Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A rare 1972 vintage Ardbeg produced for Juuls Vinhandel in Denmark in 2004. This release is referred to as 'Ping No.1' on the back and was produced for the 30th Business Anniversary of Michael Madsen (one of their workers). A real collector's item.
Tasting notes from distillery manager Stuart Thomson.
Nose: A heavy and lively mix of aromatics, this single cask reveals an amazing balance of rich savoury and sweet flavours, setting an expectation of depth and intensity. At full strength, the aroma is initially rich and raisiny with hints of fruit cake and coffee. Then rich beefy savoury flavours emerge wtih black olives, smoky bacon a hint of salami and rich peat oil in the background.
With water: The aroma increases in aromatic oils revealing layers of lemon and lavender oil and aniseed. Beneath the oils, a soft creaminess is discovered with hints of peat and lemoncurd, reminiscent of eating a lemon meringue pie with a mountful of simmering cappucino coffee with cacoa powder on top.
Taste: The mouth-feel is smooth and exceptionally oily and chewy with a lightly mounth-coating effeect.
The taste is rich, sumptuous and full-flavoured revealing a beguiling mix of lemon oil and barley sugar intermingled with walnuts, treacle and dates. There is a big smoky middle which brings bourbon biscuits, cocoa and the flavour of coffee cake.
Finish: Long and intriguing with lemon curd, olives and cocoa.