Review: Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 Authentic Collection
Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Ardbeg Distillery
Bottling: Wm Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection
Cost: £150 from Cadenhead’s
What they say:
Ardbeg Distillery 1993 21yo 53.2%.
Bottled July 2015.
Prawn toast and natural yoghurt. Soft iodine, birch and dry seashells.
Oily and fishy with scallops and crab paté. Quite creamy with some lemongrass and lime.
Kedgeree, boiled milk and lingering soft peat smoke.
What I say:
Sample thanks to the MadVatter at Adventures In Whiskyland, from a recent tasting he hosted for the Edinburgh University Water of Life Society.
Very light gold (2/20), medium legs and slow-forming medium-sized tears
Minty and peaty, mint choc chip ice-cream, vanilla, coconut, fondant icing, salt, chalk, shellfish, fresh lemon juice, cider vinegar, peach and spearmint
Prickly honey-water, lemon, mint, lemongrass, cooking apple sour/unsweetened, cider vinegar, herbal, tobacco leaf, sandalwood, eucalyptus, murray mint, mint & butterscotch sweeties, tar, medicated lozenges like fishermen’s friends.
Long, earthy peat smoke, honey sweet, lemon and lime, green and vegetal, fresh lemongrass and mint leaves (a little like a mojito)
Minty, subtle peat as it has been tempered by a long maturation in a sadly very underactive cask – there are almost hints in here of freshly sawn wood and sawdust.
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