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Ardbeg 25 Year Old

25th January 2021
Ardbeg release the oldest permanent expression to join their core range, the  Ardbeg 25 Year Old.

Ardbeg 25 Year OldToday Ardbeg released their newest and oldest permanent expression to join their core range, the Ardbeg 25 Year Old which Ardbeg says proves unequivocally that age cannot tame Ardbeg’s smoky power.

Distilled back in the 1990s, at a time when the Ardbeg distillery was only producing a trickle of new make spirit every year. They have not revealed what type of casks the Ardbeg 25 year old has been matured in but given its age and although it is a permanent addition to the core range it will still only be available in limited quantities.

The Ardbeg 25 year old is non chill-filtered and has been bottled at 46% ABV and as you would expect it is presented in premium packaging. Housed in a unique gun metal bottle encased in a beautifully intricate metal 'cage' – a modern take on the classic Ardbeg knotwork, and symbolic of the complexity of Ardbeg whisky.

Ardbeg's Whisky Creator, Dr Bill Lumsden, commented: "After a quarter of a century in the cask, you’d be forgiven for imagining that Ardbeg 25 Years Old would have lost some of the hallmark Ardbeg smoky punch. I can assure you it hasn’t. And yet there’s also a remarkable complexity and elegance to this whisky that I find utterly captivating. It’s unmistakably Ardbeg, but unlike any Ardbeg you’ve tasted before."

You will need deep pockets if you want to taste the new Ardbeg 25 Year Old which has a RRP of £710, even so I don't think it will be around for long, so if you want a bottle I would advise you to not hang around.

You will find the Ardbeg 25 Year Old along with current Ardbeg whisky range available from Ardbeg Embassies and specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Ardbeg 25 Year Old Review

Bottled at 46% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A pungent burst of smoked cream, peppermint and toffee, with Ardbeg’s classic fennel and pine resin. Distant earthy bonfires mix with herbal and fruity (banana and tropical) notes, along with fragrant candle wax.

Taste: An extremely vibrant, hot peppery mouthfeel leads into a burst of sherbet lemon sweetness (candied apples, pears and orange), hints of carbolic soap and tar, more creamy toffee, aniseed and chilli pepper.

Finish: A long, mellow, lingering aftertaste, with lots of cream, fudge and delicate antiseptic notes. An elegant, soothing style of Ardbeg.

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