Ardbeg 23 YO – Twenty Something (2017)

ABV: 46.3 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and peat. At first there’s a cloud of mint and campfire smoke floating on top of a vanilla and dried fruits center. It’s a mineral rich peatiness with a coastal side to it as well. When it settles there’s a note of unscented lotion coming through in the center. The whole feels quite vibrant despite its age. With time in the glass everything seems to level out and it becomes a well-balanced nose. There are now notes of dark chocolate, raisins, figs, honey and leather floating around and the whole becomes quite complex. This is a great nose with a nice mix of new and old.

Mouth: It starts out with a lemon note in the back and a nice peppery spicyness around the edges. The mineral rich side of the peatiness grows quickly on the outside while the center part fills with sweet fruitiness with raisins, figs, honey, vanilla and old leather. It still feels quite fresh for its age but a slight veil of dustiness sits in between the sweetness and the peat. It’s quite complex and there are many small notes floating around. After a few seconds the coastal notes arrive and it becomes slightly salty which adds to the experience. (If it gets 10+ minutes in the glass there’s a fresher fruitiness arriving as well).

Finish: The transition is gentle and there’s no surges or spikes. The dried, dark fruitiness with raisins and figs are first out together with a now detectable oakiness. It’s connected to the vanilla and the unscented lotion note. The minty and mineral rich top layer is still floating around while the background fills with coastal notes, leather and dustiness side by side with a lemon sourness. With time in the glass there’s a fresher fruitiness added to the mix as well. The oakiness is dry and the late finish is a mix of oak and campfire smoke. This is a fantastic whisky and it’s an ever changing experience while time passes in the glass.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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