Mackillop’s Choice Ardbeg Tasting Notes

Posted: August 24, 2015 in Ardbeg, Scotch Whisky A-G

Mackillop’s Choice Ardbeg 1993 (21 year old) 54.3%

Bourbon Cask 1289/ Dist: Sept 1993 Btl: Dec 2014/ Tasted: Apr 2015

Quite a fresh and fishy nose with ozone, iodine, medicinal peat, salt and fisherman’s friends. Beneath lies some thick, set honey and barley which begins to force their way through the peat. With time hints of roses, manure and coffee can be detected. Wonderfully invigorating and wonderfully mature!

The palate opens with some lightly oiled barley followed by brine, violets, fish oils, dusty peat, iodine and building medicinal notes. The oak sits beneath adding structure and light Columbian coffee notes. Quite malty on the middle with a touch of spice. Good length with dusty sweet peat, wood spice, parma violets, coffee and the sweet barley lingering. Very elegant and superbly balanced.

Mackillop’s Choice Ardbeg 1993 (24 year old) 50.9%

Bourbon Cask 1290/ Dist: Sept 1993 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A woody and chocolaty nose with gritty peat smoke. Beneath lies some lovely sweet barley and honey along with hints of malt. menthol and eucalyptus. A truly stunning old Ardbeg with late notes of salt, baked apple. rhubarb, tar and fragrant barley.

Soft and gentle on the palate, opening with barley, white chocolate and bitter, woody spice. Hints of earthy peat, vanilla and more wood spice. Subtle notes of violets, straw, baked fruit, apricot and lime come through on the middle, along with a touch of salt. Stunningly deep and complex. Long and salty finish with lingering violety, sweet peat, wood spice and heather.


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