whole is not huge but beautifully integrated, and the vegetal-ly phenolic peat seeps into everything, melding it all into a round whole.

Taste  Palette: Soft entry, but builds up quickly – the peat now becomes this big round thing that sits on the tongue. Ashes and smoking seaweed recedes for maritime flavours. Salty piers and catch of the day. Also something very much like a herby medicated oil. On the other hand, much less obvious fruits here. Not a huge heavy body though.

Finish  Finish: Comes too soon. Medium, rubbery smoke, medicated aftertaste.

Score99

 

It’s 45.7% (?), and been in the glass for 50 years, that might be the reason the body feels a little weak after that magnificent nose. But really, it’s almost perfect. Also a plus: not much detectable glass effect.

 

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