Ardbeg 19 Year Old 1991 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whiskey. Single refill hogshead bottled August 2010 by Douglas Laing & Co. for the Old & Rare Platinum Selection. 236 bottles.
Initially barley sweet with vanilla fudge and subtle spices – it then warms through a certain citric style to something more salty, and darkly peated. That citrus is still apparent on its soft early palate – with some chocolate? – which then heads to a Fisherman’s Friend spiced style plus vanilla and more peat. On the finish detect the cough drop’s camphor, smoke, and liquorice – with a late ongoing and long lasting beachy and long lasting phenolic quality.
Ardbeg Distillery was established in Ardbeg on the Kildalton Peninsular on the Isle of Islay in 1815 by John McDougal. Ardbeg Distillery draws soft peaty water from Loch Uigeadail and Loch Airigh nam Beist up amongst the hills behind the distillery. Ardbeg Distillery is a participant in the world famous Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Visitors are welcome at the distillery visitor center which offers Ardbeg Distillery tours and serves delicious Scottish fare in the Ardbeg Café.