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Ardbeg 20 Years Old Chieftains Cask:808/811 46.5% 1996

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20 Years Old Chieftains Cask:808/811 46.5%
€ 376,60   - € 338,43 (excl. Vat)
409,50 (incl. Vat)
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Distillery

Ardbeg

Bottler

Ian Macleod

Serie Chieftain's
Bottled for X
Distilled date 03.1996
Bottling date 06.2016
Country Scotland
Region

Islay

Age 20
Cask Type Barrels
Cask Number 808/811
Alcohol percentage 46.5
Volume 0,70
Condition
Stock 1


Serge Valentin (90)

It’s quite a statement that Ian McLeod would still reduce their Ardbegs. Colour: white wine. Nose: total briny, medicinal, and slightly coal-tarry Ardbeg, typically ‘Ardbeg’, with no weird wood/wine influence whatsoever. Rather brine, seawater, tiger balm, embrocations, and all that. Clear, classy, and loud. Love it that they’ve kept it all ‘natural’. Mouth: it’s rather sweet, it’s certainly lemony, and believe me, it’s more medicinal that Laphroaig. It’s very salty too, very discretely gassy/tarry, and it’s got this bright fatness that screams ‘Ardbeg’. Some olives too. This wee baby reminds me of the first Airigh Nam Beist, if that rings a bell. Finish: long and rather smoky/almondy. Smoked almonds were often to be found in Ardbeg, in my humble experience. Very salty/tarry aftertaste, which is even more Ardbeg. Comments: there shouldn’t be much left from these pre-reopening batches that used to be made by the good Laphroaig people ‘to keep the equipment fit’. Excellent, if a little simpler then earlier vintages.

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