This sealed collectible bottle represents one of the last representations of Ardbeg before it was sold the following year. This scotch whisky was aged 24 years in ex bourbon casks before being bottled in 01 and sold at retail in 02. Seal and bottle are in excellent condition, and it includes the original display box. Pickup in downtown Frederick.
Not available in the USA and no longer available at international markets, this is a UK bottling that is exceptionally hard to find.
"A vintage of exceptional balance and depth"
Here at Ardbeg we're delighted to announce the launch of our second Vintage, 1977, which will be widely available from the end of June 2001. Non chill-filtered for greater flavour, it is an absolute delight. And with so many very special characteristics, we rank it close to Provenance. Due to the limited stocks of Ardbeg, it's likely to be the last Vintage we declare for at least ten years.
Colour - Rich Gold.
Nose - An enormous whisky, embodying the perfect balance of sweetness, fruit and deep smoky aromas. This vintage is a truly sensational example of Ardbeg matured in quality American oak ex-bourbon barrels. Toffee and fudge sweetness emerges first with peat encased in milk chocolate. Mandarin fruit is discovered through the chocolate with a sprinkling of cocoa powder. The oak is gentle and scented, both balsamic and spicy revealing eucalyptus oil and cinnamon. With water, dessert sweetness is uncovered with lemon curd and bitter almonds followed by vanilla. The deep smokiness of Ardbeg emerges with the hallmark aromas of tarry rope and cigar smoke, yet it is soft and scented with woodsmoke, burning incense sticks and cappuccino coffee.
Taste - Sensationally smooth and peaty, a mouthful of soft and chewing peat smoke rapidly takes centre stage. The mouthfeel is at once silky, velvety and chewing. The flavours are sweet and scented with milk chocolate, mandarins and parma violets. Peat is present throughout the taste, constantly filling the palate with cocoa and scented smoke from beginning to end.
Finish - The taste refuses to go away. The finish is very long and scented with woodsmoke, mandarins and cocoa.