Ardbeg 10yo single cask – bottled by the SMWSA – Cask number 33.91

Islay region – matured in a puncheon cask – 64.4%ABV – $95 (no longer available – only a few hundred bottles available)

Over the next few days I’m going to focus on whiskies by distilleries I’ll be visiting while in Scotland.  I’ll be in Scotland from August 12th – 20th (as part of a tour led by Jason Johnstone-Yellin of GSD and the Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society) and I’ll be visiting:

  • Arran
  • Ardbeg
  • Bowmore
  • Lagavulin
  • Talisker
  • Glenmorangie
  • The Balvenie
  • Glenglassaugh
  • plus others…

During the tour I plan on taking lots of pictures, videos and keeping a tour diary that will be made public and will be made available as soon as humanly possible.

So, today’s whisky is one bottled by the SMWSA.  A young peaty Ardbeg.  Let’s see how she fares…

On the nose  VERY young smelling stuff!  Fruity new make spirit.

After a couple of minutes to get past the newness of it all and we’ve got notes of barbecued pulled pork (or what I remember of it).

Lime & agave (think silver, unaged tequila).

This is a very aggressive whisky and not the most complex but not unpleasant.

On the mouth Much softer than expected.

Pussycat attack with honey and burnt sugar.

Some lemon pledge furniture polish.

Salty iodine, fresh sea air.

More like a smoky Mezcal, really.

Those agave notes are really present here.

Finish A touch of milk chocolate with chili peppers.  Medium long.

In sum Not what I’m after in an Ardbeg.  Even young Ardbeg (the ones I’ve had) seemed ready.  This one, on the other hand, seemed like it could have used a few more years in the cask (or maybe even to spent some time in another cask).

Special thanks goes out to Chris Kent for the Sample!

One thought on “Ardbeg 10yo single cask – bottled by the SMWSA – Cask number 33.91”

  1. Yo Yossi!

    I am sooooo jealous! Sounds like an excellent itinerary. I’ll be with you in spirit (pun intended).

    As far as the whisky review, I once sampled a 6 year old Ardbeg (one of those for discussion purposes only ones). Probably one of the youngest Single Malts that I’ve ever head (except for the PC6 of course). Very aggressive stuff, but also quite compelling. Good to mix it up a bit. And I don’t mean cocktails! Now I’m craving tequila and fish tacos.

    Have a great trip! Buon Viaggio!

    G-LO

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *