Ardbeg 9 Years Old Gordon & MacPhail Spirit of Scotland Cask 934 53% 1996

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Ardbeg - 9 Years Old Gordon & MacPhail Spirit of Scotland Cask 934 53% 1996 No Original Box Included
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Distillery Ardbeg
Bottler Gordon & MacPhail
Serie Spirit of Scotland
Bottled for
Distilled date 1996
Bottling date 13.05.2005
Country Scotland
Region Islay
Age 9
Cask Type Oak Cask
Cask Number 934
Alcohol percentage 53
Volume 0,70
Condition No original box included
Label Perfect
Stock 0

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In the rugged landscapes of Islay, where the Atlantic winds carry the scent of the sea and the earthy aroma of peat, Ardbeg Distillery has long been revered as a beacon of peaty perfection. The Ardbeg 9 Years Old, a creation by the venerable Gordon & MacPhail for the Spirit of Scotland series, stands as a testament to the mastery of both the distillery and the independent bottler.

Distilled in the hallowed halls of Ardbeg in 1996 and bottled on the 13th of May 2005, this expression is a precious gem that captures the essence of Islay's terroir. Cask 934, a bourbon cask, served as the vessel for this peaty elixir, allowing it to mature and evolve into a symphony of flavors that embody the spirit of the island.

At a bold 53% alcohol by volume, the Ardbeg 9 Years Old demands attention from the moment it meets the glass. The higher proof promises an intensified experience, inviting enthusiasts to delve into the depths of peat smoke, maritime influences, and the intricate layers that define Ardbeg's distinctive profile.

The Spirit of Scotland series by Gordon & MacPhail is a celebration of the country's whisky heritage, and this Ardbeg release exemplifies the very spirit it aims to honor. From the first glance at the label to the moment the cork is lifted, it's evident that every detail has been considered in presenting a whisky that transcends time.

The maturation period in bourbon casks imparts a golden hue and a complexity that unfolds with each sip. The marriage between the peaty robustness of Ardbeg and the sweet, vanilla notes from the bourbon cask creates a delicate balance that showcases the artistry of both the distillery and the independent bottler.

On the palate, the Ardbeg 9 Years Old offers a sensory journey. The medicinal peat smoke mingles with briny seaweed, and hints of citrus add a layer of brightness. The finish, long and lingering, leaves a trail of warmth and satisfaction—an echo of Islay's untamed beauty.

In conclusion, the Ardbeg 9 Years Old - Gordon & MacPhail Spirit of Scotland Cask 934 is more than a whisky; it's a pilgrimage to the heart of Islay. For those fortunate enough to experience its peaty embrace, it's an opportunity to connect with the very essence of Ardbeg and the artistry of Gordon & MacPhail. It's a tribute to tradition, a celebration of Islay's rugged allure, and a toast to the Spirit of Scotland captured in a single, unforgettable bottle.

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