Ardbeg 29 Year Old 1975 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whiskey. Single sherry cask distilled March 1975 and bottled October 2004 by Douglas Laing & Co. for the Old & Rare Platinum Selection
255 numbered bottles at full strength.
Cooked apple-skin hits the nose closely followed by a menthol-smokiness. The smoke on the nose is thick and heavy, then landing on the palate it is astonishingly phenolic, peppery and smokey. The finish lingers for an age with tobacco smoke and rich fruitiness.
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.