Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 5 19 Years Old 46.2% 2004

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Distillery Ardbeg
Bottler OB
Serie Small Batch Release
Bottled for
Distilled date 12.02.2004
Bottling date 03.05.2023
Country Scotland
Region Islay
Age 19
Cask Type American Oak and Oloroso Sherry Casks
Cask Number Batch TB/05-12.02.2004/23.MH
Alcohol percentage 46.2
Volume 0,70
Condition In original container
Label Perfect
Stock 6

Professional reviews

BOW (89)

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch #5: A Tale of Time, Craftsmanship, and Distinctive Elegance

In the illustrious realm of Scotch whisky, few names command as much reverence as Ardbeg. Renowned for its peaty expressions and unwavering commitment to quality, Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch #5 stands as a testament to the distillery's artistry and dedication. Distilled on February 12, 2004, and bottled on May 3, 2023, this 19-year-old single malt is a jewel in the crown of Ardbeg's Small Batch Release series.

Maturation Mastery:

What sets Traigh Bhan Batch #5 apart is not just its age but the meticulous maturation process it has undergone. Resting in a marriage of American Oak and Oloroso sherry casks, this expression embodies the alchemy that occurs when spirit and wood entwine over nearly two decades. The result is a whisky that reflects the rugged beauty of Islay and the dedication of the craftsmen at Ardbeg.

A Symphony of Flavors:

At 46.2%, Traigh Bhan Batch #5 is a symphony of flavors that unfolds with each sip. The first encounter is with the signature Ardbeg peat smoke, a bold and bracing introduction that transports the drinker to the windswept shores of Islay. The influence of American Oak and Oloroso sherry casks becomes evident as layers of complexity reveal themselves.

On the palate, the whisky dances between brine, citrus, and dark chocolate, creating a captivating interplay of sweet and savory. The American Oak lends a robust foundation, while the Oloroso sherry casks contribute nuanced notes of dried fruits and vanilla. The result is a harmonious blend that showcases the depth and character that only time and carefully chosen casks can impart.

Conclusion:

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch #5 is more than a whisky; it's a journey through time and taste, an ode to the mastery of distillation and maturation. As part of the Small Batch Release series, it encapsulates the essence of Ardbeg's commitment to excellence. For enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, this 19-year-old expression is a sip of Islay's heritage—a celebration of craftsmanship that transcends time.

Serge Valentin (89)

I thought batch 3 was very good (WF 90) but I've never tried the others. You can't try everything, can you. Colour: white wine. Nose: crushed kippers in a blend of seawater, bone-dry white wine and cider vinegar, boosted with some tincture of iodine and a few bits of bandages. Someone's added bits of tyres and drops of antirust paint later on. There's also a little damp garden peat, potting soil and just rainwater over tarmac. As Ardbeggian as it gets, I would say, while the oloroso part remained pretty discreet. A few touches of fresh walnut skins. Mouth: pure zesty and tarry Ardbegness, a little fruitier on the palate (grapefruits, maracuja), with some cigar ashes (or the feeling of having smoked a pack of Craven 'A' just last night), while it would then become a little quieter, almost 'smoother'. It's not nosediving, not at all, but it is losing a little steam. Finish: the simplest part. Lemon zests, some saltiness and smoked herbs. Ashes again in the aftertaste. Comments: splendid, as expected, even if the show was a tad short, not unlike Madonna's. Well… Nah, loved it.


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