Ardbeg AnthologyRegular price £145.00
The Ultimate Islay Single Malt Whisky
Very Rare 13 Years Old
Maturation in Sauternes & ex-bourbon casks
Very distinctively oily, with touches of extra virgin olive oil, sweet briar wood, aromatic
herbs (coriander & sage) and a suggestion of smoked lemon peel. A splash of water
releases more oiliness, like linseed oil, a gentle waxiness, and a burst of perfumed,
aromatic carbolic soap, and finally, a whiff of crème bruleé.
A soft, oily, mouthcoating texture leads into a rich, sweet, smoky palate, with hints of oak
moss, treacle, aniseed lozenges and a lovely, sweet, woody/balsamic flavour. This is then
followed by smoked apricots and eucalyptus oil.
Finally comes a lingering, sweet/smoky aftertaste, with a touch of cumin, cardamom
and the merest hint of coconut.
A marriage of whisky matured in sweet Sauternes wine casks, together with classic Ardbeg aged in ex-bourbon casks. Smoked lemon peel soars alongside balsamic vinegar, before fresh apricots roll and bank into notes of tarry rope. First imagined only as a flight of fantasy, this is a spirit that achieves the ultimate equilibrium between sweetness and smoke. A rare beast Ardbeg indeed...